• City Government Power Bases – Land

    What forces govern your city? In many societies, landowners have great power. With all the economic, defensive, military, and strategic benefits land provides, most governments use this as a starting power base for their regimes. For...

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  • City Government Power Bases – Religion

    What forces govern your city? Religion, spirituality, and ideology make excellent government power bases because they are powerful sources of influence, prestige, and affiliation. Religion and cosmology varies from campaign to campaign, but it’s likely gods...

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  • City Government Power Bases – Magic and Psionics

    What forces govern your city? We resume the city design series this week with thoughts about how to use magic and psionics to build interesting city government power bases. For the purposes of this article, magic...

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  • How To Cast A Spell On Your Campaign And Polish Till It Gleams

    The dead will not always give you clear answers In part one, you saw how spell details can inspire encounters . In part two today, we continue to walk through the plight of poor Halcos and...

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  • How To Cast A Spell On Your Campaign And Make It Sparkle Like Gold Dust

    One spell can change the complexion of a campaign If two people are casting Speak With Dead on the same body, does one get a busy signal? In my Riddleport Pathfinder campaign, an NPC named Halcos...

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  • City Government Power Bases – War and Military plus Software Giveaway

    What forces govern your city? A strong military is real, solid power. A city with a skilled, well-equipped and well-led army can protect itself, fend off its neighbours, go on a conquering binge, and keep its...

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  • City Government Power Bases – Social Leverage, Marriage and Wealth

    What forces govern your city? A power base is an asset you can use to achieve goals. It serves as a foundation or tool. You can wield it like a weapon, use it like a tool...

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  • Grave Problems – The Dead in Your Game

    Image by vasta My wife and I had a conversation about death recently. More specifically, we talked about what we wanted to be done with our bodies when we died. A morbid conversation, maybe, but one...

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  • City Government Power Bases – Leadership

    What forces govern your city? Popularity Being popular earns a government a lot of power, though it is always a fragile thing. Think of popularity as a form of temporary affiliation . Popularity is often restricted...

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  • City Government Power Bases – Law and Affiliation (plus NBOS software giveaway)

    What forces govern your city? In the introduction last week I covered the goal of this series, which is to use the idea of power bases – where do fantasy governments, government officials and factions get...

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