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Ask Your Readers: Christmas Gifts for Roleplayers

Tweet Christmas is approaching quite fast and people all around the globe are getting ready to purchase gifts for their loved ones. Roleplayers are usually no exception here and quite a few of them plan to get RPG-related gifts for their friends and family. I am sure we all have some friend or relative who has some interest in RPGs but hasn’t started playing …

Learning to say no…

Tweet It’s hard. There I said it! What? No, no get your head out of the gutter. What I meant was saying no when people want to play at my table. And why should I say no, after all, if people want to play why should I stop them? When I read the stories of people trying to find groups to play with it’s…

Learning to say no…

Tweet It’s hard. There I said it! What? No, no get your head out of the gutter. What I meant was saying no when people want to play at my table. And why should I say no, after all, if people want to play why should I stop them? When I read the stories of people trying to find groups to play with…

Examining High Level Play: Part Two

Tweet Yesterday I opened the topic of high level play by looking at different types of “high level” characters and how high level play contrasts with lower power levels. Today I’ll examine why people would want to play at high power levels and some common objections. Now we come to the meat of the issue: why would anyone…

Examining High Level Play: Part One

Tweet A couple weeks back, I was reflecting on the D&D Immortals campaign I’ve been working with, and I got to thinking about “high level play” as a whole concept. I scribbled some notes, and then later that day I brought it up to our friend Jeff Uurtamo of the RPG Circus podcast . Jeff spoke to his co-hosts Zach and Mark, and the guys decided to …

What Improv Has Taught Me About GMing

Great stuff.

Tips to Break Writers Block

Tweet Recently Youseph has started to write a Dungeons and Dragons adventure and is looking to post about the experience, so kudos to him for doing so.  When he initially said that he was going to write the adventure he mentioned the flurry of ideas he has and his excitement for what he was doing, a feeling I’m sure many of …

Staying in the “Sweet Spot”

Tweet In the latest episode of RPG Circus Jeff, Mark and Zach talked about low, mid and high level play in games like D&D. For some reason a lot of people find the early to mid levels much more enjoyable than high-level play. While earlier editions of D&D included an “endgame” where adventurers settle down, build castles, towers or…

Death & Traps

Tweet As a Dungeon Master (DM) I have a confession to make. I want to kill a player character at my table. Just one. Not the whole party. Just one, or maybe two and I don’t care which one. I just want to kill one. I have wanted to kill one since I started this 4th edition D&D game two years ago. My D&D game has…

Infinities

Tweet Roleplaying game settings based on an existing book, movie or computer game franchise can be either a boon or a curse. On the one hand you usually get a fully fleshed-out world which your players are already familiar with. When you play a Star Wars game for example, you don’t need to explain what a Jedi, a blaster or a snow speeder is. After explaining the …

Gaming fiction weal or woe?

Tweet Role playing games are so entrenched in their literary roots, from Beowulf to El Cantar del Mio Cid , from Howard’s Conan , to Tolkien’s Middle Earth that it is sometimes hard to separate one from the other. Inevitably role playing games in turn spawned fiction based on the games, their character’s and the campaigns. For me the Dragonlance Chronicles were a formative experience in my development as…

“A rose by any other name…” Poetry and Role Playing Games

Tweet The much quoted line in this post’s title is from a play you might have heard about, Romeo and Juliet, written by a Billy Shakespeare. This guy was old school, so much so that when he got to be a Bard he had already gotten levels as a Fighter, Thief and Druid! (If you did not get that AD&D 1 st edition joke just read this .) I love poetry…

Review: Kingdom Builder Generator Pack II

Tweet In February I previewed Chaotic Shiny Productions ’ Kingdom Builder Generator Pack I which I helped to beta test back then. Some time ago Hannah Lipsky finished the new Kingdom Generator Pack II which contains a plethora of cool and useful generators for GMs who need some randomly generated content for their games. This time it can generate random Kingdoms & Hooks…

Free Stuff Friday: A Death Certificate

Tweet It’s Friday and it’s time to give you some more free stuff! This week’s Free Stuff is : A Death Certificate I think we can all agree that when a player characters dies in an RPG it is sad. It’s sad for the game master and it’s sad for the player. So why not give them a little something for their …

Telling the story my way…

Tweet As a long time Game Master I like to try different ways of telling a story. My latest session serves as an example. The previous adventure had ended as the players set forth on a sea journey to a place they had heard of since the beginning of the campaign, a voyage that should take about a month, but they began their travel …

Free Stuff Friday: Dungeons & Dragons Essentials Character Sheets

Tweet It’s Friday and it’s time to give you some more free stuff! This week’s Free Stuff is : Dungeons & Dragons Essentials Character Sheets!!! Wizards of the cost has created a slimed down character sheet for characters created using the Essentials books . These character sheets are fully compatible 4th edition Dungeons & Dragons a finally available for download. Prior to this they where only available with…

Free Stuff Friday: Dungeon Master’s Battle Screen

Tweet It’s Friday and it’s time to give you some more free stuff! This week’s Free Stuff is : Dungeon Master’s Battle Screen The Dungeon Masters’ Battle Screen Free tool for helping D&D 4e Dungeon Masters in managing battles for Windows XP, Vista with Microsoft .Net 3.5 SP1 installed. On the Dungeon Master’s Battle Screen website they wrote this…

Don’t Be A Dick

Tweet Please note that this post first appeared as a guest post on RPG Blog 2 . As some of you probably know “Don’t Be A Dick” is also known as Wheaton’s Law. And even though it was meant as a rule for people playing games online, it’s still valid at the gaming table – perhaps even more so. The problem usually arises at character creation. While everyone creates a…

Don’t Be A Dick

Tweet Please note that this post first appeared as a guest post on RPG Blog 2 . As some of you probably know “Don’t Be A Dick” is also known as Wheaton’s Law. And even though it was meant as a rule for people playing games online, it’s still valid at the gaming table – perhaps even more so. The problem usually arises…

You Don’t Always Need A Home Run

Tweet Hi there!  This is Zachary Houghton from RPG Blog 2, stepping in for my buddy Michael and his pals at Stargazer’s World.  This seems to be a week for GM advice, so I figure I’d throw another piece out there. When I was in Little League Baseball, the coach always used to tell us, “Don’t go out there and try to hit a home run…