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Paranoia: Shattering The Trust Part – III

From Ross Shingledecker (~Acolyte) Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #0213 Paranoia: Shattering The Trust Part – III Part III: Minor In-Game Events Click here to read the Paranoia: Shattering The Trust Part IClick here to read the Paranoia: Shattering The Trust Part II This group of tips refers to small things that will unnerve your players without […]

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The Session Checklist: Ingredients To A Successful Game Session – Part I

Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #0198 The Session Checklist: Ingredients To A Successful Game Session – Part I When I’m bored, going to sleep, commuting, standing in line, or walking around, my thoughts often drive straight to some roleplaying topic. Frequently, I ponder “the perfect game session.” I try to envisage in great detail just exactly what […]

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“I only have 30 minutes to prepare for a game” What do you do?

Tips and ideas on how to panic and get ready for a game with only 30 minutes to prepare. I'm going to assume you don't just wing it 100%. That requires no prep time except to go to the store to buy snacks. 🙂 Instead, I'm going to say you GM like me, where you want some ideas, notes, and rough plans, because you like a safety net and enjoy having at least some material to riff off of during the session.

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Happy House Ruling – How to Use Game Design to Create New Gameplay Experiences

From Johnn Four Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #0623 Happy House Ruling – How to Use Game Design to Create New Gameplay Experiences Introduce constraints through house rules and game design to offer unique gaming experiences and encourage creativity. A couple of old school AD&D modules come to mind. EX1: Dungeonland and EX2: Land Beyond the Magic Mirror I think are […]

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Take Ten: Appraise

From David Newland & Johnn Four Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #0287 Take Ten: Appraise A character with skills is a character with options. Often overlooked and underused, skills can change the game with a single die roll. Skills add meat to the ability score bones of a character, developing their persona and creating heroes that are […]

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Ignorance And Fear

From Andre LeJeune Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #0285 Ignorance And Fear When we feel safe we are in our comfort zone. Players seated at a gaming table have no reason to _not_ feel safe. At a typical game session, we have food, shelter, and friends all together. There is no hint of physical danger. Why should […]

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A Guide to Session Notes

From Scot Newbury Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #0266 A Guide to Session Notes Running an effective and enjoyable campaign requires a lot of organization. Many GMs have volumes of information about the campaign they’re running–maps, NPCs, histories, cultures, the list goes on. Unfortunately, all that information can be unwieldy when running a session, or even worse, […]

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Tips From Da Pit Fiend

From Da Pit Fiend Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #0262 A Brief Word From Johnn GM Encyclopedia 2004 Updates Finished This weekend, I uploaded the complete 2004 updates to the GM Encyclopedia. The updated Encyclopedia now includes Issues #1 to #250. I have also e-mailed everyone who purchased an Encyclopedia in 2004 and 2005 and sent a […]

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Epic Weekend Convention Gaming: A Tale From The Trenches

From Nik Palmer Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #0263 A Brief Word From Johnn Player Contact Info Form In a recent issue we chatted about tracking player contact info to help make session organization fast and efficient. Here’s another useable example created by Loz Newman for your GMing pleasure: Player Contact Info Form (MS Excel)  D&D 3.5 […]

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4 Reader Tips

Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #0248 A Brief Word From Johnn Tips Request: Player Tips Last issue I posted a topic ideas request for Issue #250. Thanks to everyone who replied! I haven’t decided yet what the issue will be about, but Cris Jolliff sent in this idea that I’d like your help with for an upcoming […]

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