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 7 Ways To Roleplay Factions Better Posted: Thu, 05 Dec 03:52:24  
NPCs & Roleplaying, Factions, [5 Minute GM Quest]

How do you run and portray factions in your campaign? Are your factions full of life and rich gameplay? Or are they vague mentions in your world? You can tell how well a faction gets roleplayed by how much interest your players show in interacting with the group. For example, three signs players don’t care […]

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 Who’s Fault Is It? Yours? Posted: Thu, 05 Dec 03:46:22  
Running Games, Running the Game, Self-Improvement

RPT GM Duane V. asked me this interesting question about the responsibility of the GM: Hi Johnn. I was reading your latest DM Tips and a question that has bugged me for a while popped into my mind. In politics, we blame the leader if things go badly; in sport, we blame the coach; in […]

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 Add Lost Civilizations To Your World Posted: Thu, 05 Dec 03:42:21  
World Building, [5 Minute GM Quest]

Been watching a lot of history videos on Youtube lately. I especially like the short ones with time lapse maps of changing settlements and populations. For example, this one on Europe from 400 BC to present. It’s fascinating to see how countries grow, shrink, migrate, and disappear. On a similar note, my civilization schema for […]

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 Build Your World With This Cool Map Posted: Thu, 05 Dec 03:39:49  
World Building

Brief word: Roleplaying Tips Monthly Round-Up — October 2019 Here’s a simple world-building method from Reddit user MordecaiKravits. [OC] Finally developed a world building method that appeals to my love of hexagons and straight lines. This a relationship map he created that illustrates the technique: In his words: I’ve been trying to create a sleek […]

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 Law Vs. Lore — My Thoughts On Rules and Fudging Rolls Posted: Thu, 05 Dec 03:35:39  
Running Games, Gming - Beginner, Running the Game

I hear many GMs fudge rolls and regard every rule as changeable on their whim. Here’s my philosophy, which has changed over the years, and is now at a place I think makes for better gaming with my friends. Law vs. Lore First, a couple of RPT definitions. Law Law is the rules. It’s the […]

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 9 Secret Agents For Your Game Posted: Thu, 05 Dec 03:30:39  
NPCs & Roleplaying, Factions

I like this list from Cheka Man in RPT#461. It speaks to me of archetypes and story roles. And I like those because they are reusable containers you can fill again and again. For example, The Idealist. They’d rather be somewhere else. By being someone else. Tough gig. In one plot you can make this […]

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 How To GM Knowledge (Local) Posted: Thu, 05 Dec 03:10:48  
Players & Characters

Today we talk about playing at a different level than your players to make your adventures more challenging. We begin with RPT Platinum Patron Mark Aston asking a great question about players using a local knowledge type skill: Hi Johnn, I have never really got to grips with how to run the skill Knowledge (Local), […]

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 Mystery Game Tips Posted: Tue, 03 Dec 04:51:30  
Roleplaying Tips Newsletter

Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #400 Mystery Game Tips From Danny East Mystery Games are gaining popularity, as much for the challenge of GMing them as for the challenge of playing. Intrigue, deceit, and evidence were easy enough for Sherlock Holmes, but outside of a good module or the RPG translation of a popular movie or book, […]

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 Keep The Peace Part 1 Posted: Tue, 03 Dec 04:32:55  
Roleplaying Tips Newsletter

Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #401 Keep The Peace Part 1 From Joel Fox 10 Tips To Bring The Party Back Together and Keep It That Way Characters in the same party often fight each other; it’s sad but true. They disagree on tactics, faith, politics, and an infinite number of other things. The task of keeping […]

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 Keep The Peace, Part 2 Posted: Tue, 03 Dec 04:10:09  
Roleplaying Tips Newsletter

Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #402 Keep The Peace Part 2 From Joel Fox 10 Tips To Bring The Party Back Together and Keep It That Way Last week, in part 1, we discussed the different expectations and backgrounds of the players sitting down at the gaming table. Conflicts arising from these issues are easiest solved at […]

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 Win A Xancrown Mini Posted: Sat, 30 Nov 18:49:45  
News

To celebrate the Demonplague campaign launching on Amazon, I’m holding a fun giveaway. You could get a 3D printed mini of the campaign’s demonic villain, Xancrown. Here’s a picture of the mini: Imagine your players’ faces when you introduce this guy to the table: How to Enter the Giveaway The giveaway is open to any […]

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 15 Holiday Adventures Posted: Sat, 30 Nov 11:24:54  
Roleplaying Tips Newsletter

Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #403 15 Holiday Adventures From JL Hatlen Linnell. You can catch part Part 1 at: http://www.roleplayingtips.com/readissue.php?number=344 The Great Eel-Culling Black Harbor is a vibrant trading community built on the mouth of a large river and the open end of a busy harbor. The harbor itself has only a narrow passage to the […]

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