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manfred
February 7, 2006
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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: 11
Ideas: 0
Votes: 4 / 4.000000
Get a Plot    Articles  (Resource)   (Game Mastering)

Sometimes, you just need a new plot.

manfred
January 1, 2006
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Comments: 13
Ideas: 32
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: 25
Ideas: 70
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.

MoonHunter
December 13, 2005
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Comments: 12
Ideas: 0
Votes: 5 / 4.400000
PC Death and the Threshold of Acceptance    Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - In General)

One of the most heated topics in gaming is the arguments about player character death. Should the GM and the Players be antagonistic with each other? Should the results lay like the dice? What about story continuity and the investment in time and effort into the characters. Everyone seems to have strong opinions about this.

MoonHunter
December 13, 2005
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Comments: 21
Ideas: 0
Votes: 7 / 4.285714
10 in 10    Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - In General)

The journey of 1000 metaphorical miles begins with putting your hands on keys and typing away.

MoonHunter
December 11, 2005
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Ideas: 0
Votes: 1 / 4.500000
Explaining Roleplaying - The MoonHunter Way    Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - In General)

Everyone has their own take on what roleplaying games truly are. This is mine.

manfred
December 11, 2005
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Comments: 5
Ideas: 0
Votes: 4 / 3.500000
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.

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PCs as a disliked race

       By: Cheka Man

Have the PCs rping Orcs or Goblins or some other race that normally exists only as things to cut up with swords.

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