Tag Archives: Resources

Coming soon: DM-to-DM

I am starting a new, regular weekly column this week which will be aimed primarily at new DMs. Each article will provide tips and ideas on how to construct and run a successful D&D campaign, using real examples pulled from my ongoing campaigns. I’ll also include a list of web resources and references to help support the advice offered in the column. The goal…

Free Stuff Friday: Mouse Guard Wiki

This week’s Free Stuff is : Mouse Guard Wiki Looking for some character sheets and maps? Then check out the Mouse Guard Wiki over at BurningWheel.org The Mouse Guard Wiki has a section of downloadable items to help your Mouse Gard game. With all kinds of character sheets and maps. This wiki is a good resources for anyone who …

Dungeonaday.com Sponsors Campaign Mastery

I love the idea of Dungeonaday.com . I use a laptop at the game table, Personal Brain software to organize my campaign, email to organize my group, and an iPad to generate content. I’m all about digital. Yet, I still have book cases filled with beloved RPG books, box sets, modules and maps. I have a large pile of books I use for my Riddleport…

How Much Should Players Know?

I was musing to myself while mowing the yard yesterday, in addition to how much of a pain home ownership can be, about how role-playing sourcebooks are put together, to whom they are targeted, and how I, as a game designer, can create the most utility in my products for the widest possible scope of gamers. So, here I am bringing these thoughts to you, instead …

Plot Stat Block For The Organized Game Master

Eureka 501 Plots How do you organize your plot notes so you are on top of the details? In my Riddleport campaign, I have several plots hatching, and I would find tracking them difficult without using my plot stat block. It does not matter if you use Obsidian Portal, another wiki, a notebook or Post-Its; you must find a way to outline your plots to keep yourself sane. A short…

Plot Stat Block For The Organized Game Master

Eureka 501 Plots How do you organize your plot notes so you are on top of the details? In my Riddleport campaign, I have several plots hatching, and I would find tracking them difficult without using my plot stat block. It does not matter if you use Obsidian Portal, another wiki, a notebook or Post-Its; you must find a way to …

PDF to Print: Economically

A while back I posted about my collection of RPG pdfs and how I’ve started turning them in to books. Here’s how I do it, affordably. Paper Size The majority of games and supplements produced are set up to print on standard Letter-sized paper (8.5″ x 11″). If you’re in Europe (like me), you’ll likely…

World’s Tiniest Chess Set, Even Tinier

The last “ world’s smallest chess set ” with pieces was a relatively gargantuan 2.5 mm by 3.5 mm. A mere trifling. How does 435 μm by 435 μm sound to you (that’s micrometers, or .435 mm)? With pieces? And a robotic arm to automatically move the pieces? That’s what Texas Tech did for the winning design entry for a university competition in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) at Sandia National …

Trion Renews Legal Assault Over Rifts

The hits keep on coming, don’t they? I spent much of the weekend wondering how Palladium would respond to the news that the Michigan courts dismissed its lawsuit against Trion Worlds over the name of their new MMO, Rift: Planes of Telera. Palladium, as I’m sure you’re aware, publishes the traditional tabletop RPG, Rifts. Now, all of my speculation is for nothing, as Trion…

Roll Through the Ages

First of all, a big apology to everybody who is waiting for me to write something about Descent or Arkham Horror, as originaly promised. I had very little time to spare recently and many things that kept my mind occupied. So today I will give you another review of a rather light filler type of game: Roll Through the Ages – The Bronze Age by Matt Leacock …

Second Look—Carcassonne for the iPhone

Oh yes . 2 words.  Sheer perfection. Carcassonne for the iPhone is not only the best looking iPhone game I’ve ever laid my hands on, it’s on of the best looking iPhone apps PERIOD. The look, the feel, how it plays, and even how it sounds are top notch. You can play classic Carc against bots, other players via local WiFi or bluetooth, multiplayer over 3g, and …

More ICONS goodness…

My super fever continues and shows no sign of abating, not that I want it to! While looking online for ICONS resources I stumbled upon the ICONS Wiki . It’s still growing but there are some excellent resources in there. From New characters, to crib sheets, new rules, character sheets to random character generators. Great stuff… If you are an ICONS fan it’s worth checking it out…

What about ICONS? A review…

ICONS RPG is a new superhero role-playing game by Adamant Entertainment . It has been enthusiastically received by the role-playing community, if blog posts and sales at RPG Now / Drive Thru RPG are any indication. Since first hearing about it I was excited! It’s designed by Steve Kenson who has worked in some of my favorite RPGs, I own various PDFs by Adamant that I’ve enjoyed very …

Adding To The Star Wars Legacy

I’m not less than three weeks away from running my first of three Star Wars RPG one-shot adventures, all of which will lead up to the start of a new campaign. I thought I’d spend a few minutes discussing the setting, my plans, and what is in store for the players. For starters, you might consider catching up on what was discussed a few weeks…

Ask The GMs: How to GM solo PCs (especially in combat)

Campaign Mastery was asked, GM Brian: “I’m trying to run a D&D 3.5 Eberron campaign that will mostly be a solo campaign for my friend. I’m just looking for tips on how I can run a well balanced solo campaign that can still have a good amount of combat.” Johnn’s Answer: This is a great question, because not all of us can…

When, Where, and How: Imagining A Star Wars Campaign

Bring it! It’s game time! You probably read in yesterday’s post (and if you didn’t, shame on you) that my little cohort of local gamers has finally found a place to play. It’s wide open, has an established network of gamers from which to pluck new players, and is just a really kick ass place. It’s the one last great …

Issue 482 – Instilling Common Sense Into Players, Part 1

This Week’s Tips Instilling Common Sense Into Players, Part 1 Game Master Tips & Tricks Inconspicuous Numbering Of Miniatures Virtual Gaming Experience Monster Name Generator Art Resources Campaign Mastery Blog

The Dragon #7

Remember last issue when the editorial promised to expand the magazine coverage to different games? This where it begins, leaving me with a pretty small selection of articles to cover. But first, the irrelevent ones. The Dragon Rumbles editorial talks about how far the magazine has come since issue #1, and also makes sure to point out that nothing they publish for D&D is considered…