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How to Create a Bureaucracy

By Gareth Hodges The Aaargh factor Technically, a bureaucracy is designed to help a government or large group deliver services in a timely, efficient and effective manner. Traditionally however, they are viewed as mockeries that frustrate, delay and ultimately fail to produce results. The first step in creating a bureaucratic system for your gaming world […]

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GM Interview: Rebecca

This week we interview Rebecca, a fan of D&D 4th edition from Ireland, a lover of Forgotten Realms and enjoy’s creating her own story arcs. Please introduce yourself: Hey, I’m Rebecca Maguire. From Ireland, studying to be an English teacher. Do you have a blog, website or campaign wiki? http://www.sites.google.com/site/forgottenrealmsdnd It is currently under construction. I’m not […]

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How To Create Great Magic Items In Just Three Minutes

Design awesome magical rewards during commercial breaks Busy GMs need help prepping for games faster. And you can create fantastic magic items in just three minutes using my stat block. Magic treasure is critical in most fantasy games because it does so much: Creates campaign balance, especially if combats are often difficult Adds to campaign […]

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Adventure Design Tip: How Do You use Chekhov’s Gun in Gaming?

From Ben Scerri The literary principal of Chekhov’s Gun has been around since the late 19th century and has influenced every aspect of storytelling culture. However, in my experience, it has failed to fully affect gaming and the stories game masters tell. This might be due to the reactive essence of good gaming (i.e. the […]

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How to Add Conspiracy Theories to Your Game

The most interesting thing about conspiracy theories is they could be true. Supporters will find evidence to support them, while the government will disprove them. The rest of the world doesn’t know or doesn’t care. That’s why many theorists keep ideas within sympathetic groups and only go public when they have enough proof. Create a […]

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