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RPT#84 – Observations From A First-Time Game Master – 10 Tips For Beginner GMs

Choose Your Players Carefully And Keep The Group Small Choose Your Game Carefully  Pick A Friendly Setting  Do Your Research  Avoid Over-planning  Know When To Let It Ride….  Know When To End It Be Organized Learn From Your Mistakes (Aka Find Your Weaknesses)  Summarize  Readers’ Tips Summarized Great Resource For Campaign Pictures Breathing Life Into […]

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Comparing Play By Email (PBeM) With Other RPGs — RPT#83

Time And Distance Are Non-Issues  Distribute Information Selectively  Give Everyone Some Prime Time  Let The Party Divide Into Subgroups – At Times  Play with a Larger Group  Pace The Story Right And Take The Reins When Needed  Think In Terms Of Interactive Writing  Readers’ Tips Summarized Use The Scrabble Game For Names; Alternate Sources of […]

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RPT#80 – Creating Npc Voices: 6 Techniques & Tips From Subscribers

Use TV & Movies For Inspiration Focus On The Physical Way You Say Words  Use Language Tapes Use Letter Substitution  Extend Letters  NPC Voice Examples From Readers  Readers’ Tips Summarized Create Opposite Personalities To Help You Roleplay Better Use Fonts To Get Players Roleplaying  More Cheap Miniatures  Homemade GM Screen Idea  Reader Request: Tips For […]

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RPT#76 – How To Deal With Absentee Players, Part II

Use The Player’s Absence To Add Something Interesting To The Game Stall Or Sidetrack The Party Host A One-Shot Game Host An Alternate Campaign Dive Into Alternate Reality List Of 28 Lame Excuses To Exclude A PC Readers’ Tips Summarized Switching Genres Without Switching Games Encourage Roleplaying Through Planning Lamination Tips Introduce People To Roleplaying […]

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RPT#74 – 7 More Ways You Can Make Travel Interesting Or Important

Provide Great Descriptions Bring Back Loose Ends Create Interesting Maps As Player Hand-Outs Use Travel To Relieve Tension Use Travel Time For Roleplaying Use Travel For Character Development Chat With Your Group Before Using Random Encounters Readers’ Tips Summarized Use A Character Questionnaire To Develop NPCs Ask Why and How Character Development Task Examples Choose […]

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6 Ways You Can Use Names To Enhance Your Campaign, Part I — RPT#72

Keep Names Consistent Use Foreign Languages For Names Consider Surnames Carefully Reveal Your Campaign World Through Names Honour Your Players’ Names Introduce The Name Before The NPC Readers’ Tips Summarized Use Binders With Clear Plastic Covers Thursday A Good Game Day? 5 Ways To Speed Up Combat Online Traps Resource Comments From A Young GM […]

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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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How To Introduce New People To Roleplaying – RPT#65

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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