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#DnDcember 3: Favorite NPC

First, you hear him. The clanging of thick metal armor shifts with each forceful step. The only sound louder than his steps is the “breathing.” Rhythmic and horrid, it’s a noise like strips of moist jerky rattling within a throat. Continue reading

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Steal My Idea: GM Resources

 

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As a game master, a lot of weight rests on your shoulders. You need to preplan some stories and events to give life and motivation to the world. That world needs to feel larger than the players but also needs to feel accessible. You have to have interesting and fun events happen, both expected and unexpected. You have to be able to improvise or completely alter your plans if the players do something fair but unpredictable. But if you have too little planned or have no story with your events, everything can lose its gravity and feel unfulfilling. Plus you have to come up with names for NPCs, taverns, towns, guilds, groups, religions and maybe even monsters and deities.

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Steal My Idea: The Final Exam at Warthogs: University of Arkansas Wizard Program

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I was surprised by how incredibly well this wizard school one-shot worked, I had to share it. You can manipulate the setup to work for any game you have with magic. It can easily be a trial in a dungeon or a competition among different parties. Any way you serve it, I hope you have as much fun with it as we did.

If you want this one-shot in PDF format with pictures and a bit of a background on Warthogs, a fellow Reddit user (u/Vikeen) made one for you to enjoy. He wrote the flavor text and chose the images. HERE it is. He made it using rpgauthor.com. Rpgauthor.com is a sweet resource that I just found out about, and I will probably do a full post about it after I dive into it. For now, back to Warthogs.

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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: 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: 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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