Jon Spengler

A Seattle transplant from Minnesota, Jon has a long history of running table-top role-playing games, being overly enthusiastic, and not finishing video games.

13A Hack: Player Driven Relationship Rolls

The 13th Age core book details three main uses for Icon relationship dice: rolling at the start of every session for improvisational guides, rolling for dramatic events, and rolling for discovery and surprise when the players go off the prepped course. The latter two are brilliant; they successfully allow players

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13th Age Contest: The White and the Wizard King

I only recently discovered the Iconic Podcast, a show dedicated to my favorite edition of D&D: 13th Age. Not only do they interview the big players in the 13th Age scene including the game’s co-creator Rob Heinsoo, but it’s refreshing to hear a gaming podcast really drill down into the mechanics of a particular game in

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Knight Squad: Chivalry is Dead

The Knight Squad station within the XBox One pavilion on the PAX Prime 2014 expo floor was unassuming. Nestled between the fluorescent Sunset Overdrive wall and the irresistible Dragon Age: Inquisition multiplayer demos, I might have missed it if it wasn’t for the people screaming while jamming buttons on their controllers.

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Hand of Fate: Early Access Worth Your Time

I’m not a huge fan of early access games as I am a terrible alpha/beta tester. I have little tolerance for unfinished games and quickly become too impatient to offer actual feedback. But one of the most unexpected trends of PAX Prime 2014 was the presence of playable, polished, fun games that weren’t

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One Way Heroics Review

When I’m looking through Steam for another indie fix I’m primarily looking for two things: novelty and stress. This is why the roguelike genre holds my attention the best: they all typically feature procedurally generated content to keep things novel and that special brand of permadeath stress. When I saw

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Learned Lesson – Day 28 D&D 40th Anniversary Blog Hop

This is the final day of the of d20 Dark Ages’ D&D 40th Anniversary Blog Hop Challenge! Based off of the challenge’s prompts I will be sharing personal stories about my history with Dungeons & Dragons every day in February. You can hop to another participating blog by using the links at

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Doing It Over Again – Day 27 D&D 40th Anniversary Blog Hop

This is day 27 of the of d20 Dark Ages’ D&D 40th Anniversary Blog Hop Challenge! Based off of the challenge’s prompts I will be sharing personal stories about my history with Dungeons & Dragons every day in February. You can hop to another participating blog by using the links at the

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First Gaming Group – Day 26 D&D 40th Anniversary Blog Hop

This is day 26 of the of d20 Dark Ages’ D&D 40th Anniversary Blog Hop Challenge! Based off of the challenge’s prompts I will be sharing personal stories about my history with Dungeons & Dragons every day in February. You can hop to another participating blog by using the links at the

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Longest Group – Day 25 D&D 40th Anniversary Blog Hop

This is day 25 of the of d20 Dark Ages’ D&D 40th Anniversary Blog Hop Challenge! Based off of the challenge’s prompts I will be sharing personal stories about my history with Dungeons & Dragons every day in February. You can hop to another participating blog by using the links at the

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D&D Movie – Day 24 D&D 40th Anniversary Blog Hop

This is day 24 of the of d20 Dark Ages’ D&D 40th Anniversary Blog Hop Challenge! Based off of the challenge’s prompts I will be sharing personal stories about my history with Dungeons & Dragons every day in February. You can hop to another participating blog by using the links at the

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