RPT Gems #65: Mapping Tutorial, Free Post Apoc Video Book, 50 Places Straight Out Of Nightmares

Mapping With Gimp Tutorial From MonkeyBlood Design comes this step-by-step mapping lesson for creating wilderness maps with the free image software, GIMP. The tut uses their commercial symbols file, but you can use free icons and art from elsewhere just as easily. Six Tips For Battles With The Big Bad Guys From the Adventure Maximus! […]

RPT #3: How To Develop A Compelling Voice

Contents How To Develop A Compelling Voice The Gamemaster’s Hall Of Shame: Monty Haul’s Top Ten Cousins by Peter Maranci How To Develop A Compelling Voice Johnn Four I learned a new habit recently that has had a surprising and positive impact in my life: speaking from the diaphragm. Breathing and speaking from the diaphragm […]

RPT Gems #3

Combat Manager For Pathfinder For Windows XP, Vista and 7, and requiring .NET 4.0, this software is an: Initiative and Combat Management for Pathfinder with searchable Monsters, Feats, Spells and Rules database, Monster Advancer and Treasure Generator. I installed the program and it works well. The database on NPCs alone is worth the download for […]

RPT #2: The Time Bomb Solution

Johnn Four One of the most destructive events that happens every few game sessions in my campaign is the Time Bomb. A missed or incorrectly interpreted rule, a forgotten fact or just a bad play and everybody realizes a little later that a mistake has occurred. And the mistake has deeply affected events that followed. […]

RPT#620: How to Make Magic Items Awesome


In This Issue How to Make Magic Items Awesome Create Brands to Give Players Interesting Choices and Your World More Depth Adding Flavour To Magic Items Describe All The Characteristics Putting The Wonder Back Into Magic Magic Items with Flavor Magical Magic Items Keeping the Magic Alive Let Magic Permeate Life Enhancing Magic Items Magic […]

The Roleplaying Tips Community City Encounter Hook Generator


RPG Blog Carnival – The RPG Blogging Community This month’s RPG Blog Carnival, hosted by Dice Monkey, is all about celebrating the RPG Blogging Community. What better way to do that than to celebrate the Roleplaying Tips community-created product 650 City Encounter Hooks and the associated City Encounter Hook Generator. A Brief Word From Roleplaying […]

RPT Gems #2

The Hero’s Journey So without further ado, our first gem is all about creating killer stories. If you are not a fan of myth master Joseph Campbell, become one. For decades he studied myths from cultures all over the world, current time and from history. He figured out the secret formula and elements common to […]

RPT Gems #1

What Do Players Want Most? In his Engaging Characters and Stories video, Troy Alford from Nerd Rage tells us why players show up to sessions. He makes a great point I’ve not heard elsewhere. And you can leverage this point immediately in your designs. Troy also shares excellent advice about how to make your players […]