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How To Get New People Hooked On Roleplaying

Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #66 Help Prepare The New Player Beforehand From Heather Grove Welcome to The Burning Void An excerpt from The Burning Void Roleplaying Resources Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 6, Make the New Guy Welcome. [Read the whole article, republished with permission. Highly recommended!]Make sure the new player understands what sort of game you’re […]

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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#57 – 6 Ways To Perfect Your Gaming Environment

Choose A Good Gaming Table Create Close Quarters Prevent Distractions Change Your Lighting Use Visual Aids Modify Player Positioning Readers’ Tips Summarized 27 Gaming Environment Tips Bureaucracy Comments The 12 Tasks of Asterix (Bureaucracy related) Bureaucracy Warning A Brief Word From Johnn Thanks To The News Sites I’d like to say thank you to all […]

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RPT#56 – 5 Tips On Using Bureaucracy In Your Game World

Bureaucracy Makes Good Roleplaying Use Bureaucracy As A Pacing Tool Be Creative Where You Install Bureaucracy Bureaucracy Is A Method For Villains Examples Of Bureaucracy’s Methods A Brief Word From Johnn Your Tips Submissions Always Welcome! Thanks to everyone for your tips emails! I’ve been receiving feedback on topics from recent and archived issues and […]

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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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5 Ways To Help Your Players Roleplay More

Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #52 A Brief Word From Johnn Supplemental Issue #3 Released I’m pleased to announce that Roleplaying Tips Weekly Supplemental #3 is ready:“Helping Players Choose To Roleplay vs. Fight” It’s a long file (66k, 11,000 words) but each post in it has at least a nugget or two of excellent advice. Supplemental #3. Roleplay […]

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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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