Hi, I’m Thomas, owner and chief editor of dramadice.com. I’m a huge fan of storytelling and tabletop roleplaying games. I’ve experienced so many great moments with this hobby and the community behind it, that I decided it’s time to give something back. That’s why I started this website. I want to promote roleplaying and storytelling games by sharing my passion for creating and telling stories. I also want to help and inspire gamemasters with tips, tutorials and product reviews, as they are the ones who keep this great hobby alive. Read on if you want to find out more about the purpose of this website and its contributors.
Who we are – A nerd biography
Currently the website is mainly run by myself, Thomas Weinberger, tabletop RPG enthusiast. I started playing RPGs when I was 14. That was quite a while ago, in the mid-90s. When I heard some classmates brag about slaying monsters and sabotaging megacorporations, I was immediately hooked to this world of wondrous adventures and epic plots. For the next 25 years, roleplaying games never ceased to fascinate me. No other hobby I ever tried was so versatile, diverse and ever-changing. Of course, my style of play changed as well over the years. I spent the first ten years with classic action-oriented fantasy RPGs including MERP, Earthdawn, D&D and Shadowrun. With the luxury of having a big local roleplaying games community, I was equal parts player and GM. This allowed me to experience the hobby from both sides of the screen and to learn from some of the finest GMs in the German speaking area.
Around 2004, I switched to playing 7th Sea and the Cthulhu RPG, which has been my favorite setting ever since. Thereafter, I played a lot of Fate RPG and around 2014 I switched to Indie and PBTA games, focusing on character conflicts, drama and player empowerment. Currently I’m very much into Monsterhearts and the Sprawl, always keeping my eyes open for new PBTA systems. Check out the timeline below for on in-depth look at my nerd-bio and the systems I played.
Games I’ve played on occasion
Here’s a list of games which I played a couple of times, but never developed a long term interest in.
- A Song of Ice and Fire RPG
- Arcane Codex
- De Profundis
- Dresden Files RPG
- Dungeon Crawl Classics
- Dungeon World
- Forbidden Lands
- John Sinclair RPG
- Mech Warrior
- Night’s Black Agents
- Star Wars D20
- The Dark Eye / Das Schwarze Auge
- Vampire: Dark Ages
- Warhammer 40k: Dark Heresy
Playing roleplaying and storytelling games is one of the best hobbies out there. We want to promote roleplaying games and encourage more people to join this great community. We aim to support and inspire GMs who are the main pillar of this hobby and to encourage new members of the community to become gamemasters, by teaching them the tricks of the trade. GMing is not some mythical art. It’s a craft that can be taught and learned. We’re here to show you how to become a GM and how to hone your storytelling skills.
Why do another blog about roleplaying games?
Granted, there are loads of good websites offering tips to gamemasters. But a lot of them have an outdated design. The articles on these websites are difficult to browse through and it’s hard to find a specific topic. Our goal is to deliver storytelling tips with a fresh design and to provide content that is regularly being updated. The tabletop RPG hobby deserves an extensive and up-to-date resource. And this is what we are trying to build with dramadice.com.
Where does the term “Dramadice” come from?
“Dramadice” is a connotation to the core of tabletop roleplaying games. “Drama” stands for dramatic conflicts, overcoming inner demons and cunning rivals, which drive any plot. And “Dice” resembles the gaming aspect of the hobby. Getting together with friends at a table to tell a story that is unravelled during play. Originally, the term “drama dice” comes from a game mechanic from the magnificent 7th Sea roleplaying game by John Wick. In 7th Sea these dice were a currency for the players to influence the outcome of a scene. This kind of player empowerment is the kind of game style we hold dear.