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]

Making Undead Scarier, Part 4: The Lich!

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Feb 132017
 
Making Undead Scarier, Part 4: The Lich!

Liches are common threats found in many types of RPG games. Unfortunately, it’s far too easy for the GM to roleplay them in a simplistic manner, as simple monsters to vanquish, giving them no backstory or interest, and an opportunity for world building is lost. But by making them unique, giving them unfamiliar and difficult to destroy phylacteries, giving them unique places to find them, [Read the article]

Feb 062017
 
Character Connection = Player Satisfaction

It’s throwback-time, where we revisit an awesome article from years ago… I don’t think I’m being overly presumptuous when I say that most, if not all gamers want to play a great character.  I’m not necessarily talking about playing some super powerful, mega bad-ass; I’m talking about a character that is something more than just a collection of stats and abilities running around doing stuff. [Read the article]

Fostering Trust In Your Players

 Posted by on January 21, 2017  Filed as: Better Gameplay?  9 Responses »  Topic(s):
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]

Jan 162017
 
Maximum Tool’age, for running the BEST gaming sessions…

In order to make the best furniture that they can, a carpenter learns how to use several different tools, and then puts those tools in their toolbox.  When woodworking, they simply pull out the tools that best help them get the job done – and with a greater selection of tools to choose from, they’ll make a better quality product. It’s the same thing for [Read the article]

Jan 122017
 
What's the Opposite of Optimized?

It’s Throwback-Thursday, where we revisit an awesome article from years ago… I find devoted (read as, crazy) power gamers perfectly adorable.  It’s funny how they will spend so much time reading rules, seeking synergy, and comparing characters on message boards.  The goal, as far as I can tell, is to make sure that the stats, attacks, damage, and checks are all as humongous as possible.  [Read the article]

Jan 092017
 
Making Undead Scarier Part 3: Intelligent Corporeal Undead:  Vampires & Vampire Spawn

Vampires and their spawn are common threats found in many types of RPG games. Unfortunately, it’s far too easy for the GM to roleplay them in a simplistic manner (as simple monsters to vanquish) giving them no backstory or interest, and an opportunity for world-building is lost. But by giving them a culture, examining vampires from around the world, reducing or changing their weaknesses, and [Read the article]

Jan 052017
 
The GM is not a player, or is he?

It’s Throwback-Thursday, where we revisit an awesome article from years ago… You know the drill: A group of gamers get together, one’s a GM and the rest of us are players. The GM makes the monsters – we kill them. He makes the NPCs – we steal from them. He makes the traps – we get trapped by them. He designs the adventures – we [Read the article]

Jan 022017
 
Making Undead Scarier Part 1: Incorporeal Undead:  Ghosts, Shadows, Wraiths, & More

Ghosts. Shadows. Spectres. Wraiths. These incorporeal undead (and many more) are common threats found in many types of RPG games. Unfortunately, it’s far too easy for the GM to roleplay them in a simplistic manner, as simple monsters to vanquish, giving them no backstory or interest, and an opportunity for world building is lost. But by knowing their abilities and distinctions, as well as giving [Read the article]