Creating Npc Voices: 6 Techniques & Tips From Subscribers

Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #0080 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  […]

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Using Limericks To Spice Things Up

Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #0079 Hold A Contest Make Them A Villain Quirk Use Them To Give Clues Limerick Key #1: Metre Limerick Key #2: Rhyme Limerick Key #3: The Opening Line Give Your Limericks A Twist At The End Read Your Limerick Out Loud Readers’ Tips Summarized Cheap Miniatures Tip More Cheap Miniatures An Absentee […]

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10 Tips On Passing Notes During Games

Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #0077 Be Careful When Passing Notes & How They Affect Your Game Notes & Suspicion Notes & Paranoia Use Notes For Non-Essential Things Use Notes To Keep The Game Flowing Prepare & Organize For Note Passing Beforehand Let Notes Be Intercepted Use Post-it Notes Note Passing Methods Evil Tips (For Mature Groups […]

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How To Deal With Absentee Players – Part II

Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #0076 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 […]

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7 Plot Twisting Tips – Part I

Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #0075 Divide An Adventure Into Steps & Twist Each Step Twist On Three Different Levels: Encounter, Story, Campaign Look For Ways To Use Magic Or Technology To Create Twists Combine Two Different Stories Meta-Game twist: Switch Genres On The PCs Don’t Twist Too Much Twist In The PCs’ Favour Readers’ Tips Summarized […]

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7 More Ways You Can Make Travel Interesting Or Important

Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #0074 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 […]

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Character Questionnaires Tips & Techniques – Part II

Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #0068 Beware Of Asking Tough & Important Questions Too Early Give Players Enough Information To Work With Use Questions About Campaign Situations To Help You Plan Better Reward Players For Their Time & Effort Set A Deadline Sources For Questionnaires & Inspiration Readers’ Tips Summarized Two GM Conspiracy Note Passing Tip Using […]

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6 Ways You Can Use Names To Enhance Your Campaign – Part I

Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #0072 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 […]

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Character Questionnaires Tips & Techniques – Part I

Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #0067 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 […]

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5 Ways You Can Make Travel Interesting Or Important

Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #0071 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 […]

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How To Deal With Absentee Players – Part I

Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #0070 Get Some Perspective On The Problem Create House Rules And Agree On Consequences Have The Character Fade Into The Background Make The Character Vanish Another Player Takes Control Of The Character GM Controls The Missing Player’s PC PC Falls Under Group Control Readers’ Tips Summarized Introduce New Players Who Can’t Commit […]

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How To Multi-Task Better During Your Games: 6 Tips – Part I

Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #0063 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 […]

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6 Miscellaneous Map Tips

Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #0060 Keep Your Maps Simple Make A List First Create An Outline And Copy It Map Materials Ideas Protect Your Maps Mapping Software Readers’ Tips Summarized Using Sixth Sense Clues To Drive A Story Use Symbolism For Clues Clue Tips & A Warning Creating A Classic Clue Driven Adventure A Brief Word […]

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13 Tips For Finding New Players

Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #0058 Get A Business Card Advertise In Stores Go To The Library Post-It Notes Friends, Family, Co-workers Talk With Strangers  Host A Board Game Or Card Game Night Carry An RPG Book Around With You Post In Online Roleplaying Discussion Groups & Lists Contact Ex-Players Find Regional Clubs Enlist Your Fellow Players […]

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6 Ways To Perfect Your Gaming Environment

Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #0057 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 […]

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