How does a given species become intelligent? Why does one turn from somewhat smart to actually sentient, and another doesn't? What is the magic formula, if there is one?
This is an editted version of an article I did many years ago covering the basic information about sake.
It is easy to forget in our fast paced globally connected world what the reality of village life would have been like.
GMs definitely need to enforce strict "in character" play, eliminate "across the table" chatter, and by doing so - set the scene for an awesome role-play experience!
Tips on posting and writing in general
tips on posting Systems (part of the Codex Posting Advice)
tips on posting Societies (part of the Codex Posting Advice)
tips on posting Locations (part of the Codex Posting Advice)
A Codex for tips about posts in the various categories
Diseases. Incomplete and currently abandoned
The greatest book ever written! HA-HA!
Be it a tank, mech, aircraft, or warship, the same basic rules apply for writing speculative fiction about them.
In the World of Star Trek," authored by David Gerrold, Gene Roddenberry explains how a central character trying to solve one or more needs builds drama into any type of story.
A few ways to handle PCs navigating a maze within your games.
Food of the gods.
How to make combat interesting and more than: "Well, I’m going to hit him with my sword."
Inspiration comes from strange places
Mistakes were made, people will be held accountable
Quick effective tips on making adventure design and gming a little easier.
An evaluation of the limited advancement of technology in standard genre fantasy.
By late afternoon, the sky starts to cloud over. The sun shines behind the fluffy clouds, gilding the edges and showing a Jacob's-ladder of rays streaming through the gaps...very pretty. Gradually the clouds shift into a new configuration: you realize with awe-struck, preternatural clarity that the clouds form a map of a coast-line that you know against the blue sky as ocean: surely it's a Sign! Suddenly, the golden beams coalesce into one long ray that strikes across the blue. A star-like gleam flashes under the ray: perhaps it is an island? But the charts show no island there...who would want to hide an island? Who could do it?