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MoonHunter
December 15, 2005
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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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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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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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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.

cmagoun2
December 14, 2005
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Magical Magic Items    Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Game Mastering)

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

manfred
December 11, 2005
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Pottery    Articles  (Resource)   (Game Mastering)

This is more an overview of the subject, than a complete article. As one of my PCs had pottery in background, I tried to research it a bit, but given up after seeing way too much data.

MoonHunter
December 11, 2005
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Falconry or Hawking    Articles  (Resource)   (Game Mastering)

Falconry or Hawking is the sport of hunting with a trained bird of prey, usually a hawk or falcon. It has been practiced by a number of cultures through out the centuries.

MoonHunter
December 9, 2005
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I want a Battle of Pelennor Fields in my campaign    Articles  (Campaign)   (Game Mastering)

Did you, like me, sit in the cinema thinking “Now this is what I want to achieve for my campaign climax”? Did you sit around afterwords trying to figure out how? Well I did, and here it is.

MoonHunter
December 8, 2005
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Organization Files for GMs    Articles  (Resource)   (Game Mastering)

Let’s face it. GM’s need to be organized. When dealing with organization, one should look towards business… as an efficient business is a more profitable business.

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 1, 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 26, 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.

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