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City Tips III – RPT#90

9 Basic Pointers Avoid Bartering With Large Groups A Neat Method For Planning Out A City Another Good City Planning Method Solutions To Several Problems With City Games Describing Cities Readers’ Tips Summarized Door Slamming Sound Effect Sounds Effects Tips A Neat Tarot Cheating Trick Tarot Alternatives A Survey of Tarot Decks for Roleplaying Purposes […]

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Using Tarot Cards To Help Plan & Inspire Your Games – RPT#89

Tarot Links Use Tarot To Generate Plot Hooks Create Quick Random Encounters Story Or Plot Design Assistance Villain Design Card Interpretation Options Tarot Encounter Generation Fortunes As Prophecy Use A Deck That Suites Your Game Complex Personalities Layout Readers’ Tips Summarized Spooky Game Table Sound Effects The 3 Dimensions of NPCs Create Reports Or Journals […]

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RPT#85 – 10 Ways To Use Traps To Enhance An Adventure, Part I

Traps Are Encounters There Is At Least One Mind Behind Each Trap Most Traps Were Never Designed For Indiscriminate Slaughter Ancient Traps Are Different From Very Recent Ones Traps Are Not Independent Of Their Surroundings Readers’ Tips Summarized Award Good Roleplaying With Points What Do You Do When You Have Nothing Planned? Let Distant Players […]

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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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