Tanz

Tanz is an enthusiastic GM, Blogger, and avid table top gamer with over 15 years of experience. His first brush with tabletop gaming was with Dungeons and Dragons 3rd Ed. Over the years he has transitioned from player to GM, and has run many types of game systems favoring games that bend toward horror and with a supernatural twist in contemporary settings. His DM style is one that leans heavily towards adventure path style play, preferring to give players options rather than unrestricted 'sandbox' style play or narration on rails.

He regularly engages with the tabletop gaming community on twitter @Tanz444, his articles can be seen on various digital venues, and loves to GM at conventions whenever possible.

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New Player?  Pick a Comfortable Personality

New Player? Pick a Comfortable Personality

. 27.07.2016 . 0 Comments

While rolling up a character for a new ten week D&D 5e campaign, one of my fellow players new to the game said something that got my mind thinking, and so I thought I would share. If you have ever had the pleasure of running a game with players that are new to table top […]

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Giving Your Players the Hometown Advantage

Giving Your Players the Hometown Advantage

. 18.07.2016 . 0 Comments

       Anyone who knows my style of table top role playing game knows that I prefer playing in a modern setting.  The familiarity people have with a real world setting provides less of a hurdle for the GM to create a immersive experience, and this is key to reaching those all important elements […]

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First Play: Settlers of Catan

First Play: Settlers of Catan

. 11.07.2016 . 0 Comments

What I knew going in Even through Settlers of Catan is a common game these days I really knew very little going in.  I had looked at the back of the box once or twice in passing and knew that the game revolved around trading commodities and trying to take over a strange symmetrical land […]

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10 Year Anniversary Review: Arkham Horror’s Curse of the Dark Pharaoh

10 Year Anniversary Review: Arkham Horror’s Curse of the Dark Pharaoh

. 27.06.2016 . 0 Comments

The Evolution The big changes between the two additions of the game I think were much needed and help to make it more thematic and balanced without making it seem like fans of the original were losing something with the newer version.  Generally between the two you saw a shift from completely barred locations to […]

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Is Anything Really Possible in a Table Top RPG?

Is Anything Really Possible in a Table Top RPG?

. 22.06.2016 . 0 Comments

The Possibility Hurdle One of the hardest things that new players run into when getting into table top role playing is the possibility hurdle.  Just what can and can not be done in a particular situation.  I’ve recently had the opportunity to sit down and create a whole new character with a new GM and […]

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My Love for Contagion in D&D 5e

My Love for Contagion in D&D 5e

. 15.06.2016 . 1 Comment

So as I was leveling up my Cleric for a recent D&D campaign my group is playing though I came across Contagion (PH 227), which Clerics can take when they gain access to 4th level spells.  This spell seems just too good, and may be worth toning down if you are the DM.  If you […]

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Use ’em or Lose ’em: Getting Your Players to Use In-Game Allies 

Use ’em or Lose ’em: Getting Your Players to Use In-Game Allies 

. 07.06.2016 . 0 Comments

Do you remember that one guy? One of the things that I have struggled with as a GM over the years is how to get your players to utilize the relationships that they make in game both for their own benefit and to open doors for future richer character development.  It seems that a viscous […]

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My Frustration with Clerics in D&D5e

My Frustration with Clerics in D&D5e

. 01.06.2016 . 0 Comments

Ok so a few weeks ago my local gaming group wrapped up a 10 week set of sessions for our D&D5e campaign.  For this game I thought I would break from my usual go-to classes and choose something that I normally wouldn’t play, and so I chose Cleric.  Specifically I’m playing a chaotic good Rock […]

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The Yin and Yang of Stock Monsters in D&D

The Yin and Yang of Stock Monsters in D&D

. 01.06.2016 . 0 Comments

As GMs we all know that tweaking the stock monsters to suit you game needs is something that just comes with the territory.  Things straight out of the book more often than not just don’t fit perfectly into the scenarios that you have planned for, and so we all go about modifying stats or powers […]

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How to Handle Large Groups of Players in Your Table Top Game

How to Handle Large Groups of Players in Your Table Top Game

. 27.05.2016 . 0 Comments

Sitting down to play a table top RPG can be a ton of fun.  Devising strategies, plotting actions, and finding loot can be great in terms of both the reward for your character and also in social terms with the other players you are interacting with.  But  what if you add another 2 players? or […]

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