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A rotating cast of gnomes (from Gnome Stew, the award winning gaming blog) gather every two weeks to discuss table top gaming topics from their articles and elsewhere. Will we be good enough to avoid being thrown in the stew?
 
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Welcome to the GnomeCast, the Gnome Stew’s tabletop gaming advice podcast. Here we talk with the other gnomes about gaming things to avoid becoming part of the stew. So I guess we’d better be good. Today we have myself Ang, along with Jared, Chris and Lori. We’re going to talk about our thoughts on the recently announced playtest for One D&D and th…
 
Welcome to the GnomeCast, the Gnome Stew’s tabletop gaming advice podcast. Here we talk with the other gnomes about gaming things to avoid becoming part of the stew. So I guess we’d better be good. Today we have myself Ang, along with Jared and Matt and we are going to talk about the D&D movie trailer and how media influences our games! Download: G…
 
Ang is joined by newest gnome Lori for another installment of “Get to Know a New Gnome.” Get to know Lori’s gaming background, other interests, and future plans for the Stew. Links for this episode: Check out Lori’s book Home: Selected Lyrics, Poems, and Photographs 2020-2021. Check out Sean Kelley’s new podcast GM Mastermind. Keep up with all the …
 
Jared is joined by special guest Shawn Merwin for a discussion about the setting and new rules of Ghostfire Gaming’s apocalyptic fantasy D&D supplement Arora: Age of Desolation. Links for this episode: Arora: Age of Desolation from Ghostfire Gaming is on Kickstarter through Saturday, June 18th. Follow Shawn at @shawnmerwin on Twitter and check out …
 
Join Ang, Jared, and Tomas (again!) for a discussion about ways to handle running a group of characters to rival your game’s PCs or even running two separate PC groups! Can these gnomes deal well enough with their rivals to keep themselves out of the stew? Links for this episode: Check out Jared’s blog What Do I Know? Jared recommends Green Ronin’s…
 
Join Ang, Jared, and Tomas for a discussion about their experiences and opinions of different settings for Dungeons & Dragons through the years. Can these gnomes live in enough different worlds to keep them out of the stew? Links for this episode: Check out Jared’s blog What Do I Know? Follow Tomas at @TGimenezrGM on Twitter, and find his articles …
 
Jared is joined by very special guest James Introcaso, Lead Designer of MCDM Productions, to discuss “Flee, Mortals!”, the MDCM monster book for 5e. They talk design process and decisions, plus some of James’ other work, both past and future. Links for this episode: “Flee, Mortals!” is on Kickstarter through Monday, May 2nd. MCDM Productions ARCADI…
 
Join Ang, Jared, and Senda for a discussion about those magical gaming moments that keep you coming back for more, and how as a GM you can help those moments along. Can these gnomes have enough magic moments to keep them out of the stew? Links for this episode: Improv for Gamers Second Edition is crowdfunding on Gamefound through Thursday, May 5th.…
 
Join Ang, Jared, and Phil for a discussion about running games in settings with established canonical storylines in other media. Is it canon that these gnomes will end up in the stew? Links for this episode: Jared’s blog What Do I Know? DriveThruRPG bundles to support aid in Ukraine Doctors Without Borders Mega Bundle 1 Doctors Without Borders Mega…
 
Join Ang, John, and Tomas for a discussion about how to expand the selection of new games that you and your group can enjoy. Can these gnomes try enough new games to escape the stew? Links for this episode: Tomas’ game Stuck and Wretched is available in both English and Spanish at itch.io here or DriveThruRPG here. The Wretched by Chris Bisette Fia…
 
Join Ang, Chuck, and Jared for a discussion about balancing gaming with the rest of life and recognizing when you might want to step back for a while. Can these gnomes achieve enough gaming-life balance to escape the stew? Links for this episode: Jared’s blog What Do I Know? Cthulhu Awakens from Green Ronin on Kickstarter through March 24th Keep up…
 
Join Ang, Matt, J.T., and Senda for Valentine’s Day readings of excerpts from stories in 26.5 Shades of Scarlet, Gnome Stew‘s collection of gnome-based romance stories. Will these gnomes be gnomantic enough to escape the stew? Links for this episode: 26.5 Shades of Scarlet is available for pay-what-you-want at DriveThruRPG, with all proceeds donate…
 
Join Ang, Jared, and J.T. for a discussion about how GMs can make good use of story tropes for the benefit of the game as well as how to avoid common trope pitfalls. Can these gnomes handle enough tropes to avoid…well, you probably already know. This episode’s links: Gnomecast #60 – “Don’t Fridge the NPC” Phil’s Gnome Stew article “Making Tropes fo…
 
