Fascinating article, although I confess, most of the players I've had the pleasure of gming for have been quite the opposite of the hack'n slash bullies that resort to violence at every opportunity. They often attempted diplomacy in situations where violence would be a more logical recourse. (Such as when dealing with a group of starving goblins raiding a villages grain stores for survival) Although there was that one sick player that decided to rape and mutilate the towns vagrant children rather than give them a few coins to survive on...
For certain though exploring the early years of a characters (or npc's) history is a great opportunity for character development and to flesh out the reasons behind those personality quirks everyone takes for the fun of it.
It can also provide the gm with some interesting background material to work with. After all, what happened to that bully that repeatedly beat up the char when he was 7 and stole his toys? Did he grow up to become leader of a prominent bandit group? Or did he see the error of his ways and make amends as a cleric of light?)
A well thought out article that can take any game in new directions and flesh out the background of any pc or npc 5/5 Go to Comment
I too fail to see how this is related to gaming in anyway. If it was linked to an actual demon sub, or npc sub, or *something* concrete to link it to actual gaming related to the poem then it'd make sense.
Currently this poem could just as easily be about a nightmare, or a horror movie as about something gaming related. (It also feels rather repetitive but that could just be me.) Go to Comment
It's nice to see a magical creature that;s useful and not overly predatory/threatening. One of these could also make an interesting familiar for a water warlock or other npc mage of the sea. Go to Comment
It;s a more admittedly light hearted take on a college campus, and not meant to be hard cold and factual. The type of horror rpg this is meant for is more of the b-grade tongue in cheek horror/mystery opposed to the COTC insane mind ripping terror.
Interesting notes on the npc's names, I picked them at random and was surprised to learn Ian Miller had an art portfolio. Go to Comment
With regard to the plot "Sleeping Mines of Elathon":
You manage to get the water wheel in the mine working which operates a pump to clear the flooded lower levels. As you explore the dank tunnels of the lower galleries, you can hear the creaking of the wheel above. You enter a low-ceilinged passage and are crawling on your backs, when the creaking stops. The water starts seeping wetly around the back of your head...