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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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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
[Bobbit worm (enice apohroditois) photo from Wikipedia.org]
For a D&D 5e game I just started playing, I wanted to roll a cleric. The twist was I wanted my cleric to be a devout cultist who had insane ideas about the world but wasn’t trying to bring about an age of darkness or release Cthulhu upon the world. I wanted to make a fun cult that had crazy ideas but that a player could still follow with a (mostly) good character.
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Undead creatures are some of my favorite. In Pathfinder and 3.x D&D, the downside is that undead tend to only have a few secondary effects, such as paralysis, energy drain (ability score damage), disease, and fear. Continue reading
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Raising tension in an RPG is a unique and often difficult task. Pacing can make or break tension and the cycle of tension and release (Here’s a video explaining the cycle of tension and release if you are unfamiliar with it). Keeping players and yourself riding that wave can be difficult, but it is also rewarding when you pull it off. Here are some tips I’ve discovered and used over the years to help raise tension when you want to.