Steal My Idea: Swamp of Amalgamation [Encounter]

 

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The party crosses a swamp deep in the woods. A collection of two types of carnivores and three types of herbivores drink from the swamp and wander around without fearing or eyeing one another. The creatures can be anything that fit the setting and challenge rating of the players. I’m going to use dinosaurs as my example creatures. Continue reading

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Steal My Idea: How Do You Keep from Railroading Players?

 

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This is as much one method I use to keep from railroading players for others to use as it is an invitation for you to share your favorite methods with me and others. Finding the balance between planning an adventure and letting the players influence or change the outcome is a difficult task for any GM. While there are many ways to do it, here’s one I’ve used that works well.

 

Have a specific goal but get there in broad strokes. Continue reading

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I’m a Bad Nerd Because I Think Silent Hill 4: The Room Is One of the Best Horror Games Ever Made

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[Note that this hangs in my house. I might be a bit of a fan.]

I’m a bad nerd because I think Silent Hill: The Room is one of the best horror video games ever made.

(Insert chorus of angry boos here) Continue reading

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Steal My Idea: Having “That Moment”

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One of the most enjoyable times in an RPG is when the group has “that moment.” That moment when all of the characters work together and accomplish something incredible that none of them could have done on their own. The event could be anything from taking down a tough boss to orchestrating and pulling off a heist. I’m sure many of you agree when I say I want those moments because they show how we at the table are working as an empathetic and reactive unit rather than five or so people with different agendas.

While I find it impossible to manufacture those moments, I have found three things that help nurture the environment that helps to create those moments. Continue reading

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Steal My Idea: Learn from My Failure

Giving up is easy. Staying with it is worth it.

We’ve all had those moments in RPGs where it didn’t go how we thought/hoped/planned/prayed it would go. You took time crafting a twist that no one cared about. Players derailed your campaign. The GM railroaded the campaign. The new group didn’t gel. The list goes on. If we all gave up when we failed, none of us would still be playing. Here are some tips I’ve learned from my own failures. Continue reading

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Steal My Idea: Witch-Knight Vincal’s Armor: Soul Spinner

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Witch-Knight Vincal’s Magic Seeking Halberd: Slayer of the Wise

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The Helmet of the Witch-Knight Vincal

While Vincal used most of her magic offensively, she had a few tricks when it came to defense. The intricate, overlapping plates of her armor looked strong and sturdy, convincing most observers that harming her with a strike would be a difficult task. The key to her armor, however, was not its thickness or masterfully crafted design; it was how it manipulated her spells to keep her alive. Each plate is enchanted to tune them to the soul of the user. Continue reading

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Steal My Idea: Witch-Knight Vincal’s Magic Seeking Halberd: Slayer of the Wise

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Witch-Knight Vincal’s Magic Seeking Halberd: Slayer of the Wise

Related Items:

Witch-Knight Vincal’s Armor: Soul Spinner

Witch-Knight Vincal’s Locking Gauntlets

The Helmet of the Witch-Knight Vincal

 

Spells leave a mark on the objects they enchant and the people they inhabit. With certain spells, mages can even see the magical auras of spells as they affect both people and objects. Vincal didn’t simply want to see magic, she wanted to target it. Thus, she enchanted her halberd with a unique ability: honing in on magical auras. Continue reading

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