How To Become A Better Actor?

Bad actor GM

A reader sent in this plea for help. Do you have any tips for him? Hi Johnn, In many ways, there is no scope for subtle NPCs in an RPG. I need to portray strong personality traits to ensure these features are made clear to the PCs. Plus, it would help to distinguish my NPCs […]

5 Effective Combat Tactics For Assassins

To give you a taste of Assassin’s Amulet, my upcoming new book for game masters, here is a very brief excerpt from the GM Advice chapter. Many GMs struggle with running killer NPCs. One big goal of the book is to arm you with enough actionable advice that you’ll scare the crap out of your […]

How To Turn A Haunted House Into An NPC

Haunted House NPC

From the GMMastery Yahoo Group A GM asked for help making a haunted house become an interesting NPC. Lots of ideas poured into the thread, which I thought I’d highlight here. I fully support giving locations personality. And as you’ll see below, creative GMs can also make places interactive and dramatic. The Initial Request From […]

Cunning Cohorts Build Character: Four GM Tips

npc-cohorts

An RPT reader asked me for tips about handling followers. This tricky territory is just now emerging in my Riddleport campaign. Following are three tips for getting more mileage out of followers, plus some advice on how to tie followers better into your plots and campaigns. Give Them Family, Friends, Contacts, And Enemies For gameplay, […]