ZwodderZA

I’m a white South African who grew up gay and nerdy in a small town; today I find nerdy shit to obsess about all the time. I joined my first tabletop roleplaying game in my 20s and I’ve been hooked ever since. I write and edit for a living, but in my free time I blog about boardgames, RPGs, crafting, the creative or gaming-related projects my friends and I are involved in, cool shit that’s happening, various things that I think are great, and things that piss me off. My pet project is a series of posts filled with GMing advice for new players and GMs – people who, like me, came into the hobby late and did not always feel welcome. I also run and play as many RPGs as I possibly can. Social justice iop.

Brinkwood: Death to Tyrants!

Brinkwood: The Blood of Tyrants is a tabletop roleplaying game where players build a rebellion to overthrow the blood-soaked vampires that oppress and dominate their world. It’s the second project by the San Jenaro Co-Op to have a successful Kickstarter...

Free Games Digest 2020

It’s international #FreeRPGDay! What does that mean? Why, lots of free RPG stuff! The San Jenaro Co-Op’s Free Games Digest 2020 includes 3 great game resources for the sweet, sweet price of free! What do you get? Paleo Party quickstart+adventure...

Sad Shirts @ FanCon

Our friends over at Sad Shirts have been busy, busy, busy! Running a handcrafted shirt shop takes a lot of work, but they’ve been especially busy recently, getting ready for FanCon. In the words of their illustrious brand designer, Sad...

An intro to digital boardgames: Recap

An Intro to Digital Boardgames, Part 5 That’s almost it for this current series about boardgames! We’ll add more articles about boardgames and online tools, because this has been fun. We hope you’ve enjoyed it too. In the meantime, let’s...

Character creation is fun!

This week, we’ve been having fun messing around with character creation for various video game RPGs. Below you can see the first write-ups for two of the characters ZwodderZA will be playing on stream over the next year or so....

Preparing for GenCon Online

Last week, I attended my first international convention, and had a great time. Although it all took place on-line and in another timezone, I managed to play in three different games, using entirely different rule systems, and all it cost...

New Games Digest – Out Now

I’ll post our next boardgame-related post soon, but before I do, I thought I’d share something pretty damn cool. The San Jenaro Co-Op published our fifth volume of short games this week! Volume 5 clocks in at 198 pages, consisting...