Posts in: DMing



by Jacob

It’s the Little Things That Count: Living People

Do you want your world to seem more real? Maybe you should try making the people be like real people. How?  Make them unpredictable. Where Are They? This is an easier one when it comes to characters returning to see people several times.  Every once in a while, make it so the NPC they’re looking…

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by Delos

Playing via Post

Just to get this out of the way, I think play by post is a great medium for playing RPGs. You can do it while having a full work day, and you can play with people who live nowhere near you. I’d highly recommend it, but it is not for everyone. I’ll explain more below….

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by Delos

Railroads or Sandboxes

It’s a debate that has raged on for centuries…well for a few years, which is better, sandbox games or railroad. Railroads have a stigma for being the worst type of way to run a RPG. It makes your player’s decisions meaningless, and usually the PCs just go from one stop to the other on the…

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by Jacob

Player Control of the World in Fate

Recap On monday, I talked about what Dungeon World does that gives players control over the world more than just during character and world creation. We talked about how some moves asked the GM questions that could aid the players and characters, and then how those questions could be bounced back at the players, especially…

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by Delos

Steal This: Ozymandias

Today’s Steal This is both a character and an event. The Ozymandias I’m referring to is the one from the comic book The Watchmen. An excellent read and other than a couple of changes the movie was really close. Ozy is a super genius and super rich. He’s kind of like Iron Man, Reed Richards,…

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by Delos

Steal This Event: Crashed Ship

Here is a fun event to add to your game. This can be added to a space travel, fantasy, or historic game. The only requirement for this event to work is there needs to be something explosive on the ship somewhere, or at least highly flammable. It Starts With a Horrible Sound The event starts…

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by Delos

They’re Not Just Canon Fodder

I’ve been playing Dungeon World for a few months now, and one of the guidelines a GM is suppose to follow is name every NPC. Now I’m not good at coming up with names on the fly, so I always keep a premade list of names I can pull on whenever I need to make…

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by Delos

Breaking Campaign Settings

Something I have problems with from time to time is using premade settings. Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms, Eberron, and Dark Sun are classic D&D settings that many know. I have no problem letting the players play in the setting. I have no problems letting them make a bit of a mess, but I do have a…

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by Delos

Steal This Villain: Hollowtooth

This weeks “Steal This” gives you a new bad guy to throw at your players. Introducing Hollowtooth the vampire orc pirate captain king chieftain. Not only is Hollowtooth all that, but he also captains a ship that can use oars, sails, or his pet dragon Frostfang. The Ship Hollowtooth captains the war ship “Ice Breaka”….

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by Jacob

It’s the Little Things That Count: Memorials

Another New Series This article marks the first of (hopefully) many articles in a new series called It’s the Little Things That Count. To read more about what this series is all about, check out the series’ hub to learn more about it. Memorials This week’s tasty morsel to add to your settings is a…

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