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Gnomecast

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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Gnomecast #73 – Navigating the Casual

Join Ang, Jen, and Matt for a discussion about how to handle players that are less invested in the game. Are these gnomes serious enough to avoid getting tossed in the stew this week? Check out Commandroids: A World Transformed on Kickstarter through September 2nd! Get details on GEM fund-matching for the 2019 IGDN Metatopia Sponsorship here. Follow Jen at @JenKatWrites on Twitter, check out the JenKatWrites Patreon, and check out her blog First Sight Second Thoughts. Do not try to follow Matt on the Internet, but check out his articles at Gnome Stew! Follow Ang at @orikes13 on Twitter and see pictures of her cats at @orikes13 on Instagram. Keep up with all the gnomes by visiting gnomestew.com, following @gnomestew on Twitter, or visiting the Gnome Stew Facebook Page. Subscribe to the Gnome Stew Twitch channel, check out Gnome Stew Merch, and support Gnome Stew on Patreon! For another great show on the Misdirected Mark network, check out Wednesday Evening Podcast All-Stars!

31mins

22 Aug 2019

Rank #1

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Gnomecast #56 – It All Goes Sideways

Join Ang, Jared, John, and Phil for GM advice about what to do when players take your game in unexpected directions. Can these gnomes deal well enough with the unexpected to keep out of the stew? Keep up with all the gnomes by visiting gnomestew.com, following @gnomestew on Twitter, or visiting the Gnome Stew Facebook Page. Check out Gnome Stew Merch, and support Gnome Stew on Patreon! Follow John at @johnarcadian on Twitter, John Arcadian on Facebook, at his website johnarcadian.com, or anywhere fine John Arcadians are bartered. Follow Phil at @DNAphil on Twitter, on Panda’s Talking Games, on the Misdirected Mark podcast (live streamed on the Misdirected Mark Twitch channel every Tuesday at 8:45pm Eastern, 6:45 the Queen’s Time, when not on the holiday schedule), or check out his work at Encoded Designs. Follow Jared at @KnightErrant_JR on Twitter or at his stew-defying blog What Do I Know? Follow Ang at @orikes13 on Twitter and find her in the Misdirected Mark Google+ Community.

30mins

27 Dec 2018

Rank #2

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GnomeCast #32 – Gaming and Group Style

This episode of Gnomecast rings in the new year with John, Taylor, and Tracy discussing gaming and group styles thanks to Wendelyn’s Gnome Stew article “Role Playing Group Styles“. Visit Gnome Stew, check out Gnome Stew Merch, and support Gnome Stew on Patreon! Learn more about Taylor’s projects at Riverhouse Games and follow him on Twitter at @LeviathanFiles. Learn more about Tracy’s projects at The Other Tracy, follow him on Twitter at @TheOtherTracy, and check out TheOtherCast on Patreon. Follow John on Twitter at @johnarcadian, find him on Facebook, and check out his videos on YouTube. Thanks to Rob Abrazado for all the help

21mins

11 Jan 2018

Rank #3

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Gnomecast #70 – Meet an Old Gnome: John Arcadian

Join Ang for the first installment of our new series where we give the “Meet a New Gnome” treatment to some of our old gnomes. We start things off with Co-head Gnome John Arcadian. Catch John’s various origin stories and plans for the future of Gnome Stew. Will both these head gnomes grant each other immunity from the stew this week? Follow John at @johnarcadian on Twitter, check out his work at johnarcardian.com or find him wherever fine John Arcadians are bartered or sold. Follow Ang at @orikes13 on Twitter. Keep up with all the gnomes by visiting gnomestew.com, following @gnomestew on Twitter, or visiting the Gnome Stew Facebook Page. Subscribe to the Gnome Stew Twitch channel, check out Gnome Stew Merch, and support Gnome Stew on Patreon! For another great show on the Misdirected Mark network, check out Bone, Stone, and Obsidian!

