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Iain
February 22, 2006
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Comments: 13
Ideas: 0
Votes: 10 / 4.400000
Language Aquisition    Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Gaming - In General)

Languages do not exist as unconnected entities; rather, every language will be related in some way to every other language…

ephemeralstability
February 20, 2006
Hits: 13820
Comments: 16
Ideas: 26
Votes: 7 / 4.428571
Character Hooks    Articles  (Resource)   (Game Mastering)

I’m trying to think of alternatives for game-openings, to replace the standard “meet up in a tavern” or “adventuring group applying for a job” techniques. I know these can be easy ways to get people playing, but I’m certain there are more interesting ways…

Nobody
February 15, 2006
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Comments: 7
Ideas: 0
Votes: 6 / 4.250000
PC's and Artifacts of Legend    Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Game Mastering)

Ever wanted to add a legendary artifact to your campaign, but you were worried about PC’s getting their hands on it?
Or you put the Legendary item in your game and the PC’s already managed to get it?

What to do, and how to fix it.

Druid_Wiking
February 14, 2006
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Comments: 6
Ideas: 0
Votes: 2 / 3.500000
Legal Codes    Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - In General)

A guide on creating legal codes for games, history, examples, and why bother?

manfred
February 7, 2006
Hits: 17565
Comments: 13
Ideas: 31
Votes: 10 / 4.300000
Character Secrets    Articles  (Character)   (Game Mastering)

Players want their characters to be special, and a secret is one way to do it. It is also a way to better connect the character with the game world.

ScorpionJinx
January 10, 2006
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Comments: 25
Ideas: 0
Votes: 14 / 4.142857
How to be a better critic!    Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Players)

Critiques and critics are a necessary evil. Now before anyone gets riled up, let me explain. No one likes to have their ideas picked apart. But we put our selves out there and hope for the best. Here are some tips on being a better critic.

MoonHunter
January 9, 2006
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Comments: 12
Ideas: 0
Votes: 5 / 4.100000
Get a Plot    Articles  (Resource)   (Game Mastering)

Sometimes, you just need a new plot.

manfred
January 1, 2006
Hits: 14328
Comments: 13
Ideas: 33
Votes: 7 / 4.142857
Curses    Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - In General)

Sometimes it is necessary. Sometimes it just happens. Whether to a PC or NPC, a curse is something nasty that changes their life significantly, and not for the better. You were warned.

manfred
December 30, 2005
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Comments: 10
Ideas: 20
Votes: 5 / 4.200000
Dreams    Articles  (Fiction)   (Game Mastering)

Dreams are another way to announce the future, to add colour, to guide the characters or even mislead them. This is a scroll of various dreams.

manfred
December 25, 2005
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Comments: 11
Ideas: 5
Votes: 7 / 4.357143
One player campaigns    Articles  (Campaign)   (Game Mastering)

One player. One Game Master. Roleplaying in this way is slightly different than with a group.

ScorpionJinx
December 22, 2005
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Comments: 26
Ideas: 73
Votes: 7 / 4.500000
A Dash of Salt    Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - In General)

Reading through the animal thread and a conversation with Scrasamax lead to the creation of this thread. For the Adventurer with a taste for exotic meals…may I present. "The Official Strolen Citadel Cookbook".

MoonHunter
December 15, 2005
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Comments: 10
Ideas: 0
Votes: 7 / 4.428571
GM's Block    Articles  (Resource)   (Game Mastering)

GM’s block is a serious problem in the roleplaying world. Related to writer’s or actor’s block, it prevents the GM from being creative and enthusiastic about their work.

MoonHunter
December 15, 2005
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Comments: 3
Ideas: 0
Votes: 3 / 4.000000
It is a Small World    Articles  (Setting Building)   (Game Mastering)

This article is also know as World Building 1A.

MoonHunter
December 15, 2005
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Comments: 11
Ideas: 0
Votes: 5 / 4.400000
Dip Happen    Articles  (Setting Building)   (Game Mastering)

I personally always recomend creating your own game worlds for your campaigns.  It makes the game your own, rather than something you are just using.  Most people will not run characters that other people create. why should game worlds be any different.

ephemeralstability
December 14, 2005
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Comments: 9
Ideas: 0
Votes: 5 / 3.600000
Teaching the Rules    Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Game Mastering)

With first-time players, learning the rules may seem like a burden and rolling up characters can be glossed over. We used a new method for explaining the rules and creating characters which the Harry Potter-setting made possible and which I would recommend using in other adventures.

