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Ben Goldman
Game Designer

1 year on StartPlaying

233 games hosted

Highly rated for: Storytelling, Creativity, Inclusive

Average response time: 2 hours

Response rate: 100%

About me

First and foremost, my table is a place of kindness and inclusion. There is absolutely no room for bigotry of any kind at my table. Zero tolerance. I am a professional board game designer with a love for TTRPGs. I use my experience in board game design to craft unique experiences, both in combat design, but also in adventure design itself. Aside from d&d, I play lots of board games, do illustrations, and write. I've recently been getting into illustrating battlemaps, so my games will be featuring lots of hand drawn maps.

GM style

As a GM I want the players to be part story that they will remember for the rest of their lives. My trademark is completely homebrew worlds which force a recontextualization of the trends and tropes of fantasy. I am a professional board game designer, and I use that experience for crafting my games, both to make monsters and combats that bring extra layers of excitement to the battlefield, and for the arc of a campaign as a whole. My games tend to be rooted in philosophy, and often the first thing I write for a campaign is the philosophical backbone, what themes will be explored, and how the players will directly engage with those themes. I see ttrpgs as one of, if not the best medium for exploring ideas of these kinds in a safe, creative space. I like to have a balance of Combat Encounters, Social Encounters, and Environmental Encounters.

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