Monthly Archives: March 2010

Psionic Nazi Slaver Dwarves!! (Yes, Really!) PART 1

[WARNING: Mildly strong language ahead. If it offends you, don’t keep reading. You have been warned.] I love dwarves. On the rare occasions I get to be a player, I’ll choose human 90% of the time, but when I get … Continue reading

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Action Points as Roleplaying XP Rewards

I have an issue with awarding Experience Points as reward for good roleplaying. I admit it. I’m not bashful about it. I do have my reasons, though. I’ve done it before. I ran a long (5 years and then some … Continue reading

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Companion Characters to the Rescue!!

Even the newest GM has had it happen. It’s easily one of the most frustrating events to deal with when organizing and running a game. You’re at the location your game is held at, getting set up for the first … Continue reading

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Core Tropes For Your Setting

In my previous post, I identified tvtropes.org as a great resource for putting the setting information for your game in easy-to-understand pieces that your players will automatically have reference to. In this post I’m taking that a step farther; or … Continue reading

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Trope-ify Your Setting

The human brain works on patterns. The squishy stuff between our ears is, basically, a collection of electronic connections; as we grow and learn, the brain forms networks that allow the electronic impulses move faster. This is why cliches, stereotypes … Continue reading

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Making Minions Matter More

This is the guest post I wrote for Dungeonmastering.com. Players are clever. They scheme, plan, plot and connive their way into and out of the most difficult situations we as the DM can create. This is especially true if you … Continue reading

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RPG Blog Carnival: How To Be A Better GM

Well, I’m a little behind the power curve for the March RPG Blog Carnival [1], but considering it’s the first week ever for this blog, I’m going to cut myself a bit of slack and just go ahead with the … Continue reading

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