Join Ang, John, and Senda for a discussion about tips and tricks for keeping your NPCs varied and interesting. Can these gnomes come up with enough interesting NPCs to avoid the stew? Check out Short Order Heroes from Calico Games. Check out Masks: 1,000 Memorable NPCs for Any Roleplaying Game from Engine Publishing. Follow John…wait, no. Don’t fol…
 
Join Ang for the latest installment of “Meet a New Gnome” as the latest gnome, Andrew (of the blog Tangible Day), joins the stew! Learn about Andrew’s gaming origin story, his own blog, and his Gnome Stew articles. Will this new gnome be spared the stew? Check out Andrew’s blog Tangible Day, and see more of his work on the Tangible Day Facebook pag…
 
Jared is joined by return guest Chris Spivey of Darker Hue Studios for a conversation about the development of Haunted West and some of Chris’s design philosophies. Follow Chris at @Darker_Hue on Twitter and check out more of his work at Darker Hue Studios. Follow Jared at @WhatDoIKnowJR on Twitter, check out his blog What Do I Know?, and catch his…
 
Jared is joined by return guest Celeste Conowitch of 2CGaming for a conversation about Celeste’s new supplement Rewards and Rarities. Check out Rewards and Rarities on Kickstarter through December 5th, 2021. Follow Celeste at @cconowitch on Twitter and check out her website at celesteconowitch.com. Check out more of her work at 2CGaming and the Ven…
 
Join Ang, Jared, and Matt as they swap gamer horror stories in “Tales from the Stewpot,” this seasonally spooky episode of Gnomecast! Follow Jared at @WhatDoIKnowJR on Twitter, check out his blog What Do I Know?, and catch his audio blog podcast at anchor.fm/whatdoiknowjraudioblog. You can’t find Matt on the Internet, except of course for at Gnome …
 
Join Ang, Chuck, and J.T. for a discussion about how to make good use of side quests and other departures from the main plots of your campaigns. Check out J.T.’s Gnome Stew article “Side Quests For The Fun Of It.” Follow J.T. at @jtevans on Twitter and check out his website at jtevans.net. Follow Chuck by using a time machine to visit MySpace. Foll…
 
Join Ang and Senda for a discussion about how to handle different kinds of relationships at your table, whether between players or characters. Follow Senda at @IdellaMithlynnd on Twitter, catch her on The Misdirected Mark Forums, and check out her other podcast Panda’s Talking Games. Follow Ang at @orikes13 on Twitter and see pictures of her cats a…
 
Join Ang, Jared, and Phil for a discussion about burning out as a GM, the ways it can happen, and what you can do about it. Phil’s article “Losing Interest” Ang’s article “GMing Fatigue” Phil’s article “The Rebound Game” Gnomecast #44 – Resisting the Shiny Follow Jared at @WhatDoIKnowJR on Twitter, check out his other blog What Do I Know?, and chec…
 
Join Ang, Chuck, and Tomas for a discussion about memorable in-game locations: where to find them, how to use them, and some of their own favorites. Do not follow Chuck on the Internet, apparently. Follow Tomas at @TGimenezrGM on Twitter and check out his work at Tribality. Follow Ang at @orikes13 on Twitter and see pictures of her cats at @orikes1…
 
Jared is joined by special guest Meagan Maricle of Kobold Press to discuss Meagan’s work in RPGs and various Kobold Press projects, including Tome of Heroes for 5E on Kickstarter now! Follow Meagan at @GMMoonwolf on Twitter. Follow Jared at @WhatDoIKnowJR on Twitter, check out his other blog What Do I Know?, and check out his text-to-speech podcast…
 
Jared is joined by special guest Celeste Conowitch for a discussion about Venture Maidens, Penwitch Studio, the creation and affects of third-party work for Dungeons & Dragons, and more! Check out Venture Maidens for both the 5E setting guide and the upcoming podcast series Campaign 2. Watch for upcoming projects from Kobold Press. Check out Kingdo…
 
Join Ang, Phil, and special guest John Carney for a discussion about what to expect as you return to the in-person gaming tables. Are these gnomes going to be careful enough to keep out of the stew? Check out Phil’s Gnome Stew article “A Checklist For Returning To Face To Face Gaming.” Follow John at @JohnCarney (not the politician) on Twitter. Fol…
 
