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by Delos

Spoilers!

So last week I tried something new. Before we began I told the group the plot. Not just a little here or there. All of it. I sat them down and told them exactly what was going to happen, in what order, and who is doing what. Then the darnedest thing happened. They started adding…

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Event Leveling vs Instant Leveling

Currently I’m running/playing in three different systems, Dungeon World, Apocalypse World, and 13th Age. For AW and DW we’re doing instant leveling. If you get enough XP to let you level up, you gain your new abilities right then and there. 13th Age is event based. We’re doing a 10 level, 10 session game so…

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Damage Is More Than A Number

It wasn’t until Dungeon World that I finally started noticing this. I played D&D almost exclusively for almost a decade and normally when you take a hit, you lose X number of HP and when you hit 0 you finally fall down. Some monsters were able to put conditions on you, like confusion or ongoing…

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Side Quests

If your group is anything like mine (post college and married) you don’t get a lot of time each week to play. My group tries to stay very focused on the main story and the very idea of side quests are left out. We have a hard enough time dealing with finishing off the BBEG,…

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PC Immortality

I have a bad habit. Real bad. I’ve had it since I started playing RPGs and I probably won’t break of it any time soon. Don’t tell my players. My secret is I don’t kill PCs if I can help it. Maybe it’s because I had a beloved character of my own that died to bad…

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PC Murder

It’s been a while since it has come up in one of my D&D games but there were a few times when one of my players had enough and decided to kill another player. Well his character at any rate. A while back I picked up this silly/epic game about god killers called Mythender. There…

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Failing Forward

Last time I wrote about what happens when a character almost makes a roll, a success with complications. Now I’d like to talk about when a character completely botches it. The example I used last time was a thief trying to sneak into an orc stronghold. Now regardless of system there is always the chance…

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Success With Complications

Dungeon World (DW) really got the idea of success with complications through my head. For those of you who haven’t played DW before the basic mechanic is you roll 2d6+modifier. A 6 or less is a miss/fail. A 10+ is a success. A 7-9 is a success with complications. This is where things can get…

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Another Supers One Shot Idea

This one came to me when I was playing with my kids. My two mobile sons are 4 and 2 years old. We were chasing a ball around and chasing each other. I would go as a pace that would allow them to get to the ball or me, and sometimes I would stay just…

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Enviromental Damage

Something I noticed whilst playing a video game was the amount of crap I was breaking. Every time I swung my sword it seemed like I was breaking some part of the environment. Tables, chairs, bottles, pots, walls, and columns were no match for me. Then I realized that I don’t do this much at…

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