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The Perfect Gaming Environment

RoleplayingTips Weekly Supplemental #4 Here are numerous tips, stories, and comments about Issue #56’s request for advice and experiences about gaming environments. Regards, Johnn Four [email protected] From: Rick Turn the TV off! Put players who are known to talk off topic more than the others closer to the DM. In my games this increases their […]

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Roleplaying Tips Supplemental #2

Alternative Forms Of Character Rewards Please find below various tips, stories and comments about Issue #50’s request for alernative forms of character reward. [Issue #50] Cheers, Johnn Four [email protected] From: Warren L. www.mmpog.net ( follow the D&D link) Picture this: A ramshackle lean-to. Scattered about its interior are various armor pieces that seem over-sized and […]

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Levitate And Fly: Going Over The Head Of A Medieval Campaign

From: Simon Woodside Introduction In the medieval world, it was taken for granted that traveling was a dangerous and chancy endeavour. Even in the twelfth century, the Europeans lacked basic navigational tools like the compass (to find north) and the clock (to measure longitude). Maps were often guesswork and many of the landforms they depicted […]

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How to Create a Bureaucracy

From: 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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RPGs and Film narrative

From: Julian Jackson “Snakes! Why did it have to be snakes? I hate snakes.” Raiders of the Lost Ark When I see a good film, I often file it away in my mind to use in gaming, sometimes directly. “You are archaeology students, and your teacher, Dr Indiana Jones, has sent you off to locate […]

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An Example Campaign Survey

From: Colin Walmsley [Comment from Johnn: the following is a survey my friend Colin whipped up before launching his D&D campaign in 2006. I thought his survey was excellent, and that you might find some ideas in it for your own surveys.] D&D Pre-Campaign Questionaire These are some basic ideas. Please respond to each and […]

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Advantages of Amber: Diceless Gaming

From: Loz Newman Why go diceless? I’ve GM’ed Amber for multiple years now, at irregular intervals and I intend to keep on doing so for many years more. In my opinion diceless role-playing has many advantages, and some problems. The Advantages Speed! No more fumbling with dice, with tables, with special maneuver bonuses, environmental modifiers, […]

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3 Line NPC Contest

Quick update: the contest is now over. Thanks to everyone who entered! Use My New 3 Line NPC Generator to Create Great NPCs To celebrate RPT#700, and to get your help testing a new online generator I’ve created, I’ve got another GM challenge and contest queued up. The theme is 3 Line NPCs and there’s […]

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How Not to Get Eaten

Geek & Sundry posted a checklist for foolish brave adventurers on how to survive. I decided to measure my group and see how well the Murder Hobos rated. Is 9 out of 20 a good score? #murderhobosfail

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New RPT Issues Online – Major Archives Update

I’ve just added about 20 issues to the Roleplaying Tips Archives page. RPT#645-654 are all back-filled. RPT#619-#627 added. And RPT#513. More issues from the archives will be posted online, a few here and there, until the job of a complete archives is finished. I hope you find the game master tips useful! Be sure to […]

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Races & Aliens – RPG Blog Carnival November 2014

Races and aliens were the topic of this month’s RPG Blog Carnival. RPG bloggers worldwide wrote about this interesting and possibly controversial topic. We had new races and species, some GM advice, and some musings on racism in fiction and in life.Here’s a round-up of their posts to make it easy for you to find […]

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Quick Editing Help Needed

[Update April 14: Thanks very much to the great editors who helped out! The files have all been taken care of now. Stay tuned for more news about the Combat Swipes.] Howdy Roleplaying Tips fan! I’ve just compiled all the raw entries from the Combat Swipe File contest. They have been broken up into short […]

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How to Contact and Hire an Assassin

How do you handle assassin services in your campaigns? This situation offers you an opportunity to enrich your campaign and world through interesting encounters and possibilities. In this excerpt from Assassin’s Amulet – my upcoming essential GM Toolbook – I reveal the gaming potential of contacting and hiring assassins in your campaigns. Begin Excerpt: This […]

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Flashback Fridays!

by Silveressa Every Friday starting today, we’ll be providing you with a blast from the past, old articles brought back to the forefront for your reading pleasure! Each Article will help new readers with classic advice, and remind our long time fans of great tips they may have overlooked or forgotten about.

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