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MoonHunter
December 8, 2005
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When Gamers go BAD! #2 Roleplayers    Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Game Mastering)

Every kind of gamer has the dark potential to disrupt the game if they take their natural interests to extremes. Roleplaying, taken to extremes, can destroy a campaign for a troupe just as easily as any power gamer, rules lawyer, or munchkin.

MoonHunter
December 8, 2005
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When Gamers go Bad! #1 Power Gamers    Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Game Mastering)

Every kind of gamer has the dark potential to disrupt the game if they take their natural interests to extremes. The most common and dreaded extreme is the Power Gamer.

MoonHunter
December 8, 2005
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Authentic LARP 2: Taverns and Brawls    Articles  (Other Gaming)   (Game Mastering)

A standard roleplaying environment: the tavern. This is another easy one to create in your own home, providing you have a large enough group of roleplaying friends. Let us assume your PC group is no larger than five, and that the rest of your friends can be NPCs. Let us also aim for an exceptionally seedy and unscrupulous city tavern.

ephemeralstability
December 8, 2005
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Authentic LARP 1: Cavern Systems    Articles  (Other Gaming)   (Game Mastering)

In a good LARP it is desirable to separate the players out individually at some stage, because they are more suggestible and afraid when they are alone. Some form of individual challenge is probably the best way of doing this. One possible setting for this is a cave system, and it is probably one of the easiest to recreate realistically, and one of the most perfect for playing on fears of claustrophobia and darkness.

ephemeralstability
December 8, 2005
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Music during a game    Articles  (At Table)   (Game Mastering)

Although it can be a distraction, it can also add atmosphere to an adventure to have music playing in the background. Here are some pieces I’d recommend for different situations.

EchoMirage
December 7, 2005
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Elemental Affinities    Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Game Mastering)

As a way of defining your character better

MoonHunter
December 2, 2005
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New Looks and Takes and Makovers    Articles  (Resource)   (Game Mastering)

Some times the same old thing, be it a species or class or type of magic, just does not have that old spark. That is what these threads are about. They are re-imagined versions of the classics. An attempt to make them interesting and useful again.

MoonHunter
November 30, 2005
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Making a Magic System - a psuedo FAQ    Articles  (Resource)   (Game Mastering)

Everyone wants to make a magic system for their game, be it THEIR GAME SYSTEM or another. So have fun and do it. Just a few things I want you to think of.

MoonHunter
November 27, 2005
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Hollywood's Musical Movie Magic    Articles  (At Table)   (Game Mastering)

Music and Gaming, two great things that actually do go together. And movies show us how.

MoonHunter
November 26, 2005
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Character Weaving    Articles  (Campaign)   (Game Mastering)

Do you understand Six Degrees of Seperation?

MoonHunter
November 26, 2005
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Mirror Characters    Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Game Mastering)

If you are a GM you will frequently find yourself in need of quality allies and enemies for your campaign and find yourself pressed for time.  Any old NPC will often not do.  You want someone with a full conceptions and some history.

MoonHunter
November 26, 2005
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'The Speed Limit is ' - about Magic Items    Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Game Mastering)

I have to admit I HATE the number of casual magic items that appear in the average fantasy game, D20 being the worst. The amount of magic is being reinforced by the rules and the treasure chart. They are just “power ups” of the video game nature. They don’t add anything to the game except requiring bigger and badder bad guys.

MoonHunter
November 26, 2005
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Madness or Why You Should Do All Of This    Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Game Mastering)

After reading a MoonHunter campaign write up, Captain Penguin Says, "THIS IS MADNESS! MADNESS!
So…..Comprehensive….Making…Penguin’s….brain…...dissolve..

MoonHunter
November 26, 2005
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Roll Playing Fixes    Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Game Mastering)

Say, MoonHunter, have any packs to give to a character to make them actually roleplay instead of just dictating their character’s actions? The majority of my players just do this.

ME:“You see a grizzled old knight with a scar over his face. He walks up to you and greets you with an ancient Cardomian salute, though he is unfamiliar to your eye.”
THEM:“I say “Hi.”
ME:“That’s it?”
THEM:“Yes. Now, I walk around him and open the door.”
ME:“But, but, he’s an important story character!”
THEM:“F**k the story! I want gold and XP, dammit!”
ME:“I hate you more than you’ll ever know.”

MoonHunter
November 26, 2005
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Running Tactical Scenes at Lightning Speeds with Many Players    Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Game Mastering)

Action sequences in movies are fast, furious, and over all to fast.  They are exciting moments that most gamers are looking forward to.  Yet combat in most games is slow, ponderous, and takes up much game time. Gamers tend to blame the game systems. It is not the System, it is the group.

MoonHunter
November 25, 2005
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Everything I Learned About Raising Children I Learned From Gaming    Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Game Mastering)

When my first born came into the world, my gaming life skidded to a halt. However, in a strange way, my gaming life continued.

MoonHunter
November 25, 2005
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The Crawl, Doing It the Cinematic Way    Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Game Mastering)

I am not a normal fantasy GM. If a player is delving through a dark tomb searching for loot in my campaign, he is probably on a fruitless quest. I dislike the dungeon crawl. I have since the earliest years of DnD. I mean where in Tolkein did they really crawl through a dungeon or other tomb/ place of mystery?

MoonHunter
November 25, 2005
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Gamer's Dictionary of Measurements    Articles  (Resource)   (Game Mastering)

The world is full of different measurement systems. Some are old, some new, some obvious, some obscure. Each one is important enough to some group of people to be codified and passed down through the years. These are the ones that might be useful for gamers.

Iain
November 25, 2005
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Systems of Measurement    Articles  (Resource)   (Game Mastering)

Systems of measurement might not sound like the most interesting of things, but they can be used to good effect in a role play campaign. There are three main ways I can think of: 1) Adding colour; 2) Culture shock and 3) Archaic systems.

Siren no Orakio
November 23, 2005
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Creeds    Articles  (Setting Building)   (Game Mastering)

While we’re talking about the subject of constructing religions, I’d like to bring up the concept of the Creed. The creed is nothing more than a simple statement of the religion’s beliefs, meant to be recited. If you cannot write a creed for your monotheistic religion, it probably needs work on internal consistency. Creed examples:

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Manabat

       By: Clemmensen

This nocturnal creature resembles an over-sized bat, with the mouth of a star-nosed mole.

The Manabat can be as small as a normal bat, but can grow to a size larger than a human.

This creature is feared by wizards and other magic users, as it feeds of it victim's mana.

It will hide at day and hunt at night, swooping down on its prey, engulfing the magic user's face with its slimy tentacles, thereby sucking the mana from the victim. Depending on the size of the Manabat it can drain only a portion of the wizard's mana, which he will regain in a few hours, whereas the largest creatures will drain the wizard's mana permanently, rendering them ineffective as magic users.It will not harm them in any other way.

Manabats behave like normal bats and breeds in same way and numbers.

They can be tamed by a master trainer to attack on command.

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