Category: GMing Advice

Losing Focus

A few weeks ago, I tweeted this… Just curious… in this whatever part of the pandemic we are in, does anyone else have problems concentrating or being creative? I have trouble reading and can’t even bring myself to play Minecraft. All I can do is watch TV and TikTok. — Phil Vecchione...

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Losing Interest

I was forty-six sessions into my Forbidden Lands game when I lost interest. I am sure it wasn’t all at once and was more likely gradual, but around session 46 is when it reached critical mass. I just wasn’t feeling it like I did before. I have learned that this feeling, this lack of excitement for...

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Fascism: The Insidious Antagonist

If we’ve learned anything from Indiana Jones, it’s that nothing is more satisfying than watching a Nazi’s face melt. Whether they be Nazis, the Empire, Hydra, or Sauron, fascists are easy and popular villains to incorporate into a game. Alongside zombies, dragons, and Cthulhu, are there more...

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Using Monsters that Fit Your Theme

When you are planning an encounter for the game you are running, and you carefully select what monsters you want to include, what are you thinking about? Are you thinking about relative threat levels, fun special abilities to play with, or are you looking for something that makes the monster feel...

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Thou Shalt Not Fudge

  In the world of tabletop RPGs, few practices are as divisive as the fudging of dice rolls. Most people have strong opinions on the subject either way, and it’s often difficult to find a middle ground. This article attempts to take a balanced, neutral approach to fudging. While at times, it...

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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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