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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It’s a humbling experience when I start raving about something only to change my tune before it’s over. It’s the same feeling I suspect new parents have after two months of insufficient sleep from a crying newborn. Understandably, you might think that you know what I’m going to say about Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning and stop reading now, but don’t. It’s not because I get paid when you click to read the full review (because I don’t get paid anything for this), but because there was so much the game did right. Despite my wavering feelings for it after twenty-some hours, you may find it to your liking. Continue reading
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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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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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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