• How To Fall In Love With GMing Again + iPad App Review of Daily Notes

    Write down your ideas when they come to you. This core GM tip gets repeated often in the Roleplaying Tips newsletter for good reason. If you do not record your ideas, they could get lost or...

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  • Perfect Skin: Some Musing On The Design Of Monsters

    Monsters generally come in three parts: Stat Blocks, Descriptive passages (which some people refer to as Fluff), and Templates, enabling you to add the “monster description” to an existing race – sort of an ersatz Class....

    • Posted 3 years ago
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  • Lessons From The West Wing III: Time Happens In The Background

    One of the best pieces of writing/direction that I’ve ever seen in a TV production takes place in a later episode of the series, in season 6 or perhaps 7, and it’s something that has made...

    • Posted 3 years ago
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  • We All Have Our Roles To Play: Personality Archetypes, Part 3

    The Premise Archetypes for RPGs are usually defined either by the psychology of the character or the abilities of the character, but other classifications systems are possible. These can yield a different perspective, which can be...

    • Posted 3 years ago
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  • Plot flowchart example

    Reader Yong Kyosunim sent in one of his plot planning documents. This was in response to Campaign Mastery’s recent post on plot flowcharts . Check it out: An example plot flowchart You can download the plot...

    • Posted 4 years ago
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  • Game Master Tool Illustrated: Plot Flowcharts

    Today I want to share a simple and fast way that makes planning easier. I was going through old gaming papers recently and came across a partially crafted plot flowchart. This would be a short plot...

    • Posted 4 years ago
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  • Let’s Have A Good Clean Fight…

    I’ve written on this topic before, but only as part of a larger subject. But I recently had occasion to expand the EL-CR chart that I created for my own use, and decided to share it...

    • Posted 4 years ago
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  • A Picture Should Be Worth 1,000 Words

    How good are you at doing two things at once, both of which require concentration? That’s what I thought! Few people are. And yet, we GMs often seem to expect our players to be able to...

    • Posted 4 years ago
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  • I’ve Been Framed

    Curse of the Crimson Throne Pathfinder dice Q-Workshop sent me some lovely Pathfinder Curse of the Crimson Throne dice. These dice are beautiful and they made me think of politics, which then made me think about...

    • Posted 4 years ago
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  • A Monkey Wrench In The Deus-Ex-Machina: Limiting Divine Power

    This article deals in subjects that are sensitive issues to a lot of people. Everything contained within is written from a roleplaying context and no judgements are intended regarding the validity of any individual perspective on...

    • Posted 4 years ago
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