Join Ang, Jared, and Senda for a discussion about ways that music can enhance your gaming experience. Are these gnomes musical enough to keep out of the stew? Check out Senda’s Gnome Stew article “Music to My Ears.” Follow Jared at @WhatDoIKnowJR on Twitter, check out his other blog What Do I Know?, and check out his text-to-speech podcast What Do …
 
Join Ang, Chuck, and Jared for a departure from GM advice this episode with a discussion about skills that make a player a pleasure to have at the table. Are these gnomes skilled enough players to keep out of the stew? Check out Chuck’s articles on Gnome Stew. Follow Ang at @orikes13 on Twitter and see pictures of her cats at @orikes13 on Instagram…
 
Join Ang, J.T., and Tomas for a discussion about drawing inspiration for games and applying it when you don’t have a lot of time to prepare. Can these gnomes draw enough instant inspiration to keep out of the stew? Links for this Episode J.T.’s Gnome Stew article “Heisting a Campaign” Tomas’ Tribality article “Going off the Rails – GM’s Tips and Tr…
 
Join Ang, Jared, and Senda for a discussion about things that push people off-track at the table and what GMs can do about it. Can these gnomes stay on topic long enough to keep out of the stew? Follow Senda at @IdellaMithlynnd on Twitter and @idellamithlynnd on TikTok, and check out her other podcasts Panda’s Talking Games and She’s a Super Geek. …
 
Join Ang for the latest installment of “Meet a New Gnome” as the latest gnome, Tomas, joins the stew! Learn about Tomas’ gaming history, blogging history, and Gnome Stew articles. Will this new gnome be spared the stew? Links for this episode: Tomas’ Tribality article “Stranger Things’ Demogorgon and Demodogs for Your Game” The Seas of Vodari Under…
 
Join Ang, Chuck, and JT for a discussion about how GMs being mean to their players’ characters can be done responsibly and make the game more fun for all. Can these gnomes be nicely mean enough to avoid getting thrown in the stew? Check out Chuck’s Gnome Stew article “How to Do Bad Things and Get Away With It: Advice for the Contrary Game Master an…
 
Join Jared and special guest Adam Bradford a discussion about the new online gaming venue Demiplane. Can these intrepid adventurers jump through enough planes of existence to avoid getting thrown in the stew? Register at and check out Demiplane at demiplane.com. Online gaming tool Owlbear Rodeo, referenced in the episode, can be found at owlbear.ro…
 
Join a whole stewpotful of gnomes for this very special episode of Gnomecast as the gnomes find themselves lost, confused, and pursued by a sinister figure. There might not be anything that can keep the gnomes out of the stew this time! Thanks go out to all our listeners and supporters from every gnome in this episode: Angela Murray, Jared Rascher,…
 
Join Ang, Jared, and Senda for a discussion about keeping a journal in games, sometimes as the primary goal and sometimes as an ancillary activity. Can these gnomes record their stories before getting thrown in the stew? The Kickstarter campaign for The Last Will and Testament of Gideon Blythe from Jeeyon Shim has already closed, but see the campai…
 
Join Chuck, Di, and John for a discussion about professional expectations in gaming, the second part last episode’s talk about paid GMing. Are these gnomes professional enough to avoid being thrown in the stew? Follow Di at @DiceQueenDi on Twitter, dicequeenDi on Twitch, and DiceQueen Di on YouTube. Follow Chuck at @InnocuousChuck on Twitter. Follo…
 
Join Chuck, Di, and John for a discussion about paid GMing and its impact on the hobby. Can these gnomes get enough GMing gigs to avoid being thrown in the stew? Follow Di at @DiceQueenDi on Twitter, dicequeenDi on Twitch, and DiceQueen Di on YouTube. Follow Chuck at @InnocuousChuck on Twitter. Follow John at @johnarcadian on Twitter, and find more…
 
Join Ang, Chuck, and John for a discussion about how minis-and-props gaming has changed after a lot of it has moved online. Can these gnomes take advantage of terrain and avoid being thrown in the stew? A photo of the cityscape Ang described in the episode. Follow Chuck at @InnocuousChuck on Twitter. Follow Ang at @orikes13 on Twitter and see pictu…
 
Join Ang, Jared, and J.T. for a discussion about new editions of games, both from designer and consumer perspectives. Can these gnomes stay current enough to avoid being thrown in the stew? Check out Seth Skorkowsky’s YouTube channel. Follow J.T. at @jtevans on Twitter and check out his work and other social media at jtevans.net. Follow Jared at @W…
 
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