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July 5, 2012
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Pet & Peer NPCs    Articles  (Campaign)   (Game Mastering)

Sometimes playing a major NPC that’s part of the party can be tough. After all, it’s hard not to have the NPC come up with a winning strategy, spot a piece of evidence or find a trap the PCs overlooked. However, if one does this too much, the NPC becomes the crutch the group leans on as soon a problem presents itself.

When done too little, the NPC is usually treated as a useless addition outside of menial labor and an extra weapon in combat. Here are a few techniques to keep them fun and useful , and become a party member the GM and players will like having around.

July 4, 2012
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The Darkest of Winters: Session #4    Articles  (Campaign)   (Gaming - In General)


"Don’t think for a minute just because you’re “go’in commando” it’s going to improve your gun skills or our chances of gettin out of this alive.” -Jessy Hannaford, commenting on Heather’s lack of undergarments.

“Cheap talk from the guy wearing *my* panties on his leg.” -Heather Wilks, pointing to her makeshift bandage adorning Jessy’s leg wound.

July 4, 2012
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The Darkest of Winters: Session #3    Articles  (Campaign)   (Gaming - In General)

“On second thought I might just get ‘mself a preachers collar and a rabbi cap, jus in case.” -Jessy Hannaford discussing the “spray and pray” method of full auto fire with Riley.

“You’d better bring a bible for your last rites as well, and shovel, ’cause if your “friendly fire” comes within spitting distance of me or my pups again, I’ll bury your grizzled, dehydrated, jerky lov’n ass on boot hill!” -Heather Wilks, still fumed about Jessy’s last full auto experience almost killing her.

“I see why they call her a hound master now, that gals one right bitch most’a the time.”-Jessy Hannaford’s quiet observation spoken to Riley.


July 4, 2012
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The Darkest of Winters: Session #2    Articles  (Campaign)   (Gaming - In General)

“Whooeee Uncle! you smell like the inside of a cows butt hole!” -Tommy Booths, commenting on his uncles new “cologne.”
“So does his breath.” -Renee Black, quietly stating the obvious.

Session #1 may be found Here.

July 4, 2012
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The Darkest of Winters: Intro and Prologue    Articles  (Campaign)   (Gaming - In General)

“A road trip? In this mess that used to be America? Yer outta your minds, I’d rather sleep with a rabid porcupine!” -Phil McGuire Ranch Hand on the Happy Trails Horse Ranch when asked about coming with the group to find a safer haven up north.

A Dead Reign zombie apocalypse campaign synopsis, Session #1 of 32.

July 4, 2012
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Running a Zombie Apocalypse    Articles  (Campaign)   (Game Mastering)

A few quick and techniques any GM can use to make a zombie apocalypse campaign a success without becoming to stressful or repetitive for to run over the long term:

June 25, 2012
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Applying the Hollywood Formula    Articles  (Campaign)   (Game Mastering)

Learn how to apply one of screenwriting's most effective tools to your own campaign, for a game with better pacing and solid endings.

May 17, 2012
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CRTF: Session 6    Articles  (Campaign)   (Game Mastering)

And the walls came tumbling down...

May 15, 2012
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CRTF: Session 5    Articles  (Campaign)   (Game Mastering)

Letting one of my players encounter a Raccoon might have been a bad idea... (now with PC summaries written by their respective players.... if everyone does it)

May 8, 2012
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CRTF: Session 4    Articles  (Campaign)   (Game Mastering)

Get ready, a great deal happened.

May 2, 2012
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CRTF: Session 3    Articles  (Campaign)   (Game Mastering)

Interrogating the suspects doesn't go as planned.


April 24, 2012
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CRTF: Session 2    Articles  (Campaign)   (Game Mastering)

My commentary and thoughts on the session we played tonight.

April 22, 2012
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CRTF: Session 1    Articles  (Campaign)   (Game Mastering)

My commentary and thoughts on the campaign I started tonight.

August 1, 2011
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The Ten-Second Story    Articles  (Campaign)   (Game Mastering)

Giving NPCs memories can go a long way to making a more realistic and enjoyable game world. 

This is not a submission about creating NPCs, this is about presenting them. Not everyone walks around with a different accent, strange tic, or catchphrase, our memories are what make us different.

July 10, 2011
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Organizing Your Campaign On the Computer    Articles  (Campaign)   (Game Mastering)

After a little urgin gfrom Valadarr I've put togther a short article detailing how to organize your campaign on a compuiter to make finding notes and key images a breeze to show the players or print for handouts as desired.

April 16, 2011
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Campaign Level Thinking    Articles  (Campaign)   (Game Mastering)

The question was asked about how you run a high level campaign. While this is a simple question it is not very simple to answer. Anyone who is an experienced DM will tell you that, especially for a beginner. In order to answer this I began thinking backwards.

December 14, 2008
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30 Beers    Articles  (Campaign)   (Gaming - In General)

Food of the gods.

July 29, 2008
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Tongue-Binding Arts    Articles  (Campaign)   (Gaming - In General)

A rare and localized school of contagion magic. An offshoot of Entwining.

April 27, 2008
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30+ Burial Customs    Articles  (Campaign)   (Game Mastering)

30+ Burial Customs for building cultures

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March 11, 2008
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Cult Generation    Articles  (Campaign)   (Game Mastering)

Twenty questions to help create a cult.

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The PC's enter a town amid a giant celebration, the Spring Wedding Festival. Unmarried men and women from all over the provinces gather her every spring to be matched by the most sacred matchmaker ever to live, Holly Lovard. Holly is now ancient and must be carried everywhere she visits and rumors are that this will be her last visit to the Wedding Festival so any matches made this spring will be doubley blessed.
Enter PC's, wrong place at the wrong time. Molly sees one of them, calls him/her out of the crowd and that are unable to resist the push and pull of the mob. Brought in front of Molly Lovard, the PC is declared the lifemate of .
Could be the king's daughter, a peasant, member of the thieves guild. Could be anything to add a twist to an already building plot, or just throw the characters into an awkward situation.

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