Category: Player Perspective

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First Time Larp

As a long time table top gamer, I’ve played a pretty wide gamut of games. I spent years in crunchy Pathfinder and 3rd edition D&D before my tastes in gaming changed and sent me on the hunt for games that give me the feels. My fun has shifted away from the joy of mechanical mastery to the...

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Playing Non-Verbal Characters

Image taken by Mike Sinko and used via Creative Commons Attribution license. I recently had the pleasure of playing Bad Horse at the gaming table. Yes, that Bad Horse. Leader of the Evil League of Evil. The Thoroughbred of Sin. Occasional Neigh Sayer. Actual horse. With some handy dandy Monty...

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The Player’s Take

You’re new to Dungeons and Dragons, and like me, watch a lot of Critical Role (and other streaming roleplaying games) on Twitch and YouTube. The story is compelling. The comradery at the table is obvious and comforting. This is something you want to experience. You asked around and finally...

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Save the Applause

  Do you wish that your players got more into character when they play? Do you have a problem player in your group that you just can’t quite get through to? Do you want to praise someone at your table but just don’t know the right time to do so?   I have a very easy solution...

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Playing Prequels

The ship is facing off against an entire House’s army. The gate to the unknown is behind them, but no one has ever come back. With her standard confidence, the pirate queen takes her lover’s hand, smiles at him, and says “We will come back. We will be the first.” A crack...

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PC Backgrounds, Part 3

What’s a PC background? What is its purpose? How long should it be? For answers to these great questions, head on over to part 1 of this series. You can also find the second part where I do a deep dive into what goes into a backstory. Fears Everyone fears something. It’s part of being...

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PC Backgrounds, Part 2

What’s a PC background? What is its purpose? How long should it be? For answers to these great questions, head on over to part 1 of this series. As I hinted at in part 1, there are different approaches at generating backgrounds. I’m going to delve into those approaches in part 2 (this...

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PC Backgrounds, Part 1

If you rewind the wayback machine to the 70s and 80s era of published RPG material, you’d be hard pressed to find any reference to character backgrounds, historical concepts related to specific characters, or much beyond a table to roll on for “secondary skills” the character...

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