23mins

11 Jul 2019

Rank #4

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Gnomecast #47 – Gaming in the Great Outdoors

Join Ang, Taylor, and Troy on Gnomecast for a follow-up discussion of Troy’s Gnome Stew article “Troy’s Crock Pot: Take It Outside, Kiddos” and reasons and techniques for gaming outdoors! Will these Gnomes’ overland adventuring be enough to keep them out of the stew? Keep up with all the gnomes by visiting gnomestew.com, following @gnomestew on Twitter, or visiting the Gnome Stew Facebook Page. Check out Gnome Stew Merch, and support Gnome Stew on Patreon! Check out Troy’s blog The Dungeon Delver and find him in the Dungeon Masters Guild Fanclub and Dungeon Masters Guild Creator’s Circle Facebook groups. You can also find him at @Troy_pjstar on Twitter. Follow Taylor at @LeviathanFiles on Twitter and check out his work at Riverhouse Games. Follow Ang at @orikes13 on Twitter or find her in the Misdirected Mark Google+ Community.

28mins

23 Aug 2018

Rank #5

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Gnomecast #36 – GMing Difficult Decisions

It’s an easy decision to listen to this podcast, but not all decisions are that easy! Join Ang, Phil, and Senda on this episode of the Gnomecast as they discuss Senda’s Gnome Stew article “Difficult Decisions in Your Game.” Keep up with the Gnome Stew blog at gnomestew.com, on Twitter at @gnomestew, or on the Gnome Stew Facebook page. Catch Phil and Senda on their podcast Panda’s Talking Games! Or catch Phil on the Misdirected Mark Podcast and Senda on She’s a Super Geek. Follow Ang on Twitter at @orikes13, or find her in the Misdirected Mark Google+ Community. Follow Phil on Twitter at @DNAphil. Follow Senda on Twitter at @IdellaMithlynnd.

23mins

22 Mar 2018

Rank #6

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Gnomecast #72 – GMing from NOTHING

Join Ang, John, and Chris for a discussion about getting comfortable running games without any prep and relying on improvisation. Will these gnomes be able to improvise their way out of getting tossed in the stew this week? Resources mentioned in this show include: Play Unsafe by Graham Walmsley Unframed: The Art of Improvisation for Game Masters from Engine Publishing Get details on GEM fund-matching for the 2019 IGDN Metatopia Sponsorship here. Follow Chris at @Thelight101 on Twitter and Christoper M. Sneizak on Facebook. Follow John at @johnarcadian on Twitter and anywhere fine John Arcadians are bartered or sold, like johnarcadian.com. Follow Ang at @orikes13 on Twitter and see pictures of her cats at @orikes13 on Instagram. Keep up with all the gnomes by visiting gnomestew.com, following @gnomestew on Twitter, or visiting the Gnome Stew Facebook Page. Subscribe to the Gnome Stew Twitch channel, check out Gnome Stew Merch, and support Gnome Stew on Patreon! For another great show on the Misdirected Mark network, check out Panda’s Talking Games!

34mins

8 Aug 2019

Rank #7

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Gnomecast #46 – Gen Con 2018

