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 How to Create Cool Magic Item Backgrounds in 60 Seconds Posted: Wed, 15 Nov 13:43:48  
GM Techniques, Treasures & Rewards, Magic Items

Give your magic item a quick history. Then use the history to tie a whole bunch of things together that will make you look like a genius. To flesh out your item’s lore fast, follow these four simple steps.

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 RPT#215 – Ideas For Involving Fantasy Phenomena Posted: Sat, 11 Nov 23:53:24  
Roleplaying Tips Newsletter

A Brief Word From Johnn Game Of Thrones Is A Great Game I had the good fortune to finally play the Game of Thrones (GoT) board game. I had asked for reviews awhile back and they were mixed, so I held-off purchasing the game blind. Luckily, I got in on a game Saturday and it’s […]

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 RPT#213 – Paranoia: Shattering The Trust Part III: Minor In-Game Events Posted: Sat, 28 Oct 23:48:52  
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A Brief Word From Johnn Campaign Design Begins – Rules First I’m taking a different approach for my latest D&D campaign: designing the rules first. My personal preference is to try and keep game content within the boundaries of the rules. If a plot element, encounter plan, background event, or whatever, cannot be reversed engineered […]

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 RPT#164 – 9 Ways To Bring Town Guards To Life Posted: Sun, 22 Oct 02:25:20  
Roleplaying Tips Newsletter

A Brief Word From Johnn Last Week Of Contest March 15th is the last day for the Interesting Scenes contest. Unlimited entries are allowed with each scene representing one entry. To enter, send in a 1-2 sentence cool combat or roleplaying scene like these ones: “The PCs are fighting the bad guys inside a giant […]

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 Kill GM Procrastination With Your First Move Posted: Sat, 21 Oct 15:12:29  
GM Techniques, Johnn's RPG Musings

When game master procrastination hits, I do what I call my First Move. Nail your first move, and prep instantly gets a lot easier.

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 Sandbox Adventures – 5 Essential Ingredients Posted: Mon, 02 Oct 12:19:19  
Campaigns & Adventures, Johnn's RPG Musings

I got my first taste of sandbox adventure play in B2: Keep on the Borderlands. The PCs based themselves in The Keep and forayed into the Wild. A crazy hermit shared the location of several caves nearby, confirmed dangerous, rumoured with riches.As the party crested a hill, a horseshoe valley stretched before them, rings of caves […]

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 Millions of Colours Now in Campaign Logger Posted: Tue, 12 Sep 02:28:28  
News, campaign-logger

We’ve added a couple new features to the Campaign Logger web app. First, though, Jochen and I are considering making an important change to Campaign Logger. Should We Open CL Up For Add-On Development? We’re thinking of opening the app up even more so developers can build and share their own add-ons and features in javascript.For example, […]

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 RPG Blog Carnival – Short Dungeons & Adventures Posted: Fri, 01 Sep 13:53:11  
RPG Blog Carnival

This month's RPG Blog Carnival is about Short Dungeons & Adventures.

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 Campaign Logger New Features and Updates Posted: Sun, 20 Aug 01:17:42  
Tools & GM Aides, campaign-logger

Jochen and I have had a fairly productive summer working on Campaign Logger. We hope you’ve had a chance to use the app in the past couple of months because that means you’re either gaming or prepping to game!Here’s a bit of a laundry list of what’s changed for the web app. Here’s a bit of […]

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 A Secret Society Of Character-Hunters For Your Campaign Posted: Mon, 29 May 12:21:25  
RPG Blog Carnival

This month’s RPG Blog Carnival is about Occult Mysteries and Magic. To celebrate that theme, here is a quick and adversarial secret society idea for your campaign. The Masters of Destiny These guys hunt adventurers. They believe an ancient evil will soon awake, but the world is doomed because there are no heroes powerful enough […]

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 RPT#190 – 6 Ideas To Encourage Roleplaying Posted: Fri, 26 May 23:02:22  
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A Brief Word From Johnn I’m Back! But My Email Was Down It took just under 44 hours after I left for vacation for spam to fill my email account to the brim. Grrr. So, if you sent me an email after 7pm Sunday the 16th, then it would have bounced. Sorry–please re-send it. This […]

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 8 Ways To Use Riddles Posted: Mon, 15 May 13:15:28  
Johnn's RPG Musings

I have rivers without water, Forests without trees, Mountains without rocks Towns without houses. I love riddles. You’ve probably got a book of riddles on your shelf, too. But when your campaign or adventure theme does not support classic dungeon riddle play, how do you put riddles in your campaign? Here are a few ideas. […]

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