Review: How to be a Great GM

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By Silveressa Today I have the opportunity to review the e-book How to be a Great GM, by Avalon games, an easy to follow 26 page guide that makes a great addition to any GM’s tool kit. Overview Like the title says, the book offers some solid system neutral GMing advice, (especially to those new […]

Darkest of Winters Adventure Synopsis #14

By Silveressa While delayed a couple weeks due to unforeseen dental difficulties, (vicodin makes it hard to do much of anything let alone GM or write coherently) the campaign is back on track with regular weekly updates, this one nearly twice the usual size to make up for the missing weeks. (Like usual, whenever possible I’ve kept […]

Dragon Age Tabletop: A Tale of Two Parties

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by Hannah Lipsky If there existed one gaming system that worked for every gaming group, then every gaming group would play it. Since no such system has yet been found, it’s not surprising that two very different gaming groups had drastically different reactions to the Dragon Age tabletop game by Green Ronin. One group absolutely […]

Free Will in Roleplaying

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by Heather Grove Free will may seem like an odd issue to bring up in relation to roleplaying, but it’s an important one. Some GMs like to run very scripted games. They plan everything out and push characters into following the script. Some groups enjoy this, and I can’t argue with that. But I don’t […]

Conversation Skills in an Action Game

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by Christopher Magoun Conversation, persuasion, oratory and seduction can pose special problems to new and experienced GMs alike. These charisma-based skills are often treated differently than physical skills. When a PC tries to use a physical skill, the GM assigns a difficulty based on the situation at hand, and the player rolls against his skill. […]

How Do You Make RPGs School-Safe?

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An RPT reader wrote in with a question about how to make sure the content in RPG materials used in a school club align with school policy. That is a tricky question I was not qualified to answer. So, I brought in the big guns – Katrina Middelburg – who wrote two articles for me […]

Darkest of Winters Adventure Synopsis #13

By Silveressa My apologies for  installment #13 coming late and being slightly shorter then usual; it’s been one thing after another this weekend. “At least with most of the industrial plants off line the air pollution level of the world will go down. Soon you’ll be able to smell a rose bush a few hundred […]

How to Make Your Games More Cinematic

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by Travis W. Herring Many role-players enjoy evenings with their friends, sitting around the table or living room, eating pizza and drinking soda. For most, this is enough. For others, however, a traditional evening about the table isn’t. They want MORE. For those people, this article is the answer you have been looking for. How […]

Darkest of Winters Adventure Synopsis #12

By Silveressa “I’d Kiss you Jessy, but after everything that’s wound up in your beard of the past few weeks I’d probably catch the plague and become a zombie.” -Heather Wilks, grateful for Jessy’s brilliant landing location. “That might jus be an improvement to both yer looks and yer attitude.”-Jessy Hannaford, being his sarcastic self. […]

When It All Goes Wrong: DMing on the Fly

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by Deacon Rayne Warning: This article represents a certain ruthless type of gameplay that, while still friendly between DM and Players, may be better suited for good friends who know not to take whatever cutthroat tactics their DM may use personally. In a perfect world, you, the DM, create an awesome story. Your awesome players […]

Darkest of Winters Adventure Synopsis #11

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By Silveressa “Hey uncle you know why the zombies were all over the airport? Because they wanted plaaaanes!” –Tommy Booths, making yet another zombie joke. “I have enough trouble with airsickness kid without you giving me  pundigestion.” -Riley, un-amused at the endless string of lame zombie Jokes Tommy thought up. Adventure #11   The groups […]

Re-educating The Power Gamer

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by Joesph Young We’ve all met this gamer. He knows how many hit points a dragon has by its color, age, and size, and how many rounds he must survive to defeat a storm giant, but can’t remember his character’s name. Sometimes he’s a munchkin, in it to kill monsters and get treasure and wondering […]

Kisanth, Mage Servant of Isis

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by Silveressa “You do not need to be a cleric to bring light into the world.” A Mage follower of Isis npc, suitable for use in any fantasy campaign with magic and gods of light. (reposted with permission from Strolen’s Citadel) Appearance Kisanth is far from what most would consider a pretty girl, the first thing most […]

GM Interview: Jared (Scrasamax)

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Our 11th Interview is with Jared, (a different Jared then the one from interview #9) a creative GM who’s adapted to a more free form style gaming and is in search of a larger gaming group. Introduce yourself. My name is Jared, and I’ve been a gamer since 1998, when a friend in High School […]

Darkest of Winters Adventure Synopsis #10

By Silveressa “With how fast you go though bullets you should buy stock in an ammunition retailer.” -Renee’s advice to Jessy after seeing how fast he burned through over one hundred .9mm rounds. “My chain of retail stores Hannaford’s actually sells a large selection of ammo, firearms, and firearm accessories.” –Jessy, his usual sarcastic self. […]

Romance in RPGs

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by Delphine T. Lynx In light of Valentines day here’s a romance themed article to add a touch of passion to your next session. As a brief disclaimer before we begin, this article is centered on the roleplaying of romance as an intellectual dance. I am of the opinion that roleplaying any sexual relations that […]

Campaign Level Thinking

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by Mourngrymn (reposted with permission from Strolen’s Citadel) How do you run a high level campaign? While this is a simple question it is not simple to answer. Anyone who is an experienced DM will tell you that, especially for beginner DMs. To answer this I began thinking backwards. Not about running a high level […]

GM Interview: Mike Lindstrom

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We start the second half of February with an interview from Mike, a Gm of 25 years, who has lots of creativity, and adores llamas. Please introduce yourself. Ya hey der. My name Mike Lindstrom and I am the proud webmaster of the creative role playing resource site Strolen’s Citadel. I first GM’ed probably around […]

Darkest of Winters Adventure Synopsis #9

By Silveressa “Finally! Someone other then me gets covered in nasty crap!” –Jessy, relieved at avoiding being covered in dog puke. “At least until you have to clean your nephew up anyway.” –Heather, reminding him of the unpleasantly obvious.   Adventure #9 Thinking quickly Renee ran in a zig zag crouch toward the parked plane, yelling at […]

Hangings can be Fun

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by Mark Kibbe I recently had the pleasure of being hanged and I must say it’s a great feeling. I spent the next few days after the experience talking about the incident with my friends (and fellow players) and reliving the events leading up to the hanging. We discussed the information we had gathered and the […]

GM Interview: Jared

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Today we speak with Jared, a GM with a unique style of game mastering, who prefers to be as surprised as his players by what happens next. Please introduce yourself. My name is Jared Mihalich, though I go by Pieh in my online circles, and I’ve been GMing since around the Summer of 2000. I typically […]

Darkest of Winters Adventure Synopsis #8

by Silveressa “I can’t imagine anything more disgusting then throwing up in a gas mask”. –Riley Setson, commenting on the fate of an unlucky pilot. “Really? How about crapping yer drawers in a hazmat suit” –Jessy Hannaford, proving yet again things can always be worse. The rest of the journey towards the air field proceeded […]