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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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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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8 Deadly Combat Tips – RPT#53

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

Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #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 […]

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10 Ways To Find Inspiration

From Kate Manchester Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #49 Guest Article From Kate Manchester As an administrator of an RPG, be your title Dungeon Master, Game Master, Story Teller or what have you, perhaps one of the most difficult tasks you will face is coming up with adventures for your player characters. While pre-made adventures can be […]

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7 Tips For Fast & Effective Note-Taking, While Game Mastering, Part I

Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #45 Don’t Record Everything — Just The Important Stuff The goal of note-taking is to record whatever important information that occurs in the game session that isn’t already documented. Don’t try to write down everything, just the important stuff: Names, dates, distances, other similar facts Good ideas you or the players come […]

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

Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #44 Part I with tips 1-5 is available at: RPT#43 – How To Maintain Game Consistency, While Winging-It, For Left-Brain Game Masters, Part I Be Vague Until Absolutely Necessary This tip has a couple of different applications. First, the more facts you mention to the players the more information you need to track. […]

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How To Maintain Game Consistency, While Winging It, For Left-Brain Game Masters, Part I

Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #43 Focus On Tracking Key Information Learn to track only the information that is critical to campaign consistency. If you do this, then any additional information you record or remember is a bonus and you can feel confident about your campaign. Names (NPCs, places, things…) Dates (Current campaign events, historical dates, futuredates […]

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9 Game Master Tips From Valdron Inc.

Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #42 Build Party Chemistry Through Skill Sharing Party chemistry can be built if characters teach each other skills, such as trading martial arts lessons for language classes. Surprise Players Through Misdirection Ask for a character’s score in a totally irrelevant, obscure skill, and you can misdirect player expectations and surprise them. Use […]

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