How To Become A Better Actor?

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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

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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, […]

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 […]

How Do You GM Great Droids?

Droid Tips

In RPT #512 RND(axe) asked for help on running interesting droids in his Star Wars game. I received the following two great responses: Keep Droids Tools From Mark of the Pixie When I run droids, I stay focused on their purpose.  Droids are tools, not characters (helps stop them outshining PCs).  It colours their outlook […]

1,000 NPC Traits

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RPT reader Chad Samuels sent me a spreadsheet of 1,000 NPC traits. A great resource! Thanks Chad. Below are all the traits listed. Just roll d1000. Chad advises picking at least two traits per NPC to add some depth of personality. At the end is Chad’s spreadsheet for download. 1,000 NPC Traits 1 Able 335 Frantic 668 Possessive […]

Pet & Peer NPCs

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by Silveressa Sometimes playing a major NPC that’s part of the party can be tough. After all, it’s hard not to have the NPC come up with a winning strategy, spot a piece of evidence or find a trap the PCs overlooked. However, if one does this too much, the NPC becomes the crutch the group leans […]