Steal My Idea: Unique, Mildly Impressive Starting Abilities/Equipment for RPG Campaigns

 

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I’ve been kicking around a campaign mechanic for a while, so I thought I’d document it and share it with you.

 

The idea is that each player character gets one useful item or ability that has a drawback or they can’t use it with too much frequency. Continue reading

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Tips For Lessening Anxiety When Gaming With Strangers: My Guest Post on AngstyNerd.com

Danielle at The Angsty Nerd writes about social anxiety, mental health, and nerd culture. I caught up with her a few weeks ago, and she gave me a platform to write a piece I’d been thinking about for some time.

Critical Success: Tips For Lessening Anxiety When Gaming With Strangers

Give it a read. My hope is that it will help some people with managing their social anxiety and enjoy themselves.

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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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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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