Overused Standards of Fantasy Literature

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by R.D.  Throughout my life I have read many fantasy novels and played many fantasy role-playing games. I have read the stories of Elric of Melnibone, The Lord of the Rings, and the many works of Piers Anthony. Other books I have read include the Deathgate Cycle, Dragonlance, the Icewind Dale Trilogy, The Wheel of Time, A Song of Fire and Ice, The […]

How to Create Blockbuster Box Office Hits with Your Players – Every Adventure

Hollywood GMing

Applying the Hollywood Formula to RPG Storylines By Brad Allen I’ve been GMing for many years but only recently tried to enhance my pacing and story-writing skills. For a long time my games suffered from frequent lulls and anti-climaxes, but no longer. A year or so ago, I did some research on plot structure and […]

Character Creation and Roleplaying Rewards

Character creation rewards

From The B’omarr Punk When I started emphasizing in-depth roleplaying in my games, some players didn’t want to play along. So, I instituted an incentive program that granted bonus xp, items, or ability points for giving characters depth. The program has two phases: character creation and roleplaying rewards. Character Creation During character creation, players complete […]

Monster Features and Terrain Game Changers

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By Ben Scerri Monster Features: The Premise Monsters in RPGs have had a long history of special abilities that add additional cool tidbits to encounters. For example, a dragon’s fiery breath and a rust monster’s corruption of metallic objects. However, seldom do they have attributes that cause players to think outside the box or that […]

Basic GMing Rules

Rules of Game Mastering

From Garry Stahl 1:  Garry’s First Rule of Fantasy Do not change reality more than necessary to make your universe work. Real world physics are your friend. You do not need to explain gravity, weather, or in general how the world functions. So don’t complicate things that do not need complication. Adding super science or […]

GM Interview: Chris Rheinherren

  This interview features our first GM who runs games over internet relay chat (IRC). If you have any questions about IRC, just leave Chris a comment below. Please introduce yourself Your name: Chris Rheinherren, online I use Bynw or Anlarye. My campaign’s website is located at www.teara-adan.com There is a link there to a […]

Designing A Successful Modern Horror Campaign

Horror RPG Campaign

By Jeremy Brown Preparing a Modern Horror Campaign 1. Put a Hovering Menace in the Background This menace should be supremely powerful, old, mysterious, and preferably close to invulnerable at the beginning of the campaign. It’s best to use original ancient evils. Using another ho hum vampire just doesn’t stir the blood of most role […]