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Five Tips for Crafting Party Names

Roleplaying Tips - Terça, 30/06/2020 - 03:58

From Johnn Four Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #296 To Name Or Not? Does your group of players desire a name for their band of PCs? Do you want them to have one? The party name is a classic RPG element with roots in legends, fiction, and stories (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Knights of the […]

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31 Questions to Define a Culture

Roleplaying Tips - Segunda, 29/06/2020 - 05:46

From Mike Bourke Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #296 I often compile a checklist of questions to be answered when creating something new, be it a magic item, setting, or society. The more exhaustive and complete this checklist is, the better visualized and more complete the item in question will be. I recently had occasion to generate […]

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Tactical Tips For Over-Resting PCs

Roleplaying Tips - Sexta, 26/06/2020 - 04:50

Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #297 These tips hail from a reader’s request in Issue #295: http://www.roleplayingtips.com/readissue.php?number=295#R2 Numerous folks generously wrote in with their tips and advice. In this week’s issue we feature 10 possible solutions for Diego’s problem. Thanks to everyone who responded! More tips coming in a future edition. Diego And The Narcoleptics From Telas […]

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Face Off – How To Get Your Group Emotionally Involved

Roleplaying Tips - Quinta, 25/06/2020 - 05:12

Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #298 Face Off Loz Newman There are many ways to get a gaming group emotionally involved in a campaign. Good GMs look for elements players can relate to, such as when the PCs lose something and want to get it back. A straight “NPC X stole your whatsit” scenario lacks punch though, […]

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Campaign Reboot Example: Murder Hobos

Roleplaying Tips - Terça, 23/06/2020 - 04:46

Readers asked for an example of a campaign reboot using my three step map. Rebooting My Murder Hobos Campaign (And Yours) in Three Easy Steps Here’s one using my current campaign, which needs new life injected into it as I prep Season 3. Step 1. Write a Story Summary The party tried helping the village […]

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5RDs Go Fractal

Roleplaying Tips - Terça, 23/06/2020 - 04:43

You’re going to see me writing more about Five Room Dungeons. It’s because they are the best way I know how to master adventure building. Here’s why. As you might know, I’m creating a new product for you on the topic of 5RDs. In my upcoming 5RD Adventure Building System though, there’s three key concepts […]

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My Top Monster Villains

Roleplaying Tips - Terça, 23/06/2020 - 04:40

The other day I read a blog about the GM’s Top 10 mastermind monster villains. I love this idea! It’s great inspiration. So today for fun I’m sharing my favourite monster villains with you. The requirements for my list are I can only list monsters I have GM’d or made adventures for. In some cases […]

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Coax The Details Out

Roleplaying Tips - Terça, 23/06/2020 - 04:37

It all starts with a flaw. The item does not work as expected. This creates surprise, which makes great gameplay. After the surprise, it makes the item distinct and valued because it’s not just another +1 dagger. Design cost-value into your flaws and find that sweet spot where the penalty of using the item is […]

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Manic Mystery Mayhem – Three Lessons Learned About GMing Mysteries

Roleplaying Tips - Terça, 23/06/2020 - 04:34

I had an interesting game on Wednesday. I made a couple big mistakes you can hopefully learn from. I’m playtesting the mystery portion of my Demonplague I: The Frozen Necromancer adventure, which releases in 2017. The PCs must find out who or what is behind disappearing villagers. During the session the PCs decided to knock […]

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Your Villain’s Missing Ingredient

Roleplaying Tips - Terça, 23/06/2020 - 04:31

I loves me my villains. I believe every great campaign is powered by a strong villain the PCs hate. But something is often missing from the villains I read in adventure modules. Add this missing ingredient, and your campaign instantly improves. Hobos Reboot Before I get into that though, a quick thanks to Eddy Morrow […]

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Trick Question For You – All Players Count

Roleplaying Tips - Terça, 23/06/2020 - 04:25

I had a great game on Friday. I’m a cleric for our Out of the Abyss campaign. A player complimented me for thinking outside the box. As I only had 9 hit points at the time, I assume he meant the box was a coffin. We all survived, fortunately, and found the stolen red dragon […]

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D13 Magic Item Concepts from My Demonplague Campaign

Roleplaying Tips - Terça, 23/06/2020 - 04:24

I needed some minor mundane and magical treasures for my next DemonPlague game. So I made some and am sharing a few with you today. The party has a wizard, warrior, cleric, druid, and rogue in it. The first thing I did was make a table and a column for each class. That way I […]

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How To Rock Your Encounters With This Monster Design Tip

Roleplaying Tips - Terça, 23/06/2020 - 04:22

Here’s a tip from Faster Combat: when you chose or design a monster, start with how you want the PCs to defeat it. I say “choose or design” because it doesn’t matter whether you’re picking the foe from the monster manual or homebrewing an original critter. The benefit is the same to your encounter. What […]

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Rebooting My Murder Hobos Campaign (And Yours) in Three Easy Steps

Roleplaying Tips - Terça, 23/06/2020 - 04:20

Let’s talk about a campaign reboot. But before that, let me crack open the champagne and yell Happy Year +1! Alana and I had a great time visiting her parents in snowy Salmon Arm, B.C. We spent Christmas there, then flew back to ring in the changing of the calendar with dinner out and a […]

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Monster Challenge

Roleplaying Tips - Terça, 23/06/2020 - 03:07

Had a great game of Out of the Abyss on Friday. Lots of funny gameplay stories came out of it. Here’s two, plus a challenge for you. First story is about housekeeping. As a player, always confirm your XP! I’m playing a 4th level cleric who runs around saying “Praise Helm” in a French accent. […]

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Cool Idea: Skill Treasures

Roleplaying Tips - Terça, 23/06/2020 - 03:05

Here’s a simple way to make awesome magic items customised for your players. The idea occurred to me the other day, and I don’t know why I haven’t thought of it before. I’ll outline the recipe in three steps because I loves me my GMing recipes.

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Idea: Living Spell

Roleplaying Tips - Sexta, 19/06/2020 - 05:26

Here’s a cool Wednesday idea for your game sent to me by Aramax over at Strolen’s Citadel. What happens when a spell goes awry? Perhaps it’s a miscasting? Maybe a foe warps three simultaneous effects cast upon him. Maybe it’s a research mishap. Of the many ways spells could change and twist unexpectedly, a few […]

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Spinning Up The Idea Machine

Roleplaying Tips - Sexta, 19/06/2020 - 05:20

Last Musing generated quite the buzz in my inbox! It was almost all positive feedback about the notion of interrogating your ideas. To recap, take any idea you have and brainstorm 10 ways you can make an encounter or situation out of it. Think of it as an Idea Machine. Do this to test whether […]

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The Storyteller’s Secret Weapon That Most Game Masters Struggle With

Roleplaying Tips - Sexta, 19/06/2020 - 05:18

I recently interviewed former WotC employee, writer, and editor, Philip Athans. (I’ll be sharing the MP3 audio of it with you soon.) One of the questions I asked was about a GM’s secret weapon — how to show, not tell. Philip said it was all about getting players to feel like they are their characters […]

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How To Beat Prep Anxiety

Roleplaying Tips - Sexta, 19/06/2020 - 05:12

Here’s a cool experiment from fellow RPT reader Iona to reduce the anxiety she felt before games. As smart, caring, sensitive people, we GMs want the best experience for our players. But this leads to perfectionism, imposter syndrome, and unease before sessions. Here’s how Iona solved it. I have something I would like to share […]

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