GERMANY - OCTOBER 18:  A four-rotor German Enigma cypher machine with a second operator display (a 'remote lampboard'), made during World War II. This type of machine, devised by the German Navy in 1939, was used to encode wartime messages requiring a particularly high degree of security. The cracking of German cypher codes by Allied intelligence was a major achievement in cryptanalysis and played a key role in the outcome of the North Atlantic U-boat engagements. The search to crack the the Enigma codes also resulted in ?Colossus?, the first all-electronic digital computer. This rare machine is thought to have been used in the post-war years for coding diplomatic traffic in Switzerland.  (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
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    Arrayed in the pull-down menus at the top of the page is a collection of commentary and comments about roleplaying games and roleplaying techniques for both players and adjudicators. The most recent entry specifically on running games takes pride of place in the headline above. The most recent entries on all topics can be found listed below in the Livre d'Eibon

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What to expect from Casting Shadows

Using either the pull-down menus at the top of the page, or the various means of tag and category search tools arrayed along the sides, readers can explore a growing collection of commentary and comments about roleplaying games and techniques for both players and adjudicators. The focus of these posts is strictly on face-to-face and play-by-post ‘tabletop’ … Continue reading


#RPGaDay 2015 Day 30: Favorite RPG-playing celebrity

The question for Day 30 asks about our favorite among the celebrities we are aware play RPGs. I am not that interested in the phenomenon of celebrity and pay attention to the doings of very few. This, I guess, is simply one of those questions which doesn’t have much relevance to me personally, but I feel … Continue reading


#RPGaDay 2015 Day 29: Favorite RPG Blog

The question for Day 29 asks about our favorite RPG website or blog. I am going to focus on the blog option. Looking back over my past responses to this series, I am wishing now that I had thought to stretch my interpretation to include YouTube Channels as a type of ‘podcast.’ I had initially … Continue reading

#RPGaDay 2015 Day 28: Favored Game, no longer played

The question for Day 28 is about a game that used to be a favorite but is no longer in rotation within your group. It is no longer played. I tend to have multiple games going on at one time, and to try new games quite often, so for this question, I will be addressing … Continue reading

#RPGaDay 2015 Day 27: Merging two games

I answered today’s question fairly fully on my YouTube channel so this will be a short entry. The question for Day 27 is on merging two games or genres. I think at some point most groups try this to one extent or another, so I am expecting a good variety of posts today. For my … Continue reading

#RPGaDay 2015 Day 26: Inspiration

Today’s question asks us to share our favorite source of inspiration for our games. For once, I am glad of the inclusion of the word favorite in the question for I feel many things inspire me to one degree or another.  The world around us is fuel for our imaginings and recognized or not, offers … Continue reading

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