New Column: Why We Game by Richard Tucholka

My good friend, Richard Tucholka, wrote a guest column gamemaster3about why people play RPGs and other games: Why We Game. I first met Richard Tucholka about 20 years ago at an Order of Liebowitz game night at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. There I really learned the craft of being a GM under his tutelage.

And there was being part of the crew of the ISCO Santa Barbara, exploring the different worlds of the Time Bagel, (Which later became the basis for Fringeworthy.) and being exposed to women gamers. At that time, at the Sunday night game at the Order of Liebowitz, the male to female ratio was about 3 males to 1 female, unheard of at that time (1977). 

So read his words of wisdom, and hopefully come away a little bit wiser.


More Guests at ECG!

In addition to author Erik Scott de Bie, mentioned in a previous news release, we have more confirmed guests for this year’s Emerald City Gamefest game day on November 15. Also returning after his popular visit last year is Wolfgang Baur, well known for his Open Design Project, his work on D&D supplements, and his magazine Kobold Quarterly.

New to the event is artist and writer Tarol Hunt, author of the long-running comic Goblins: Life Through Their Eyes. You can see Tarol drawing live on

Hosting a Story Game Lounge will be bloggers, podcasters, designers, and indie game enthusiasts Mickey of Geek Girls Rule! and Ogre of Stabbing Contest. We are extremely happy and grateful to have so many distinguished guests.

Author Erik Scott de Bie a guest at ECG!

Author Erik Scott de Bie has agreed to be our guest this year again. He is best known for his two Forgotten Realms novels, Ghostwalker and Depths of Madness as well as his FR short stories. Last year, Erik ran his Song of Ice and Fire game, “Wolfling in Distress,” and everyone had a great time. You can read Erik’s notes on last year’s event on his blog.  We’re delighted that he agreed to join us again for this year’s event!

Erik Scott de Bie to run “A Song of Ice and Fire”

Author Erik Scott de Bie, known for his novels and short stories published in the Forgotten Realms series, confirmed today that will be running a game at Emerald City Gamefest.

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Wolfgang Baur running “One Night in Zobeck”

Author Wolfgang Baur, best known for his long-time work on D&D products and, most recently, on the Open Design project, will be running a mini-adventure at Emerald City Gamefest. The demo game is called “One Night in Zobeck”.

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