The Gavid – World of Karlor

By Rick Herron The Gavid is a major artifact, a shield of immense power The Gavid is a major artifact – a shield of immense power – used by the forces of evil to put the entire world under their control.Powers: Magic and magical weapons cannot harm its bearer. It also provides a deflection bonus of +10 […]

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RPT Gems #69: D&D 5E Roundup

D&D 5E Backgrounds Archive Without a doubt, the biggest new innovation for D&D 5E has to be the inclusion of backgrounds. The fact that each includes a roleplaying benefit is just the icing on the cake! From Kasimir Urbanski comes this gem: The original database of D&D backgrounds. Started August 16th. Our goal is to […]

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RPT Gems #7

Adding A New (Third) Dimension To Dungeon Tiles An illustrated quick trick to turn your 2-D tiles into 3-D environments. Building Better NPCs III: Character Webs A character web is a map — a specific kind of map that charts the relationships of NPCs to one another. It’s a great tool for figuring out how […]

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RPT Gems #68: Dungeons

Cavern Complex Table Tor-Ivar Krogsæter I found this great pdf by Dirk Collins giving a quick and easy way to create interesting cavern complexes. Dungeon Map Generator Got game? Need Map? This dungeon generator will come up with a map in a jiffy, complete with area numbers, so you can focus on some Old-School Dungeon […]

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RPT Gems #6

Villains Can Learn A Lot From Murphy’s Combat Laws They key to a great story is a great villain. The RPG Athenaeum looks at the classic list of Murphy’s Law of Combat Operations, which holds more than 100 humorous observations about the not-so-humorous activity of actual warfare. It’s a short post but I think it […]

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RPT Gems #67: Horde of the Dragon Queen Special

Besieged Village Generator Daniel Davis shared the following generator for creating random village sieges for your players to handle: Hoard of the Dragon Queen chapter 1 atomized and put back together as a generator of cult-besieged villages in general. Put a ton of these in your sandbox, and the PCs could make a whole campaign of […]

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RPT #5: How To Turn Brain Teasers Into Amazing Roleplaying Opportunities

Puzzles are an essential part of roleplaying. Even in groups where puzzle solving is not preferred, the occasional rousing stumper creates some excellent variety. And variety is essential for keeping player interest in your game high. While classic, dungeon-style puzzles are entertaining, my favorites are the ones that: Encourage roleplaying Allow you to roleplay out […]

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Making Undead Cool Again

This month’s RPG Blog Carnival is “Things That Go Bump in the Night”, and is hosted by Of Dice and Dragons. Undead are boring. We’ve gamed them so much they’re predictable and common. But that’s not going to stop me. For the fantasy city campaign I’m planning, which has no name yet, I’m adding undead. […]

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RPT#623: Happy House Ruling – How to Use Game Design to Create New Gameplay Experiences

In This Issue Happy House Ruling How to Avoid Herding Happy House Ruling – How to Use Game Design to Create New Gameplay Experiences Johnn Four Introduce constraints through house rules and game design to offer unique gaming experiences and encourage creativity. A couple of old school AD&D modules come to mind. EX1: Dungeonland and EX2: Land Beyond […]

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RPT Gems #5

How to Run & Play RPG Greg Stoltz’s download page has lots of interesting things on it, especially for the games he’s designed. And at the bottom of the page there are two links you might find of interest: How to Run Roleplaying Games How to Play Roleplaying Games These are short PDFs that contain […]

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Travelling Circus Turns Into a Criminal Band

Roleplaying Tips Community Feedback – Jordan Schroeder’s Adventure Synopsis RPT Reader Jordan Schroeder sent in an interesting adventure synopsis involving a nefarious circus, and asked for feedback. As an experiment for Roleplaying Tips, with his permission, we’re posting his outline to inspire your games and to get your help giving Jordan some feedback. This also […]

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RPT Gems #4

Six Word Stories Need some inspiration? This site features members writing story ideas in just six words. When you add restrictions, you get more creative. That’s why a blank sheet of paper is more terrifying than trying to encapsulate a story seed in six words. I suggest hitting specific categories, such as Crime or Sci-Fi. […]

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