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Chaosmark's comment on 2007-02-03 07:07 PM
Ooo! This looks to be quite interesting...Roack! Live again and post! Go to Comment
Making a Magic System - a psuedo FAQ
Articles  (Resource)   (Game Mastering)
Chaosmark's comment on 2008-05-05 11:52 PM
C'mon! We're predominantly fantasy gamers here. Why the heck aren't there more comments and tidbits of advice clamoring for inclusion? Make this a scroll, and start adding entries.

As is, a fairly useful article. It might be nice to have it fleshed out a bit more though. Go to Comment
Focus Based Magic System
Systems  (Mystical)   (General)
Chaosmark's comment on 2007-08-26 07:55 AM
Interesting. This very much reminds me of the Dresden Files system of magic. (Shoutout: the DF roleplaying game is nearing completion) For those who are unfamiliar with the books, the main character is a wizard, and the way magic works is by force of will. However, if you have a large chunk of power, but little control, you need a focus to work your magic through. The focus 'focuses' your raw power into something usable. All in all, an interesting system that keeps you from needing to learn 500,000 different spells and modifiers for those spells. Go to Comment
SkyReach
Locations  (Neighborhoods)   (Any)
Chaosmark's comment on 2007-07-15 11:52 PM
The Omen Plague
Systems  (Ecological)   (Specific)
Chaosmark's comment on 2008-10-19 09:09 PM
The creepy factor of this piece is off the charts. My skin is still trying to crawl away. Go to Comment
Plagues and Great Disease
Systems  (Ecological)   (General)
Chaosmark's comment on 2008-10-19 08:37 PM
This can lead to issues of race-origin in some worlds, if the GM wishes to take it that route. Go to Comment
Plagues and Great Disease
Systems  (Ecological)   (General)
Chaosmark's comment on 2008-10-19 09:04 PM
Viral involuntary dark magic. Nifty concept.

I can see this happening to "unbelievers" or those who give lip-service to a deity, the deity in question (assuming one that can be generally classified as 'good') protecting the true worshipers and letting the others rot, perhaps as a subtle prod into actual belief.

I can also see it having different "strains," i.e. different sets of dark runes based on what 'infection' you originally got, each of which has a different end result. "Oh, that one isn't one to worry about. He just gives everyone around him the willies. We need to kill that guy though, his runes raise the dead!" A particularly crafty dark wizard might try something like this, perhaps with the undead outlook, or even just a generic buildup of dark energy within his kingdom, to make his dark arts easier to practice. Go to Comment
Scene Journals
Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Gaming - In General)
Chaosmark's comment on 2006-11-18 07:04 PM
I remember this from the forums. GOOD post, can't believe I haven't voted on it yet. Go to Comment
Not Just Rolling Dice: A Fight Scene
Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Gaming - In General)
Chaosmark's comment on 2007-06-22 01:20 AM
While a character specific riff scroll would indeed most likely fail, what about that generic slush pile of riffs you suggested? Surely GMs could use THAT, and then players could also use it as a step-stone for their own riffs. Go to Comment
Not Just Rolling Dice: A Fight Scene
Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Gaming - In General)
Chaosmark's comment on 2008-12-11 10:32 PM
Bumpage! (strangely, I haven't voted on this yet)

This is Required Reading for Beginning Roleplayers. Read, learn, apply. Go to Comment
Not Just Rolling Dice: A Fight Scene
Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Gaming - In General)
Chaosmark's comment on 2013-07-28 04:06 PM
Ker-bump! An excellent article for everyone, GMs and players alike! Go to Comment
Roll Playing Fixes
Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Game Mastering)
Chaosmark's comment on 2006-08-06 09:13 PM
I'm appreciating your articles more and more MH. I guess 30+ years of experience really pays off. Go to Comment
Memories of the Asdarien
Plots  (Travel)   (Single-Storyline)
Chaosmark's comment on 2005-11-25 11:38 AM
Jeesh. Now I realize just how in-depth you go with your plots AG. Great job with this one, I most definitely want to hear about how it went. Go to Comment
Memories of the Asdarien
Plots  (Travel)   (Single-Storyline)
Chaosmark's comment on 2008-10-20 12:06 PM
Bump for a classic plot. Go to Comment
The Crawl, Doing It the Cinematic Way
Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Game Mastering)
Chaosmark's comment on 2007-06-22 01:27 AM
Nifty. A good way of doing things for writers as well. Go to Comment
The Crawl, Doing It the Cinematic Way
Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Game Mastering)
Chaosmark's comment on 2008-02-23 01:39 PM
Ran an adventure just last night that (unconsciously) used this post. The players were in a sewer, chasing a thief, but I didn't have it mapped out at all, so I just improvised the important stuff and skimmed over the in-between. It worked great! Try it next time you absolutely HAVE to do some sort of 'crawl' like this. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. Go to Comment
The Crawl, Doing It the Cinematic Way
Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Game Mastering)
Chaosmark's comment on 2011-12-27 12:24 AM


I keep coming back to this article as a solid way to organize and run plots of all kinds, not just dungeon crawls. You want to map out the important plot points, and then connect them with in-between material. This keeps things fast paced and engaging for the players.


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The Crawl, Doing It the Cinematic Way
Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Game Mastering)
Chaosmark's comment on 2013-04-12 03:18 PM
Bump for a useful article. Go to Comment
Systems of Measurement
Articles  (Resource)   (Game Mastering)
Chaosmark's comment on 2008-03-18 02:13 PM
Same thing as Ria. I measure major distances by time traveled, not by actual units of distance. After all, that's honestly what matters to me when making a trip: how long will it take? I'm quite sure it'll be the same way in most fantasy realms. Go to Comment
The Subeya
Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Non-Magical)
Chaosmark's comment on 2005-11-24 11:35 AM
Wow...Nicely detailed item! We get to hear of lots of holy books, yet rarely are any of them fleshed out. Good job. Go to Comment
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