RPT#656: Quest Cards

Brief Word From Johnn Johnn Chats With Playing Lean For those into game design and making a side business building games, you might be interested in a Hangout I had with Tore Rasmussen where we chatted about his new game, Play Lean. Currently in Kickstarter mode, Playing Lean teaches you how to start and scale […]

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New RPT Issues Online – Major Archives Update

I’ve just added about 20 issues to the Roleplaying Tips Archives page. RPT#645-654 are all back-filled. RPT#619-#627 added. And RPT#513. More issues from the archives will be posted online, a few here and there, until the job of a complete archives is finished. I hope you find the game master tips useful! Be sure to […]

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RPT#654: How to Use Meddling Gods to Make Life Very Interesting for Your Players

Five different ways to make lives interesting for the PCs with meddling gods. My world-building framework always starts with the gods because they influence my fantasy games so much. Gods should be active agents in games. Meddlers in conflict with one another. And possibly in conflict with cosmological evils. This instantly gives me adventure hooks, villain ideas, and campaign possibilities. The gods don’t just sit back and watch their favourite show on World TV. Instead, they play chess, sacrificing pawns to capture rooks, knights, queens, and kings. And as always, the PCs are affected.

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RPT#652: Walking the Faction Pyramid, Magic Trinkets, Magic Banking

In RPT#644 I showed you how to use a tool called the Faction Pyramid Technique to create organizations that will drive your plots, adventures, and hexcrawls.

I went beyond the simple goals and structure of an organization and added the unique philosophies, lines, and limits of individual nodes to create specific factions. This time, I’ll touch on the nodes with more detail including changes over time, layers within the factions, and character interaction with the organization as a whole and their individual nodes.

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RPT#648: War-Winning Missions

Brief Word From Johnn Mythic Gods Winners It was great to see the divine creations sent in for the Mythic Gods contest. For top-down type world building, there’s no better place to start than the powers-that-be. And for GMs looking for campaign seed ideas, conflicts with immortals are always fertile plotting grounds. Congratulations to the […]

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RPT Gems #16

A Treasure Trove Of Adventures Living Forgotten Realms posted its adventures from 2008-2010 in an online archive. There’s dozens and dozens here to download for use, looting and inspiration! Lessons Learned in the Past 2 Years DM Samuel offers great advice in this blog post about GM learnings. Spiff Up Hair Descriptions M. A good […]

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RPT Gems #15

The Adventure Funnel From the I Waste Buddha With My Crossbow blog, comes a simple adventure design template. When it’s time to whip up an adventure that I’m probably not going to run because nobody shows up or something else goes wrong, The Adventure Funnel lends a hand. Freebies For Sci-Fi GMs Terra Sol Games […]

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RPT Gems #14

Electronic Tools for Gaming This page links to software a digital GM might find handy. At least one link – Infrno – was new to me. Dungeon Maps Galore The annual One Page Dungeon Contest posts all their entries online. This means you have a wonderful library of maps at your disposal! Basic GMing Rules […]

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RPT Gems #13

Atlas Obscura Joeri Hi Johnn, I ran across this site. It’s an adventure site with special places and such from all over the world. ZeeMaps A private online map of Earth you can add push pins to. Use this for modern campaigns or to keep track of your players if you play online. If you […]

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