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Jul
24

Make Your Next Celebratory Pub Crawl a Dungeon Crawl Instead

Make Your Next Celebratory Pub Crawl a Dungeon Crawl Instead Frustrated by society’s unspoken rules that your pre-wedding festivities have to be with members of the same gender (all-women’s bridal showers, ladies-only bachelorette parties, etc.), I decided to buck tradition and invited over my best guy friends to help me party in style: adventuring party–style. Some of my most memorable moments have been spent around the gaming table, whether they be reveling in a triumphant roll or despairing at my disastrous dice luck. As my schedule became increasingly hectic with wedding planning and adulting and the like, all I wanted was...
Oct
31

Use a Player Survey to Gauge RPG Players’ Preferences

Use a Player Survey to Gauge RPG Players’ Preferences I’ve talked before about how I believe the main job of the GM—besides having fun, of course—is to elicit or evoke emotion (e.g. fun) in the players. Before we talk about techniques to elicit those emotions in the pursuit of fun, however, you’ll want to use a player survey or otherwise determine what kind of players are in your group and the kinds of things they find fun in tabletop roleplaying games. That way, you can focus your efforts on cultivating certain roleplaying games elements and techniques, saving you time while maximizing the return at your...
Jan
12

Day 24: Canon vs AU vs Homebrew Settings in RPGs

Day 24: Canon vs AU vs Homebrew Settings in RPGs At this point in my GMing career, I’m convinced that basing your role-playing game campaign in a pre-existing setting is just as hard as creating your own from scratch. (Unless, of course, you’ve already taken it upon yourself to become an expert on the topic, but even then there are bits of trivia to remember, opinions to consider, sources to reconcile, etc.) Running games in an established setting is a shortcut for finding players, but you’ve still got to do your research, be respectful of the correct timeline, and play by the rules. As cool as...
Jun
19

Free RPG Day 2012

Free RPG Day 2012 Today being my first day off since Saturday, I can finally talk about what was my second RPG day ever personally, and my first RPG day at Dragon’s Den in Poughkeepsie. My friends had talked it up for weeks. You roll a giant inflated d20 and win prizes at the door. There’s hot sales going on all day. And they run the games for you all day long so you can try out the games and meet new gamers and have a good time. I was kinda impressed, since my last experience at the Bookery was akin to a hit-and-run: grab two-to-three modules you like, maybe buy something...
Jul
6

Marrakeshi Adversries: The Red Lady & her Wildfire Maidens

Marrakeshi Adversries: The Red Lady & her Wildfire Maidens Bells and drums and the roar of fire in your ears as the flame-haired dancer leaps back. The guards press forward with muskets in their hands that make them invincible. They do not understand, and soon surround her at gunpoint, waiting for the command to fire. She spins, her hair billowing scarlet, her chiffon skirts glimmering with heat and she brings her hands to her chest in time with the silent music’s breve. The wind rushes in to feed the explosion as everything goes red. You shield yours eyes against the flare. When you can look again, the men are...

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