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 being trekking through everything I’ve written. Or scroll down more to view posts by month and year. And here are my most recent articles:

Appendix N – d666 Media Influences

TetraLlama asked “Could you share your d366 list of movies? What are your top 5 that you get the most inspiration and use out of?” Well, I hadn’t typed that list up… BEFORE NOW. Here is my table of media influences. So, it’s not just movies, but shows and books and what have you, getting…

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Mausritter Procedure House Rules

Got the Mausritter boxed set from Games Omnivorous. It was so good I ordered the adventure boxed set too. Reading some of Chris McDowall’s Mythic/Primeval Bastionland playtest inspired a greater reliance on hexcrawling and procedural systems (something none of us can keep our mouths shut about around here it seems). Anyway, here are some changes…

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Scooby-Doo: Unmasking the Culprit

As Space Bounty Blues is to Cowboy Bebop, this (untitled) game would be to Scooby-Doo. It’s GMless PbtA. Start with the end in mind: I thought of the final move first. When you unmask the monster, the gang makes one guess who the culprit is and roll + Clues. On a 10+, you got it…

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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?

I live in Phoenix, AZ with family. I teach online at Outschool. I play worship music at my church and read lots of Soren Kierkegaard and Derek Sivers. SEATBELTS and AJR are the soundtracks for my life. I’m watching Community for the first time.

I recently released Adventure Hour!

I’m wringing my hands together like a villain and planning my next moves for my career and passion.

Updated Dec 24, 2021.

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!