MoonHunter
December 14, 2005
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Comments: 8
Ideas: 0
Votes: 4 / 3.500000
Gaming is Like Pizza    Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Game Mastering)

From Feudal Japan to the modern Pizzaria, you can learn a great deal about gaming from food.

MoonHunter
December 14, 2005
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Comments: 8
Ideas: 2
Votes: 5 / 4.600000
Campaigns are like Plants    Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Game Mastering)

Literally, Campaigns are like plants.  They can only grow if the conditions are right.  The GM must plant them in the correct place and right environmental conditions (i.e. the players must like the ideas behind the games and be willing to play in them). Just like the gardener must prepare the soil and growing environment, the GM must create the basics of the campaign before play.

MoonHunter
December 14, 2005
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Comments: 8
Ideas: 0
Votes: 4 / 3.750000
Lazy's man guide to constructing a CoC or Horror adventure    Articles  (Scenario)   (Gaming - Genre)

This is a great article posted on another site (who reposted it from another site, who took it from another), but I thought many would enjoy it here. It is The Lazy Man’s Guide for Constructing a Call of the Cthulhu Adventure, written by Sandy Petersen, original author of the Call of Cthulhu.

cmagoun2
December 14, 2005
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Comments: 8
Ideas: 0
Votes: 7 / 4.428571
Magical Magic Items    Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Game Mastering)

A little advice on magic items reposted from the Runebearer website.

MoonHunter
December 14, 2005
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Comments: 5
Ideas: 2
Votes: 4 / 4.125000
Larping Advice    Articles  (Other Gaming)   (Gaming - In General)

Larping is Live Action Role Playing. Instead of sitting around a table, play is done “in action”, up and moving about. Any resolution besides social ones are done by some “lite” mechanic. It can be a great deal of fun.

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       By: Raptyr

Nine times out of ten, it’s the undead that do the running.

Not strictly animal or vegetable, the Corpse bud is a peculiar individual that shares characteristics from multiple kingdoms and species. In appearance, all corpse buds bear a shape of a large rounded top bud divided into four lateral segments, and a much longer, narrower bottom bud, also divided into four segments. Between the two halves are a set of four radial limbs, rounded on top and flat on the bottom, covered with tiny serrated hooks facing towards the body. In overall size, it’s limbs reach as wide as a spread hand, with the body being as thick as a fist. It is as long as a human hand from top to bottom.

Internally, the top bud of the corpse bud contains a bacteria filled membrane that produces the hydrogen that the corpse bud uses to stay aloft, and a series of fungal gills for the dispersal of spores for reproduction. The lower half of the bud contains a number of fine filaments, as well as a sharp barbed stinger containing a powerful local anaesthesia.

The Corpse Bud mobilizes by inflating its top bud, and steers by rotating its arms rapidly about its body. The corpse bud ordinarily drifts with the wind, orienting towards the scent of recent decay and death. It preys on the recently dead, burrowing the lower bud into the victim, using the anaesthesia in case the victim is dying, and not truly deceased. Once embedded, it releases its filaments into the body, replacing the current nervous system. This gives it full animation of the body, and allows the corpse bud to direct it.

Corpse buds are not a malevolent species, being primarily concerned with breaking down the host body for food, and infecting the reproductive cycle with spores in order to mate with other corpse-bud bodies. To preserve the corpse for this purpose, Corpse buds will seek out dry locations to prevent bacteria from destroying the corpses. This often causes a large number of corpse buds to gather in a single location.

In culture, Corpse buds are used to repair broken spines or degenerative diseases, as the sentient mind will easily overcome the mind of the non-sentient corpse bud. Once infected by a corpse bud, however, removal is usually fatal, and the infected individual cannot reproduce, or risk infecting another. Thus, it is a technique often reserved for the elderly, or a last resort.

Necromancers and other dark sorcerers will often preserve the corpses of their victims magically, and infect them with corpse buds, creating traditional undead as well, so as to seed their lairs with undead both offensive and non, in order to throw their enemies off balance. They will also enslave the rudimentary minds of the corpse buds, and transform the docile things into a plague. There have also been accounts of magically transformed corpse buds with stronger minds and a taste for living flesh, but thus far all accounts are unproven rumors.

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