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Druid_Wiking
February 23, 2006
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Comments: 8
Ideas: 0
Votes: 5 / 3.600000
Medieval Music    Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - Genre)

It’s time to break free of the lute’s death-grip

Iain
February 22, 2006
Hits: 6281
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: 13775
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
Hits: 5165
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
Hits: 4884
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: 17510
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
Hits: 9110
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
Hits: 10391
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
Hits: 14284
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
Hits: 11549
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
Hits: 8185
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: 72
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
Hits: 6208
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
Hits: 5106
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
Hits: 5227
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
Hits: 3635
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.

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A traveling scholar, digging up the roots of tomatoes that he encounters.

       By: Dozus

There is a small and strange nature-worship cult that has dedicated itself to freeing vegetables. They appear usually in working pairs or trios, arriving to villages and towns separately and wearing the local garb. For some reason, they have taken to disguising themselves specifically as a scholar, a cooper, and a fisher. At night, they will sneak into backyards and side gardens, digging up household fruits and vegetables. They pile the pilfered plants into a cart and vanish in the night. While the townsfolk wake up to empty gardens, the cultists replant the fruits in the wild to let them be "free".

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