Join Head Gnome John for a series of short interviews with attendees at Gen Con 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Settle in for a bonus-sized episode! The interviews in this episode include: A quick chat with long-time Gen Con attendee Lorraine and also local bartender Jameson, both at the nearby Loughmiller’s Pub. Another quick chat with game industry veteran Tony Law. Caleb Stokes of Hebanon Games talks about his ENnie-nominated game, Red Markets. Dave Chalker of Critical Hits discusses the upcoming Sentinel Comics: the Roleplaying Game. As of the publication of this episode, the full game is not yet released, but the starter kit is available now! Brennan Taylor of Galileo Games talks about his game Bulldogs!, the recently released supplement for it, People of the Zone, and his upcoming historical samurai game Thousand Arrows. Rich Howard speaks with John about the upcoming Descent Into Midnight, the underwater adventure RPG that Rich is helping develop. Brian Engard and Anna Meade of Blue Gables Publishing & Consulting chat with John about the new edition of the game Becoming (coming soon!) as well as the recently released (to Kickstarter backers) dark future Uprising RPG from Evil Hat Productions. Uprising is set to be available to the public next month. Eloy Lasanta of Third Eye Games catches up with John about what it’s like to be a convention GM for Third Eye and also about his upcoming release of Part-Time Gods Second Edition. Check out the preview available now! Craig Campbell of Nerdburger Games discusses his Prohibition-era superhero RPG CAPERS, available soon. James Introcaso of World Builder Blog and the Don’t Split the Podcast Network talks about the new announcement about Burn Bryte, a game he’s helping develop exclusively for Roll20. Chris Spivey of Darker Hue Studios talks about his multiple ENnie Awards wins for Harlem Unbound as well as the new sci-fi line he’s developing for Chaosium. Derek Knutsen-Frey and Daniel Knutsen-Frey discuss Palegain Press‘ Universal Storytelling System and its upcoming module, Flower of Heaven: Shrine of the Fallen Heroes. There’s still time to back the Flower of Heaven Kickstarter! Jacob McEntire of Flying Nightbear Games talks about his upcoming game Beyonder. Kickstarter coming soon; keep an eye on the Beyonder website for news! Nicole Liberty catches John up on the happenings at the Indie Game Developer Network booth at Gen Con. Wayne Johnson shows off his new product GRIDSCAPE fresh off Kickstarter and available to the public soon from Battleboard Games! Tristan Zimmerman talks about Molten Sulfer Blog, a source of gameable inspiration from real history! Jacqueline Bryk talks about the importance of safety tools and mechanics and her work on them in Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition. Keep up with all the gnomes by visiting gnomestew.com, following @gnomestew on Twitter, or visiting the Gnome Stew Facebook Page. Check out Gnome Stew Merch, and support Gnome Stew on Patreon! Check out John at johnarcadian.com. Follow Ang at @orikes13 on Twitter or find her in the Misdirected Mark Google+ Community.

1hr 10mins

9 Aug 2018

Rank #8

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GnomeCast #30 – Holiday Games

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. This episode we have John, Senda, and JT talking about Holiday Games.

22mins

14 Dec 2017

Rank #9

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Gnomecast #41 – Meet a New Gnome: Camdon Wright

Join Ang and get to know the newest Gnome, Camdon, in this new “Meet a New Gnome” episode of Gnomecast! Learn about Camdon’s start in gaming and his plans for future games and Gnome Stew articles! Will Camdon’s favorite blue dragon be able to keep him out of the stew? Keep up with all the gnomes by visiting gnomestew.com, following @gnomestew on Twitter, or visiting the Gnome Stew Facebook Page. Check out Gnome Stew Merch, and support Gnome Stew on Patreon! Follow Ang at @orikes13 on Twitter, or find her in the Misdirected Mark Google+ Community. Check out Camdon at camdon.com, follow him at @camdon on Twitter, and visit Camdon’s Facebook page.

20mins

31 May 2018

Rank #10

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Gnomecast #38 – Meet a New Gnome: Wendelyn Reischl

Join Ang and get to know the newest Gnome, Wendelyn, in this new “Meet a New Gnome” episode of Gnomecast! Learn about Wendelyn’s origin stories as a player, GM, and RPG designer, and hear some previews of upcoming Gnome Stew articles! Will all of this be enough to keep Wendelyn out of the stew? Follow Ang at @orikes13 on Twitter, or find her in the Misdirected Mark Google+ Community. Follow Wendelyn at @WendelynReischl on Twitter or on her Facebook page. Keep up with all the gnomes by visiting gnomestew.com, following @gnomestew on Twitter, or visiting the Gnome Stew Facebook Page, and check out Gnome Stew Merch!

