Darkest of Winters Adventure Synopsis #7

by Silveressa “What the hell’s wrong with that girl? She got some kinda death wish or somethin?” –Jessy Hannaford, commenting on Heather’s daring acrobatics.” “I think she’s trying to avoid the stench of your cigars uncle.” –Tommy Booths, repulsed by the smell of his uncles’ sewage dipped tobacco products. The bullet riddled truck continues its […]

Make The New Player Welcome

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by Heather Grove Brand Shiny New Players Bringing new people into your pre-existing gaming group sounds really easy, doesn’t it? You just bring them into your living room, sit them down, give them some dice and a character sheet, and voila, there you go. Umm, or maybe not. Plenty of people try roleplaying for a […]

Flashback Fridays!

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by Silveressa Every Friday starting today, we’ll be providing you with a blast from the past, old articles brought back to the forefront for your reading pleasure! Each Article will help new readers with classic advice, and remind our long time fans of great tips they may have overlooked or forgotten about.

How I Used D&D To Win At Work

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A long-time RPT reader, Forrest Elam, sent me this neat story below from one of his players. It tells how she used her GM skills to conquer her day job in fine fashion. Congrats on the coup, T. And thanks for sending me this, Forrest. How I Used D&D To Win At Work By T. Here is a […]

GM Interview: Ana Cláudia

Interview #7 features Ana from Brazil who is new to GMing and likes to terrorize her boyfriend. Ana, in your next campaign you should run identical triplet NPCs. One is evil, one is neutral and one is good. It’s up to your boyfriend’s character to first learn there are identical NPCs running around wreaking havoc. […]

Contest: What do you want in a GM questionnaire?

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by Silveressa Player questionnaires, we’ve all seen them in various incarnations, used by many a GM to gauge  a prospective players’ gaming style, plot interests and overall experience, yet no such tool exists for the GM. What sorts of questions would be ideal to ask a prospective GM, be it about their gaming style, campaign […]

Darkest of Winters Adventure Synopsis #6

by Silveressa “Fly? Anyone can fly a plane, it’s easy. Landing it in one piece, now that’s a might bit trickier.” –Renee Black, clarifying her piloting skills. “That reminds me why they tell you to put your head between your knees when assuming a crash position, it’s so you can kiss your ass goodbye.” –Jessy […]

Growing Up & Gettin’ Old: When Young and Old Collide

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Guest Article by Darren Blair It happened again the other night. New group. New expectations. D&D 3.5.  And the would-be GM asked me what my experience was when it came to gaming before a mutual friend of ours could stop him. D&D all editions. Battletech, d20 Modern, Star Wars d20 and BESM d20. A funky […]

GM Interview: Randy Harris

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Today we chat with a busy father who seems to find time for gaming bycomboing day care with RPG. Beware his eyebrows. Please introduce yourself. My name is Randy Harris (my mom calls me Randall and I’m Ronin_Randy on the internets). I currently reside in Manhattan, Kansas where I’m a web troubleshooter by day, an […]

Darkest of Winters Adventure Synopsis #5

by Silveressa “And to think this time last year, my biggest worry was keeping my bowels move’n on a regular schedule.” -Jessy Hannaford reminiscing about the good o’l days. “Hey, that’s one upside of a zombie apocalypse; you’re never constipated for very long.” -Riley Stetson, proving there’s a positive side to every situation. Riley is […]

Rediscovering Magic

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by Silveressa Recently James S. asked: “In my new campaign, arcane magic has been outlawed. It’s still there, people are just too scared to use it. This has been the status quo for 1,000 years. How would you recommend handling the pacing of magic items, non magical rewards, and character wealth in general?” Hi James, thanks […]

GM Interview: Bill Korsak

This week we interview a veteran GM who runs a lot of different systems. Short and to the point, Bill offers us some great nuggets in his answers. Bill Korsak Describe your perfect gaming session with you as GM Never having to open the rulebook or have the dice rolled. How long have you been a GM? […]

Darkest of Winters Adventure Synopsis #4

by Silveressa Don’t think for a minute just because you’re “go’in commando” it’s going to improve your gun skills or our chances of gettin out of this alive.” -Jessy Hannaford, commenting on Heather’s lack of undergarments. “Cheap talk from the guy wearing *my* panties on his leg.” -Heather Wilks, pointing to her makeshift bandage adorning […]

Silveressa’s Introductory

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by Silveressa Hi yas, I’m Jenette, but many of you online probably know me as Silveressa. I’m the new co-blogger here. I’ve been playing and GMing RPGs for close to 17 years now and happy to have this opportunity to contribute to my favorite hobby. I’m currently running a Serenity campaign for my weekly group, […]

RPT #509 Posted – Best Game Master Tips of 2010, Part 1

Just posted by our awesome webmaster, Steve B: Best Game Master Tips of 2010, Part 1. Also included this issue is a Reader Tip Request: What is the most important thing you learned about GMing this year? Happy new year. Please get some game mastering done in 2011!

Darkest of Winters Adventure Synopsis #3

by Silveressa “On second thought I might just get ‘mself a preachers collar and a rabbi cap, jus in case.” -Jessy Hannaford discussing the “spray and pray” method of full auto fire with Riley. “You’d better bring a bible for your last rites as well, and shovel, ’cause if your “friendly fire” comes within spitting […]