Tag Archives: Adventure

Rules Mastery For Dummies & Busy GMs Part 4: The Quality of Rules

A lot of blogs and articles talk about “realism” (or verisimilitude) in RPGs and how to achieve it. Campaign Mastery is no different in this respect, a number of my articles having dealt with the subject. Over the last few weeks, as I write this, I’ve been spending time thinking about a fundamental question that a lot of these articles …

Rules Mastery For Dummies & Busy GMs Part 4: The Quality of Rules

A lot of blogs and articles talk about “realism” (or verisimilitude) in RPGs and how to achieve it. Campaign Mastery is no different in this respect, a number of my articles having dealt with the subject. Over the last few weeks, as I write this, I’ve been spending time thinking about a fundamental question that a lot of these articles and opinions…

Interrogating prisoners in a D&D Game

Joan of Arc is interrogated by The Cardinal of Winchester in her prison, by Paul Delaroche Essentially, there are two situations where interrogation might take place during a Dungeons & Dragons adventure: when the heroes are captured, or when the heroes capture an enemy. Both situations turn the game from a battle of might to a battle of wits; the…

Designing a Solitaire Tabletop RPG is Not Just Talking to Yourself

At least that’s the premise of the RPG Solitaire Challenge , a contest to create one-player roleplaying games. Elements that the judges will be looking for in a game are: world, events, character, and experience. Designers can choose from among several challenge categories for their game, including “Build a  Better Choose-Your-Adventure,” “The Stuff in Your Domicile,” and “Unlonely Your Fun.”

Palladium Rules Round Table 1: The Importance Of Mechanics

Gather round, friends and neighbors, as I begin this first discussion by standing on this conveniently placed soapbox. I promise the speech portion of this discussion will be short, then we’ll get into the back-and-forth of honest Internet conversation. I just think that I should firmly establish a few positions, so everyone knows where I’m coming from as we begin this academic journey together. If, when I…

What about the GameMastery Plot Twist Cards? A review… (And slight ramble!)

Tweet With such a convoluted title to this post, I better make some sense out of this! What is this post? First and foremost a review of the GameMastery Plot Twist Cards … What are this cards I speak of? Well they are part of a series of GameMastery Cards produced by Paizo that illustrate treasure, items, NPCs, etc. While I …

Help Me Make My Kingmaker Character

Our little group is gearing up to start Paizo’s Kingmaker Adventure Path this month. I’ve been throwing around ideas for a character. Normally, this isn’t much of a problem. I’m usually one of the first come up with a character concept and run with it. We will be using Aspects but haven’t seen how the

Props, Props, Props

We didn’t get to use all the amazing props that Sarah created for our last Serenity adventure. They looked amazing and I wanted to show off a few of them…. Close up of a dragon column The full temple I happened to have a few of our old friends to use as props inside the temple More odd alien-like creatures we would have encountered Aw crap, is …

Up, periscope: some surprising numbers, and a reason to write again

Greetings, Gentle Readers. My apologies to those who visited this blog during the past several months and found nothing in the way of updates. To make an otherwise long posting short, the obligations of parenting, work and returning to school proved to be too much for me to keep up in addition to maintaining a blog, and after the first couple of weeks of not updating one, it’s easy to…

December Board and Card Game Patents

Dear Patent Office: It’s 2011. Why don’t you accept videos in your submissions, in addition to the wholly inadequate pictures? It would make the patents a lot easier to understand. Team matching – From Microsoft. Using the ELO system to form teams. The abstract, and in fact the entire patent, doesn’t actually say that the patent actually does anything, only that the patent MAY do something; MAY…

RPG Solitaire Challenge: 3 Dice

Here is my entry for the RPG Solitaire Challenge . I chose the Build a Better Choose-Your-Adventure theme. Hope y’all like it! Choose Your Own Adventure gamebooks are wonderful things. They contain little paragraphs scattered across the pages in a seemingly chaotic order, each one ending with a set of choices and numbers which take you flicking through the book to the next paragraph in your personal…

Initial thoughts on Mutants & Masterminds Third Edition

The Second Edition of Mutants & Masterminds is, without a doubt, my all time favourite RPG. As I’m concerned it is as near as you can get to being the perfect role-playing game. It is mechanically flawless, fantastic to play and, despite being unashamedly all about superheroes, a wonderfully generic system that can handle anything you throw at it. And now…

Things Done and left Un-done

I keep unfinished article ideas in a text document on my computer. When I first started writing Campaign Mastery, I set up a list containing some seventy-odd ideas deriving from material I had produced for my different campaigns. In the past year, that list has, quite obviously, reduced in size – by all of four entries. In November, I moved apartments, and my computer was …

End of the Year Recap

It’s that time, the end of the year.  Time for a recap and some thoughts about gaming in 2010. 2010 was an enlightening year for me, gaming-wise.  While my group has remained mostly stable since early on in the year, I have come to a few realizations. Adieu, World of Darkness Early on in the year, we hopped around a bit system-wise before…

New game, new tools!

Tweet This past weekend I began a new campaign. We reached a natural lull in the ongoing Pathfinder RPG campaign, which has run for 65 (almost) weekly sessions and decided to put the game in hiatus for a couple of months and try the superhero campaign I’ve been itching to play for a while now, and about which I have written here in the blog (Here is the …

Revisiting the new D&D comic book

Tweet I hate being wrong, but not this time! Let me elaborate… I wrote a previous post about the new Dungeons & Dragons comic published by IDW . I was less than impressed by their preview issue #0 and declared this a less than stellar debut. However my good friend Luis, who is also one of my regular players and works at …

Revisiting the new D&D comic book

Tweet I hate being wrong, but not this time! Let me elaborate… I wrote a previous post about the new Dungeons & Dragons comic published by IDW . I was less than impressed by their preview issue #0 and declared this a less than stellar debut. However my good friend Luis, who is also one of my regular players and works at…

Johnn’s 2010 Year in Review

How high do you dream? Today I go over my 2010 goals to see how I graded. In part two, in an upcoming post, I talk about my 2011 goals and let you know what kind of posts and products you’ll see from me next year. I believe goals make you more effective, whether you are aiming to improve your game mastering or running a business. Focus…

Traveller RPG Week Day Five: Welcome to Hell Station

Strontium-9000. It is as unique as it is valuable; constantly unstable, it exist in an eternal state of flux. It appears completely impervious to changes in temperature, gravity, pressure or any other outside influence. And it is only available from one place in the whole universe. Hell Station. A typical Hell Station mining platform at work This rugged gas mining station hovers on the outer rim of Malebolge , a …

Holiday Gift Guide

I always wanted to do a Holiday Gift Guide, but with my CMD (clinical motivation deficiency), I never got around to it. Please, don’t worry about me, I’m taking medication and seeking the help I need. First up on our list of gifts for the gamer in your life is a little thing that every adventurer should have… The Bag of Holding