Welcome!

Me in 10 seconds

My name is Sam Doebler. I am a follower of Christ who makes games, runs them online for kiddos, and plays the drums. INTJ. 1w9.

I dream. I slay dragons. I meditate a lot.

The NSR server is my home on Discord.

What do I write about?

Running tabletop adventure games! My niche is running them for youngsters. Oddly, my top posts are about death, deathlessness, and violence in games for kids. I’m known for talking about stopwatch duels, open table games, diegetic advancement, helmets, trait drafts, scene-based adventures, and open strategy games. I think there’s a better way to do advantage and that perception and knowledge rolls smell bad.

I consider myself part of the NSR, OSR, and FKR movements. Whatever focuses on the world, exploration, and problem solving more than hit dice, spell slots, and levels.

There are RPG bloggers that I read as well. The blogroll on the bottom-right is randomized, so just click one and see how deep that particular rabbit hole goes.

Check the tags on the right side of this page for whatever grabs your interest by topic. Click “Browse all posts” at the top of the page to begin trekking through everything I’ve written. Or scroll down more to view posts by month and year. And here are my most recent articles:

Odd Notation: Monsters

If you’re reading this, it’s likely you’ve run or played in a games in the Mark of the Odd family, be it Into the Odd or Runecairn or Weird North. I myself have run Cairn, Electric Bastionland, Maze Rats, and Mausritter and of course I’ve also run my own Skorne and Adventure Hour!, which trace…

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Skorne 1.3: The Rules

After reading this interview from Sean McCoy, I’ve elected to make my systems on itch.io, including both Skorne and Adventure Hour! free/pay what you want. They’re Creative Commons, so have at it. This then is an announcement for continued development and playtesting for Skorne as changes are made. It started with an idea: what if…

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#Dungeon23

<First take of this crashed and died, never to be seen again. Curse you, WordPress!> Sean McCoy (of Mothership fame and more) is doing a thing, as is Luke Gearing (also Mothership and more). The thing is this: A dungeon room a day for all of 2023. I dig it. I can do anything for…

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My favorite adventure games?

Electric Bastionland, Maze Rats, and Cairn. And yes, those games are all just Into the Odd. I run Adventure Hour! the most often (which, spoilers, is watered-down Into the Odd). Every once in a while, I dabble with Blades in the Dark and Follow.

What am I doing now?

At 24 years of age, I’m living in Phoenix, AZ with family, working finances at a solar construction company and playing worship music at my church. Saw Twenty One Pilots live recently. I’m watching Rings of Power, but the viewing company makes for a better experience than the characters on-screen. I’m reading OZ and Burning Wheel, but I keep waiting to run Into the Odd’s The Iron Coral and Mausritter’s The Estate boxed set. Eagerly awaiting my physical copy of Avatar The Last Airbender RPG…

It seems to me that the people are most interested in Skorne above other things I’ve created which is a good indication of where to spend my resources.

Got some major life choices ahead of me…

Updated Sept 24, 2022.

Contact me?

I read everything you send me. Here’s where you can reach me in long-form. Come chat on the NSR Discord too.

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Happy adventuring!