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Character Questionnaires Tips & Techniques, Part I — RPT#67

Six Benefits Of Character Questionnaires Ten Methods & Options For Handling Questionnaires Avoid Overwhelming Your Players Custom Questions Vs. Generic Practical Questions Vs. Inspirational Readers’ Tips Summarized A Neat Home-Made Dungeon Tiles Recipe Use A CRPG World For Your Pen & Paper Campaign 6 Miscellaneous GMing Tips A Brief Word From Johnn Character Questionnaires We […]

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RPT#71 – 5 Ways You Can Make Travel Interesting Or Important

Provide A Background For The Encounter Get Into The Nitty Gritty Details Of Travel Consider Adding New Environmental Challenges Pre-Plan Some Basic Encounters For Use At Any Time Reveal Important Information Get Into The Travel Spirit Readers’ Tips Summarized Build Your Maps In Lego Use Prophecy For Tension Creation Find New Roleplayers By Hosting A […]

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RPT#65 – How To Introduce New People To Roleplaying

Send Out Invitations Chat About Your Hobby Invite Spouses & Girl/Boyfriends Organize An “Introduction To RPGs” Workshop Invite People To Watch Spread The Word Using The Internet Be Open To Answering Questions Hook Them With The Story — Not The Dice It’s a Cooperative Game Reminisce About Great Campaigns Readers’ Tips Summarized Using Miniatures/Props To […]

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RPT#63 – How To Multi-Task Better During Your Games: 6 Tips, Part I

Learn To Multi-Task Understand What Things You Need To Track In-Game Learn To Divide Your Attention Acknowledge Players Quickly & Briefly In Mid-Stride Prioritize Your Attention Use Notes Readers’ Tips Summarized Money Tokens Tip & Request Subscriber Author Book Plug: Heather Grove Subscriber Author Book Plug: Martin J Dougherty Re-Use Old Game Material For New […]

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RPT#54 – 6 Story-Making Tips

Plot vs. Story Design Your Plot In Iterations Starting From The First Session Outwards Obey Your Game’s Rules & Your Game World’s Rules Work Each PC Into The Story Create Loose Ends Create Moveable Scenes A Brief Word From Johnn Brief Game Master Survey Thank you to everyone who filled out Gary Gygax’s game master […]

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RPT#53 – 8 Deadly Combat Tips

Understand How Deadly Combat Can Help Your Game Avoid Modifying Rules Turn Combat Into A Game Within A Game Use The Players’ Own Tactics Against Them Let Players Play The Bad Guys Purposefully Take Prisoners Have Multiple Foes Focus On The Weakest Characters Vs. Spreading One Foe Out Per Character Have Foes Give Another, Final […]

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Rewards: 6 Ways To Help Your Players Develop Compelling Characters During Play — RPT#50

These tips are all about helping your players develop interesting and unique characters during play. A player who really enjoys playing their character is almost always enthusiastic during play and has more fun at the game table. And feeling interested and enthusiastic, plus having fun, is pretty much the best reward of all for roleplaying. […]

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RPT#46 – 7 Tips For Fast & Effective Note-Taking While Game Mastering, Part II

Review Your Notes Within 2 Days After Each Session Group Your Notes By Drawing In The Margins Use Standardized Index Cards Underline Names Focus On Actions Clearly Label Your Pages Record What Is Important To Your Players A Brief Word From Johnn Terrific news: Roleplaying Tips Weekly is now being translated into Hungarian! Break out […]

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RPT#44 – How To Maintain Game Consistency, While Winging-It, For Left-Brain Game Masters, Part II

Be Vague Until Absolutely Necessary Copy Players’ Character Sheets Use a GM Binder or Notebook Use Specially Designated Index Cards Keep An NPC Log Review Your Notes Before Each Session A Brief Word From Johnn This issue is early as Sunday evening I’ll be sleeping on the couch with a stomach full of turkey: it’s […]

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