Jul 052017
 
Twist Your Encounters So Your Players Don't Recognize It

Avid role-playing gamers are known to learn about the monsters they expect to encounter, especially players who also are game masters (GMs). This has made for a steady market of expansions for new monsters. But, then the race is on once again as the players get a hold of the expansion and soon know about the new monsters. However, there are some tricks a GM [Read the article]

Jun 192017
 
Enhance your game.  This time, with DOORS.

Doors. Every dungeon has them. Rules governing traps and locks have made them an essential part of every dungeon crawl. Unfortunately, the narrative influence of doors on a given game’s events is a sadly underplayed phenomenon. Ask any adventurer about what they remember most in a campaign and it will likely be an enemy, a critical fail, a cleverly role-played moment, or some other non-door [Read the article]

The Use of Language In RPG Scenarios

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Jun 122017
 
The Use of Language In RPG Scenarios

Your party enters a tavern in the distant land they have spent weeks travelling to. The human fighter walks up to the innkeeper and asks about rooms. The innkeeper responds, but in a different language. The wizard steps forward and addresses the innkeeper in a number of different languages he has learned from traveling to other kingdoms. They find a common language, but because of [Read the article]

Apr 212017
 
12 Unlikely Places for PCs to get Equipment and Supplies

Have these situations ever happened to you? You’re in a dungeon and because the enemies were a bit tougher than you thought that they would be, the PCs either have to retreat back to town to restock up on supplies or get equipment that would make it easier to defeat them. Or the PCs are at the end of a dungeon and find the clues [Read the article]

Apr 172017
 
To equip, or not?  That is the question.

Your party has been tracking down the dragon across the wilderness. Traveling over the plains took a long time. The forest was full of minions who harassed and ambushed you. Now, mountains loom ahead as you near the location of the creature’s lair. Blocking your way is a deep gorge you need to cross and you are running short on time. The wizard has assessed [Read the article]

Mar 292017
 
Screwing over the rest of the party... When is it reasonable?

“Hello, I’m your neurosurgeon, Doctor Michael Clauberg. Don’t worry, this won’t hurt—much!” It’s usually a bad idea to screw over the rest of your party, but, just sometimes, it’s awesome, possibly even necessary… More awesomeness… Dungeons and Doctor Who GMing Lessons I Learned from Dark Souls The Best of Mutants and Masterminds Gamecraft: The Stress-Free GM

Mar 042017
 
GM Screen / Narrative Aid for Shadowrun: Anarchy

Shadowrun: Anarchy is the new, rules-light, narrative-focused, alternate ruleset for the world of Shadowrun (You can read my review Here). It allows GMs and players to get into the action and intrigue of Shadowrun much faster and to stay there much longer without reference to rules and charts and extensive calculations of Shadowrun 5th Ed. There are rules, however light, and every game with rules [Read the article]

Feb 222017
 
Shadowrun: Anarchy Threats... Sorted Out (PDF!)

In a recent review of CGL’s new Shadowrun: Anarchy, I pointed out that the cast of NPCs published therein were best used as inspiration for your own cast of NPC threats. There were issues with balance, utility, and playability that needed to be resolved before I pit them against my players. In this article, I submit to you the set of NPCs that I have [Read the article]

Fostering Trust In Your Players

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Jan 212017
 
Fostering Trust In Your Players

It’s throwback-time, where we revisit an awesome article from years ago… I have not played in many groups.  That stands to reason that I have also not experienced many GMs.  However, even with this shortfall, I feel that I have learned, like tons, from my current GM, which has made me appreciate “the game” more and more.  One thing that is just such a breath of fresh [Read the article]