I am Stu Horvath, and I wrote a book about the wide, weird world of tabletop roleplaying games. Ask me anything!
Heya! My name is Stu Horvath and I’m a writer and critic and, over the last eight or so years, I have been increasingly devoting all my time to writing about my lifelong hobby of tabletop roleplaying games (also: spending all my spare cash on building a too-big yet weirdly not-big-enough collection of the same – my spreadsheet lists 2,573 RPG products, and that isn’t counting toys, zines, magazines, board games and all the other stuff that is part of “the collection”). Most recently, MIT Press published my honkin’ big guide book to tabletop RPGs, Monsters, Aliens, and Holes in the Ground. I’ve also been posting on Instagram (and xposting to Tumblr and Twitter) as VintageRPG since 2017 and co-hosting The Vintage RPG Podcast with my pal John McGuire since 2018. Proof.
I tend to think there is no wrong way to play (and also, no correct way to play) and that no matter how familiar a person (read: me) is with the hobby, there is always something new (or old and mostly forgotten) to get excited about. So hit me at with all your questions about tabletop RPGs, collecting, playing, my book, monsters, heavy metal – whatever your heart desires. Ask me anything!
Edit (6:00pm Eastern): This has been super fun! Thank you for all the great questions (and new leads about new games to chase down). I have to take a break for dinner, but I'll swing back after to answer more questions, so keep 'em comin'.
Edit (6:45pm): I'm back and will be popping back in throughout the evening!
Edit (9:50pm): I'm hitting the hay, but I'll circle back around in the morning to tidy up. Good night, and thank you!