Category: General

Using Inspiration for “Prep Points”

Players never like to feel unprepared when it comes to situations in games. If there is a way to have an upper hand or even to “hovervan” past an encounter, the players will usually take that as a win in their book. That desire to be ahead of the game can often lead to massive slow...

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A Super Simple Take On The Silver Standard

I recently wrote up an article detailing the simpler setup I use for my FFXIV x DND game for currency. In that setup, I distill costs down to ranges for various categories of items and just figure out the appropriate cost within the range on the fly. Part of that concept is based on using the...

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Chasme + Water Elemental – Monster Combo

Content warning (CW): mosquitos 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...

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Scion Player’s Guide: Saints and Monsters Review

It’s time to rise above it all and take a look at the Scion Player’s Guide: Saints and Monsters. Scion 2nd Edition is Onyx Path’s game of modern urban fantasy, where players are the children of the gods, just waking up to their power and their place in the grand schemes of Fate. But what if you...

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Dice, Dice Baby: Polyhedral or Virtual?

I’m currently reading David M. Ewalt’s book Of Dice and Men with the large d20 featured on the cover and I keep looking at the dice. I remember purchasing new dice, a dice bag, and dice earrings when first visiting Gen Con back in 2010. I attribute my renewed love of gaming and dice to two people:...

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Decision Issues? Try Odds Or Evens

A very simple trick that I’ve used in many games and might have picked up from someone somewhere along the way is using the equivalent of a coin flip when I need to decide something quickly, or to see if I answer some player bid for advantage, or whether a guard can be persuaded. I’ve...

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RPG with Friends, Family, and Strangers

  Dr. Lisa Su states that “Gaming brings people together.” There are benefits and drawbacks of playing RPGs with people we know versus people we don’t. There are advantages and disadvantages to gaming with the people we are closest to, and the people we’ve never met. This article...

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Hunter the Reckoning Review

In the 90s, when the World of Darkness became the hottest thing in RPGs, I was on the outside looking in. My friends went off to college, and our gaming got more and more sporadic. That meant that I didn’t really want to spend time learning a new system and exploring what all of this was about. In...

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