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Steal My Idea: Adaptability and Dropkicking Someone Off a Horse

 

Last week, we started discussing the importance of not erecting a wall between combat and non-combat actions as well as making non-combat actions have an impact during combat. This week, more things you as a GM (and as a player) can do to be effective in combat instead of attacking.

 

 

Generating options as both the player and GM…

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Steal My Idea: Non-Combat Actions during Combat

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I LOVE noncombat-focused characters, both as a player and as a GM. As a player, I enjoy out of the box thinking while working with the group to find something other than attacking to advance, even during combat. However, it can be difficult playing a character- or having a player play a character – that usually doesn’t fight during combat. Most RPG systems have a soft wall between combat and everything else. They usually don’t offer many mechanical alternatives to players who don’t want to hack or slash. Fortunately, even if the system you’re using isn’t conducive to combat creativity or non-combat actions during that phase, there are several things the GM and a non-fighting player can do during combat.

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Steal My Idea: Roleplaying and Character Connections

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I’ve offered ways to encourage roleplaying before, but because it enhances a game so much, I want to expand on it even further. So here are some more ways to instigate character (and player) interaction and roleplaying. These strategies help cultivate an atmosphere that’s about the collective storytelling experience and character growth.

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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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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.

 

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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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