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  • By Matthew Richmond
    May 19, 2015
    Highly recommended. As a long time DM who is now playing characters it is an excellent insight into role playing games.
  • By Jessica Hausauer
    Aug 25, 2014
    I would highly recommend this read! As the title hints, this is a book of short essays on the world of RPGs. It is a wide sampling of the world of Smolensk from serious reflections to humorous sideways looks at role-playing games built from the authors long-term experience and love of RPGs. The author's style is informal compared to his other book How to Run: An Advanced Guide to Managing Role-Playing Games, and is suitable for anyone with even the most basic familiarity with RPG's and a desire to examine them at a different level. It can serve many purposes for the reader. If you wish to increase your ability to portray a character in game or are curious to enter the world of RPG's with some tricks up your sleeve this will help. The main essay: How to Play a Character provides many pointers and things to think about that will assist. If you love to think about and debate the playing of RPG's there is a ton of material here. Although it is mainly written from the POV of DnD, these are... More > all ideas, musings and suggestions that can work for any RPG or LARP. Some readers may disagree with Smolensk's POV or arguments. But, it does not undermine what he is attempting to do in these essays. The point being to start thinking about RPGs. Examining them, pull them apart a little and look inside, see how they work. And I am sure that he'd love to argue with your online on his blog if an interactive experience is what you need. My favorite essay is the short story "Full of Holes". I don't want to spoil the plot for others, but he really does have a point. I would love to hear other's thoughts on this short story and how it applies to RPG's and even MMORPG's. It is a fantastic precursor, a warm-up if you will to How to Run: An Advanced Guide to Managing Role-Playing Games which is more specifically aimed at Dungeon/Game Masters. Smolensk does not pull his punches which has earned him a loyal following, as well as, loyal Trolls. If you love the Role Playing Game world I would strongly recommend checking his non-fiction and essay collection out, even if just out of curiosity.< Less
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Product Details

Second Edition
Pegasus Rider Publications
August 8, 2014
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.34 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
4.25 wide x 6.88 tall
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