Category: GMing Advice

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Crunchy Mental Theater

In combat, when it comes to envisioning the locations of the various participants, there are two general options available: battle grid and theater of the mind. With battle grid, you typically have a battle mat with 1-inch squares forming a grid. The surface is either dry-erase or wet-erase, which...

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How to Do Bad Things and Get Away with It: Advice for the Contrary Game Master and Player

Put away the ski mask, you absolute sociopath. This is about doing bad things in gaming, and what you do on your own time is between you and your defense attorney. If you’ve been gaming for any amount of time, you’re familiar with most of the old adages about how to make a good game: “show, don’t...

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Heisting a Campaign

All GMs run dry on ideas. It happens to the best of us. What’s the next campaign? Dunno. What’s the next encounter or story arc? Dunno. Should I toss in a random encounter just for the fun of it? Dunno. In my world as a fiction writer, this is referred to as “writer’s...

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A Year Of Online Gaming

Just over a year ago, I played my last face-to-face game. Like most of us, I had no idea that was the case. It was just a normal session, with friends, at one of their houses, gathered around a table, doing a thing that I had been doing since I was ten. Then in a span of a few days, everything...

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The Power of Cliché: Why Being Original Isn’t as Important as Being Interesting

I’m currently running not one, but two experimental campaigns on weekends in Roll20; the experimental question is “how little worldbuilding can I get away with?” And the answer, it turns out, is very little. I started with this map from DeviantArt, made four gods, one quest-giver NPC, an evil...

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Bizarre Traditions

Different societies and cultures have wildly differing traditions. Some of them are fairly mundane when you look at them from inside the culture that follows a tradition, but if you take a step back – maybe several steps back – you’ll see things from a fresh perspective. This new...

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It Came From The Stew Pot

Hey you. Yeah, you. Do you know about Gnomecast 21? Why isn’t it in the archives? What are they hiding? If you value your safety… don’t go searching for Gnomecast 21…

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Account Cleanup

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