23mins

19 Apr 2018

Rank #11

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Gnomecast #50 – Not Just Kid Stuff

Join Ang and Chris on this special 50th episode of Gnomecast! Our hosts discuss their personal history with RPGs, the state of the hobby today, and what their futures might hold. Even with 50 episodes under their belts, will the gnomes be spared a trip to the stew pot? Keep up with all the gnomes by visiting gnomestew.com, following @gnomestew on Twitter, or visiting the Gnome Stew Facebook Page. Check out Gnome Stew Merch, and support Gnome Stew on Patreon! Follow Ang at @orikes13 on Twitter or find her in the Misdirected Mark Google+ Community. Find Chris and the whole Misdirected Mark network at @MisdirectedMark on Twitter, the Misdirected Mark Facebook Group, and the Misdirected Mark Google+ Community.

24mins

4 Oct 2018

Rank #12

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Gnomecast #49 – Wrath & Glory and Iron Edda Accelerated Interview

Join Tracy and Wen in this episode of Gnomecast featuring two gnomes interviewing each other! Learn about Wrath & Glory—the new Warhammer 40,000 roleplaying game that Wen worked on—and Tracy’s new game Iron Edda Accelerated! Will all this awesome game design keep them out of the stew? Iron Edda Accelerated has finished its Kickstarter campaign and will be published soon from Encoded Designs. You can get production updates at the campaign page. You can follow Tracy at @TheOtherTracy on Twitter, check out his website theothertracy.com, and listen to his actual play podcast TheOtherCast. Wrath & Glory is currently available in PDF from DriveThruRPG, and will be available soon in retail. Check out Ulisses North America for updates! You can find Wen at his Facebook page or at @WendelynReischl on Twitter. Keep up with all the gnomes by visiting gnomestew.com, following @gnomestew on Twitter, or visiting the Gnome Stew Facebook Page. Check out Gnome Stew Merch, and support Gnome Stew on Patreon! Follow Ang at @orikes13 on Twitter or find her in the Misdirected Mark Google+ Community.

30mins

20 Sep 2018

Rank #13

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Gnomecast #55 – Session Zero

Join Ang, J.T., and Matt for a discussion about the nature and use of session zero! Will this pre-game preparation be enough to keep these gnomes out of the stew? Keep up with all the gnomes by visiting gnomestew.com, following @gnomestew on Twitter, or visiting the Gnome Stew Facebook Page. Check out Gnome Stew Merch, and support Gnome Stew on Patreon! Follow J.T. at @jtevans on Twitter, J.T. Evans on Facebook and at his website jtevans.net. Follow Matt through the hills of West Virginia. Maybe. If you can. Follow Ang at @orikes13 on Twitter and find her in the Misdirected Mark Google+ Community.

35mins

13 Dec 2018

Rank #14

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Gnomecast #34 – Directing the Camera

Lights! Podcast! Action! Join Ang, Matt, and Tracy on this episode of the Gnomecast for a discussion based on John’s Gnome Stew article “Directing the Camera.” Can these gnomes’ cinematic approach to describing roleplaying game action save them from the stew this week?

20mins

8 Feb 2018

Rank #15

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Gnomecast #59 – Roll for Initiative

Join Ang, Camdon, and Jared for a discussion on different initiative systems and different ways to manage initiative in your games. Will these gnomes act soon enough to keep them out of the stew? The product Jared mentions is the Axe n Shield Initiative Tracker. Keep up with all the gnomes by visiting gnomestew.com, following @gnomestew on Twitter, or visiting the Gnome Stew Facebook Page. Check out Gnome Stew Merch, and support Gnome Stew on Patreon! Follow Camdon at @camdon on Twitter and check out his website camdon.com. Follow Jared at @KnightErrant_JR on Twitter and check out his blog What Do I Know?. On the Internet. Follow Ang at @orikes13 on Twitter, or find her in the Misdirected Mark Google+ Community.

24mins

7 Feb 2019

Rank #16