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Troy’s Crock Pot: Aches and Pains on the Day After

Did any characters almost die during the big boss fight? Anyone have to roll a death save for their character?  Maybe their hit points didn’t drop to zero. How about below half, even? Sure, the system is abstract, but surely a drop like that would take its toll.  How about that preliminary...

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Fire Giant + Lovecraftian Ghasts – Monster Combo

Welcome to Monster Combo, a series of articles in which we will create some backstory, encounters, variations, and a bit of lore for monsters from different games and genres. From Lovecraftian horror and medieval fantasy creatures to sci-fi cyborgs and weird entities. This series is to stay system...

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Turn your Infinite Bag into a Minigame

We all know those infinite bags that appear in numerous RPGs and videogames. You loot the Lovecraftian monster to find a weird weapon, you put it in your bag of holding, and there it stays until the end of the game or campaign. You as a DM give your players the ultimate wand with limited charges...

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Virtual Gaming: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

I took In-Person Gaming Conventions for granted.  There. I said it. We could really close the curtains here, but nahhh. Let’s dive into this Virtual Gaming thing. Gaming Conventions were not only a vacation for me, but a chance to debut new material, explore new games, meet new people, and connect...

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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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Playing Favorites

I originally discussed this topic in an older article on Rogue Princess Squadron but thought it might be worth discussing again. Let’s face it. Every GM has played favorites. Maybe it was a subconscious thing, maybe it was on purpose to please someone. Sometimes it’s awful and insidious and can...

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