How to Contact and Hire an Assassin

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How do you handle assassin services in your campaigns? This situation offers you an opportunity to enrich your campaign and world through interesting encounters and possibilities. In this excerpt from Assassin’s Amulet – my upcoming essential GM Toolbook – I reveal the gaming potential of contacting and hiring assassins in your campaigns. Begin Excerpt: This […]

Crimson Dawn Adventure Synopsis #18

by Silveressa “What made you think all these naked dummies were zombies?” –Renee, still amazed at Jessy’s lack of control. “Because normal people don’t stand around naked in the rain? –Jessy, displaying his “common sense.” Adventure #18 At the back of the clothing store Renee spends a good 5 minutes furiously trying to kick in […]

5 Effective Combat Tactics For Assassins

To give you a taste of Assassin’s Amulet, my upcoming new book for game masters, here is a very brief excerpt from the GM Advice chapter. Many GMs struggle with running killer NPCs. One big goal of the book is to arm you with enough actionable advice that you’ll scare the crap out of your […]

Big Secrets and Big Plots in Roleplaying Games

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By Heather Grove So many roleplaying game plots revolve around secrets. GMs try to make sure that there’s always another mystery in the game for the characters to run after and solve – lots of people love a good mystery. Secrets add spice and interest to a game. They make your players go nuts trying […]

How To Turn A Haunted House Into An NPC

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From the GMMastery Yahoo Group A GM asked for help making a haunted house become an interesting NPC. Lots of ideas poured into the thread, which I thought I’d highlight here. I fully support giving locations personality. And as you’ll see below, creative GMs can also make places interactive and dramatic. The Initial Request From […]

How Do You Prevent Metagaming?

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In RPT#520, Sean made this tips request: Johnn, I nearly laughed aloud at work over the “One More Tip: Top 10 Ways to Stop Sounding So Damn Metagamey.” I would love to see some tips on handling metagame scenarios in tactful ways. My group tends to pour through every source book at their disposal (and […]

Crimson Dawn Adventure Synopsis #17

by Silveressa While later then planned due to Hurricane Irene laying waste to Vermont, and slightly shorter due to a lot of the session time taken up by the characters trying to formulate plans in game on how to deal with a few situations, I present you with the next installment of: Crimson Dawn “Do ya […]

Listen to these Great Recorded Game Sessions

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In RPT#525, Carl made this reader tip request: What would be the best videos or audios of RPG sessions that a new DM should watch or listen to? Several great readers responded with their suggestions. Thanks! 1. Penny Arcade, I Hit It With My Axe Carl, I’m rather fond of the Penny Arcade podcasts. When […]