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6 Devious Villain Tactics

Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #27 Seize Control With Questions To help a villain gain the advantage in any parley have them ask the questions. He who asks the questions controls the conversation and what comes from it. If possible, the villain should try to begin conversations with a question, which should lead to another question and […]

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8 NPC Parley Tricks

Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #25 Do Not Use Contractions In Greg’s article [see my comments above for the URL] he advises not to use contractions when “speaking in NPC”. It’s more dramatic to say “it is your misfortune”, “do not think to presume” and “you cannot understand my woe” than “it’s”, “don’t” and “can’t”. Great tip! […]

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Multi-Media In Roleplaying: 3 Experiments That Went Very Well

Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #23 Tape Recorder Tape recording sessions is not recommended: the recorder often dampens play with its presence, changing tapes is annoying and the playback is b-o-r-i-n-g.However, I’ve found it extremely helpful to sit around before or after a game session and record the group’s thoughts. I’ve only done this a few times […]

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Seven Tricks to Save Time

From Guardian Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #22 Dice Rolling dice is your enemy. The more time you spend dealing with dice, the less time you can spend planning the critters’ moves, top bad guy’s plans, and dealing with the PCs’ actions. It’s not that you want to roll fewer dice (nothing scares hack’n’slashers like picking up […]

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Ten Tips For Stress-Free Gamemastering

From Kevin Davies Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #20 Like many gamers, when I first entered the hobby, I thought that it was desirable and even necessary to have rules to account for the outcome of every possible Character action or environmental condition. Thick rulebooks were the norm, although roleplay games were typically thin on descriptive and […]

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Top 7 Tips For Developing The Voice That Wins By Dr. June Johnson – RPT#9

The voice is your most powerful means of communication. How you hear yourself is not necessarily how others hear you. Successful professionals have voices that command attention and move people to action. The following tips will help you to develop the voice of authority. Breathe from the diaphragm — the foundation of effective speech. It […]

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