Beyond The Tabletop: Narrative Convention

The use of common narrative conventions, archetypes or tropes in telling your own stories is often considered the mark of a lazy writer, and can easily lead to a work being considered derivative. However, in this first Beyond The Tabletop piece, I want to challenge this, and make the case for employing and embracing these…

Experience Points: Critical Role, Middle Earth and the Joy of Storytelling

It’s been about 18 months since I fell head first into the world of tabletop RPGs. I say ‘fell’, because my journey into this wonderful hobby was sudden, unexpected and thus far, has only increased in velocity… Given that I’ve been a tabletop wargamer and video game RPG fan for over a decade, and was…