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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Keep focused on the game

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By Silveressa When I first started GMing years ago I ran into this problem rather frequently: An in-character action resulted in an out-of-game movie one liner, and then the game unexpectedly paused for several minutes while the group discussed the movie in question. I found a few easy tricks that worked surprisingly well to keep […]

Minis Giveaway Contest

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Time for a new Roleplaying Tips contest. Gator Games has kindly offered an amazing 12 packs of D&D Heroes minis as prizes. There will be four winners in all, each will receive two or more packs of minis. Thanks very much, Jean! How to enter To enter, email me a tip related to minis or […]

Reader Tip Request – The Manhunt

Today I received the following tip request. As the newsletter is a couple weeks away, and Justin needs some tips asap, I thought I’d put this shiny new blog to work and see if you have any ideas or advice for Justin: Johnn, I have been reading your newsletter and blog for about 2 months […]