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From: Johnn Four Last week I shared something I had written in my GMing notes in 1999 => my RPG Story Goals. These are things I figured were essential to a great game experience, all centred around GMing a great story. In RPT#614 I listed the first three goals, and in this edition I’ll share […]

The post My 9 RPG Story Goals Part 2 — RPT#615 appeared first on Roleplaying Tips.

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From: Gem Cutter Roberts 1. The Dead Tide From: Nathan Meyer Three centuries ago, the armies of the Ghoul King of Togora were defeated, shattered by the voice of Andowin, the greatest bard known since the golden age of the Imperium. Now the vampire lord Xillibas Durn has arisen and assembles the dead for war. […]

The post 10 Wildly Creative Adventure & Campaign Seeds — RPT#616 appeared first on Roleplaying Tips.

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From: Rickard Elimää The following article is based on a discussion I had with Rickard Elimää, where I asked him the following question: RPGs are interactive, so we can’t get the finely groomed and polished story of a book or movie. So I guess my larger question is, what methods can a GM use to […]

The post GM Toolbox: Cementing, Shifting, Delegation — RPT#628 appeared first on Roleplaying Tips.

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A little while ago I shared ideas on http://www.roleplayingtips.com/rpt626-making-undead-cool/ how I’ll make undead fun again in my new campaign. After years of GMing skeletons and zombies, I want to shake things up. In response, several readers wrote in with great suggestions on the three themes I presented: Mission Culture Mechanics Here are their ideas – […]

The post Readers Respond => How to Make Undead Scary — RPT#629 appeared first on Roleplaying Tips.

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Long ago I put a Tips Request out for the various initiative systems and hacks you use. There was a tremendous response – thanks to everyone who wrote in! Here are the compiled entries. I tried to edit to reduce as much repetition as possible, but sometimes it’s good to hear the same approach in […]

The post How to Take Care Of Initiative — RPT#630 appeared first on Roleplaying Tips.

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How to Escape Your Skull From: Johnn Four Everybody gets trapped in their own skull. We dream, and think, and dream some more. We develop something to the point we’re ready to game it, and realize there’s other people on the planet who might not like the same things we do. Our players, for instance. […]

The post Pre-Campaign Checklist + d100 Jungle Encounters — RPT#633 appeared first on Roleplaying Tips.

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From: Johnn Four In my Riddleport campaign, the PCs owned an inn. It was their home base – a place to rest, meet, and plan. It also generated the party some extra gold pieces each month. I’ve GM’d character-run businesses before, but this was the first time the whole party got involved. And it was […]

The post Adventures In Business – How To GM PC Entrepreneurs — RPT#634 appeared first on Roleplaying Tips.

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From: Timothy Collinson Traveller wasn’t quite the first science fiction role-playing game, that honour went to Metamorphosis Alpha, but it can easily be regarded as the granddaddy of them all with several editions, a vast setting and material published for it in every year since it first appeared in 1977. Still going strong after nearly […]

The post 10 Traveller RPG Tips For Newbie GMs — RPT#635 appeared first on Roleplaying Tips.

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From: Istrian General Tips 5W1H A mystery can usually be narrowed down to the 5Ws and one 1H: Who, Where, When, Why, What, How. A mystery can also have multiple instances of one of these. For example, Where could lead to multiple locations, each being related to the mystery in a limited way. At the […]

The post How To GM Mysteries — RPT#637 appeared first on Roleplaying Tips.

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Tactical Mapping – Mondo Map Tips For Awesome Action Scenes From: Johnn Four Roleplaying Tips Patrons voted this as one of the top topics to delve into for December. A peeve I have with many published adventures is bland action scene maps. I was just looking at a module last night, in fact, and was […]

The post Drawing Battle Maps – 9 Tips For Awesome Action Scenes — RPT#636 appeared first on Roleplaying Tips.

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