Darkest of Winters Adventure Synopsis #15

by Silveressa This synopsis marks the half way point of my Darkest of Winters campaign, look for installment #16 under the new name “Crimson Dawn” coming soon! “Fists of Fury? I wonder if these bandits ever realized their intimidatin’ name sounds more like the title of a gay porno?” –Jessy, pondering how much of a […]

Watch Out For These Time Travel GM Traps

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Movies and books make time travel stories seem easy. We watch with excitement as characters tackle crazy time paradoxes and puzzles, battle villains in a variety of lush settings, and experience fun twists made possible when authors can play with timelines. The scam for us poor game masters, however, is we are more prone to […]

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 […]

Riddleport Session 19 – Power Struggle

This ended up being a tricky session to GM. Just four of six players were present. In addition, instead of continuing further into the cavern complex discovered last session, the PCs unexpectedly decided to return to town and take care of some business. Finally, the PCs triggered an investigation-pursuit mini-plot, and it was interesting playing […]

Donkey Catapults and Leather Jackets

Bring some LARP into your game

Hannah Lipsky from Chaotic Shiny Productions hosts the Brief Word for RPT#515. Tabletop with the LARPers I recently got shanghaied into an unusual Mage: the Ascension game with friends. The thing that makes this group different is that, unlike most gamers I know, everyone in this group got their start LARPing (Live Action Roleplaying) before […]

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 […]

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. […]

How to Handle Pursuit Adventures

Pursuit adventures can be difficult to GM but exciting

I received the following interesting request from a reader about how to handle a campaign where the PCs are the prey. Below is the reader’s request, and then after that I offer some tips. If you have any other tips to add, please add a comment! Hi Johnn, I really enjoy both Roleplaying Tips and […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Darkest of Winters Adventure Synopsis #7

by Silveressa “What the hell’s wrong with that girl? She got some kinda death wish or somethin?” –Jessy Hannaford, commenting on Heather’s daring acrobatics.” “I think she’s trying to avoid the stench of your cigars uncle.” –Tommy Booths, repulsed by the smell of his uncles’ sewage dipped tobacco products. The bullet riddled truck continues its […]

Darkest of Winters Adventure Synopsis #6

by Silveressa “Fly? Anyone can fly a plane, it’s easy. Landing it in one piece, now that’s a might bit trickier.” –Renee Black, clarifying her piloting skills. “That reminds me why they tell you to put your head between your knees when assuming a crash position, it’s so you can kiss your ass goodbye.” –Jessy […]

Darkest of Winters Adventure Synopsis #5

by Silveressa “And to think this time last year, my biggest worry was keeping my bowels move’n on a regular schedule.” -Jessy Hannaford reminiscing about the good o’l days. “Hey, that’s one upside of a zombie apocalypse; you’re never constipated for very long.” -Riley Stetson, proving there’s a positive side to every situation. Riley is […]

Rediscovering Magic

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by Silveressa Recently James S. asked: “In my new campaign, arcane magic has been outlawed. It’s still there, people are just too scared to use it. This has been the status quo for 1,000 years. How would you recommend handling the pacing of magic items, non magical rewards, and character wealth in general?” Hi James, thanks […]

Darkest of Winters Adventure Synopsis #4

by Silveressa Don’t think for a minute just because you’re “go’in commando” it’s going to improve your gun skills or our chances of gettin out of this alive.” -Jessy Hannaford, commenting on Heather’s lack of undergarments. “Cheap talk from the guy wearing *my* panties on his leg.” -Heather Wilks, pointing to her makeshift bandage adorning […]

Darkest of Winters Adventure Synopsis #3

by Silveressa “On second thought I might just get ‘mself a preachers collar and a rabbi cap, jus in case.” -Jessy Hannaford discussing the “spray and pray” method of full auto fire with Riley. “You’d better bring a bible for your last rites as well, and shovel, ’cause if your “friendly fire” comes within spitting […]