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RPT Gems #16

A Treasure Trove Of Adventures Living Forgotten Realms posted its adventures from 2008-2010 in an online archive. There’s dozens and dozens here to download for use, looting and inspiration! Lessons Learned in the Past 2 Years DM Samuel offers great advice in this blog post about GM learnings. Spiff Up Hair Descriptions M. A good […]

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RPT Gems #15

The Adventure Funnel From the I Waste Buddha With My Crossbow blog, comes a simple adventure design template. When it’s time to whip up an adventure that I’m probably not going to run because nobody shows up or something else goes wrong, The Adventure Funnel lends a hand. Freebies For Sci-Fi GMs Terra Sol Games […]

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RPT Gems #14

Electronic Tools for Gaming This page links to software a digital GM might find handy. At least one link – Infrno – was new to me. Dungeon Maps Galore The annual One Page Dungeon Contest posts all their entries online. This means you have a wonderful library of maps at your disposal! Basic GMing Rules […]

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RPT Gems #13

Atlas Obscura Joeri Hi Johnn, I ran across this site. It’s an adventure site with special places and such from all over the world. ZeeMaps A private online map of Earth you can add push pins to. Use this for modern campaigns or to keep track of your players if you play online. If you […]

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RPT Gems #12

DM’s Tips On YouTube Sean Connors Check out my YouTube channel theoutsiders68, a program dedicated to DMing. [Johnn: Good advice here in Sean’s playlist. Lots of topics covered.] Free Books At RPGNow West End Games has several good books available for free at RPGNow. For example, D6 Fantasy, D6 Space and D6 Adventure. The new […]

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RPT Gems #11

Best Game Ever (A Different D&D Song) John Lach shared in the Old School Gamers Facebook Group a funny YouTube video I thought you might enjoy as well. A frustrated gamer shares his thoughts on problem player George in song. Poor George. Soundscapes and Music Managing for RPG Neith I saw you were suggesting software […]

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RPT Gems #10

Mutant Soundmixer This donationware software offers an easy way to manage sound effects and music for your sessions. Check out the screenshots to get a feel for its features. Friends, Foes & Followers This is a great 13 part series of NPCs you can use in your fantasy game. Written for Harn, each part has […]

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RPT Gems #9

Medieval Demographics Made Easy: Numbers For Fantasy Worlds This link comes from RPT subscriber David Lundy. I found this site to be very helpful with building my fledgling world. Created by John S. Ross, Medieval Demographics Made Easy will help you figure out realistic populations for your setting. How to Make Your Own Dice Tower […]

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RPT Gems #70: Free RPG Bonanza

DramaSystem SRD Now Available Check out the latest work by Robin. D. Laws – DramaSystem. Get it for free here. http://robin-d-laws.blogspot.ca/2013/09/dramasystem-srd-now-available.html Traveller For Free Traveller is one of the more iconic Sci-Fi RPGs of yesteryear, and sees a strong following today. Why not check out the SRD for free? http://www.travellersrd.com/content/official/mongoose_traveller_srd/mongoose_traveller_srd_index.html Free RPG Day 2012 and […]

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RPT Gems #8: Mapping Special

Dave’s Mapper I linked to this neat random tile dungeon generator in the newsletter awhile ago, and if you have not checked it out, you have to give it a try. Inkwell’s Random Map Generators Joe Wetzel has several cool map gens for us: Random Inn Map Generator Random City Map Generator Random Dungeon Generator […]

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RPT Gems #69: D&D 5E Roundup

D&D 5E Backgrounds Archive Without a doubt, the biggest new innovation for D&D 5E has to be the inclusion of backgrounds. The fact that each includes a roleplaying benefit is just the icing on the cake! From Kasimir Urbanski comes this gem: The original database of D&D backgrounds. Started August 16th. Our goal is to […]

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RPT Gems #7

Adding A New (Third) Dimension To Dungeon Tiles An illustrated quick trick to turn your 2-D tiles into 3-D environments. Building Better NPCs III: Character Webs A character web is a map — a specific kind of map that charts the relationships of NPCs to one another. It’s a great tool for figuring out how […]

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RPT Gems #68: Dungeons

Cavern Complex Table Tor-Ivar Krogsæter I found this great pdf by Dirk Collins giving a quick and easy way to create interesting cavern complexes. Dungeon Map Generator Got game? Need Map? This dungeon generator will come up with a map in a jiffy, complete with area numbers, so you can focus on some Old-School Dungeon […]

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RPT Gems #6

Villains Can Learn A Lot From Murphy’s Combat Laws They key to a great story is a great villain. The RPG Athenaeum looks at the classic list of Murphy’s Law of Combat Operations, which holds more than 100 humorous observations about the not-so-humorous activity of actual warfare. It’s a short post but I think it […]

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RPT Gems #67: Horde of the Dragon Queen Special

Besieged Village Generator Daniel Davis shared the following generator for creating random village sieges for your players to handle: Hoard of the Dragon Queen chapter 1 atomized and put back together as a generator of cult-besieged villages in general. Put a ton of these in your sandbox, and the PCs could make a whole campaign of […]

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Making Undead Cool Again

This month’s RPG Blog Carnival is “Things That Go Bump in the Night”, and is hosted by Of Dice and Dragons. Undead are boring. We’ve gamed them so much they’re predictable and common. But that’s not going to stop me. For the fantasy city campaign I’m planning, which has no name yet, I’m adding undead. […]

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RPT Gems #5

How to Run & Play RPG Greg Stoltz’s download page has lots of interesting things on it, especially for the games he’s designed. And at the bottom of the page there are two links you might find of interest: How to Run Roleplaying Games How to Play Roleplaying Games These are short PDFs that contain […]

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Travelling Circus Turns Into a Criminal Band

Roleplaying Tips Community Feedback – Jordan Schroeder’s Adventure Synopsis RPT Reader Jordan Schroeder sent in an interesting adventure synopsis involving a nefarious circus, and asked for feedback. As an experiment for Roleplaying Tips, with his permission, we’re posting his outline to inspire your games and to get your help giving Jordan some feedback. This also […]

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RPT Gems #4

Six Word Stories Need some inspiration? This site features members writing story ideas in just six words. When you add restrictions, you get more creative. That’s why a blank sheet of paper is more terrifying than trying to encapsulate a story seed in six words. I suggest hitting specific categories, such as Crime or Sci-Fi. […]

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RPT Gems #3

Combat Manager For Pathfinder For Windows XP, Vista and 7, and requiring .NET 4.0, this software is an: Initiative and Combat Management for Pathfinder with searchable Monsters, Feats, Spells and Rules database, Monster Advancer and Treasure Generator. I installed the program and it works well. The database on NPCs alone is worth the download for […]

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