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:

Never Split the Difference

Every book is a sourcebook. Read books more than rulebooks. Learn, grow, and contribute. Negotiation “Never Split the Difference” is a book about getting what you want in an agreeable, harmonious manner. It was written by a man who settled hostage negotiations for the FBI. The title comes from these tense situations in which a…

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To be understood

It feels nice to be understood. My filmmaker buddy Matt said that he was always surprised and glad when someone after seeing a film of his would tell him something they picked up on. It could really be anything. “They got it!” And it’s not that his films are obscure or obtuse, but that communication…

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Current setup and recent findings (2022)

I’m running everything at the table out of a 1″ binder with pockets. Here’s what’s inside: Front pocket Adventure Hour! Maze Rats 20-some index cards Tiny 2d6 in a bag Adventure World one page rules and character packages (we’ve been marking off character packages so every character is unique). Bastionland name list (alphabetical and by…

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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!