RPG Movies For Game Masters

Interested in movies for game master and RPG inspiration? Today you’re in luck! Below is a list of movies submitted by RPT readers as perfect for GMs to watch and get ideas from. The List: RPG Movies For Game Masters 11:14 13 Ghosts 13th Warrior Must-watches for any viking campaign. Gritty combat with pseudo-fantasy elements. […]

Masks, the good, the bad, and the ugly

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By Silveressa Today I have the opportunity to review Masks, a system neutral RPG supplement written by the authors of gnomestew.com. Overview Masks is perhaps best described as a “must have addition to any GM’s tool kit.” Contained within is 1000 NPCs, categorized by genre, skill set, trait, disposition towards party etc. (The book marking […]

Drama Doubloons

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by Lord Skudley Drama Doubloons {DD} will be awarded to any Character who commits a selfless act or brave deed that can only be called Heroic. Likewise Drama Doubloons can be offered to an evil aligned character that performs a particularly vile act. They can be used at the player’s discretion to perform amazing, often […]

My Digital Campaign Toolbox

Campaign Toolbox

GnomeStew author DNAphil recently posted about what digital tools he uses to run his campaign. At the end he asked GMs what tools they use, and I thought I’d respond here in the newsletter. Four Tool Types You can divide tools into four categories based on how they’re used by GMs: Group management and organization […]

Dungeon Master Tools – MyInfo Software

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Dungeon Master Tool Review: How To Be On Top Of Your Game Without Breaking A Sweat Track your entire world, your whole campaign, and every adventure with MyInfo Software I’ve been using MyInfo as my dungeon master tool for notes and GM organization for years. I’ve tried other methods and other software, but MyInfo helps […]

Listen to these Great Recorded Game Sessions

RPG Podcasts

In RPT#525, Carl made this reader tip request: What would be the best videos or audios of RPG sessions that a new DM should watch or listen to? Several great readers responded with their suggestions. Thanks! 1. Penny Arcade, I Hit It With My Axe Carl, I’m rather fond of the Penny Arcade podcasts. When […]

Character Creation and Roleplaying Rewards

Character creation rewards

From The B’omarr Punk When I started emphasizing in-depth roleplaying in my games, some players didn’t want to play along. So, I instituted an incentive program that granted bonus xp, items, or ability points for giving characters depth. The program has two phases: character creation and roleplaying rewards. Character Creation During character creation, players complete […]

Review: How to be a Great GM

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By Silveressa Today I have the opportunity to review the e-book How to be a Great GM, by Avalon games, an easy to follow 26 page guide that makes a great addition to any GM’s tool kit. Overview Like the title says, the book offers some solid system neutral GMing advice, (especially to those new […]

I Smell Props

Smell

A discussion recently popped up in the GM Mastery Yahoo group when group member Randal asked about using smells in games: “Have you ever noticed that when you smell a familiar smell it brings back all these memories? Just curious if any of you have tried to set the mood by burning incense or doing […]

Organize Your Information With Evernote

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From Jared Hunt http://www.jaredhunt.ca Evernote is a free service that I’ve used on Mac, iPhone, and iPad. There are versions for other mobiles and for Windows as well. It is a simple word processing program that incorporates online storage so you can share your notes across any number of your computers and devices. http://www.evernote.com One […]

When It All Goes Wrong: DMing on the Fly

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by Deacon Rayne Warning: This article represents a certain ruthless type of gameplay that, while still friendly between DM and Players, may be better suited for good friends who know not to take whatever cutthroat tactics their DM may use personally. In a perfect world, you, the DM, create an awesome story. Your awesome players […]

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 […]

Rite NPC Deck Review

Rite NPC Deck Review

I love the idea of giving players visuals of the people they meet. Sure, we GMs paint pictures with our words, but a picture is worth 1000 of those. At least, most of the time. Overall, I give the Rite NPC Deck a passing grade, but I do have feedback for the designers, because I […]

Excel File Generates Shop Inventory For You

Download Jacob's ShopKeeper Excel file

By Jacob Valdez As a player and a GM, I’ve always felt it would be a little easier to suspend my disbelief if sometimes it wasn’t possible to get a particular item in a shop, or if the prices were different from town to town. The problem is this isn’t easily accomplished on the fly […]

Royalty Free Music

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I received a spam email the other day for a music sales site, but I noticed upon clicking through there was a link to a royalty free music site. Looks like there are some great sound effects and lots of music titles for session ambiance. No download links that I could see, but it would […]