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 Know Your Players – Building Your Session Checklist Posted: Mon, 17 Feb 05:13:01  
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Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #352 Know Your Players – Building Your Session Checklist From Johnn Four Checklists are valuable game master tools. They are easy to craft – just brainstorm a list of items, and put them in order, if desired. With each use, you can change and update it until the checklist is complete and […]

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 How To Leave Your Players Hanging – 4 Cliffhanger Tips Posted: Fri, 14 Feb 04:13:10  
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Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #353 How To Leave Your Players Hanging – 4 Cliffhanger Tips From Johnn Four Prepare Intercept Encounters If you see the end of the session is near, but it’s too early to trigger your cliffhanger, stall for awhile with an intercept encounter. To do this, have one or more encounters waiting in […]

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 How To Work With Crummy Character Backgrounds 12 Options For Solving “X killed Y” Posted: Wed, 12 Feb 03:48:11  
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Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #354 How To Work With Crummy Character Backgrounds 12 Options For Solving “X killed Y” From David R. A common theme with players when asked what their character background is to say that “X killed Y so I hate X.” X is some villainous entity the player is forever hunting, and Y […]

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 11 Monstrous Tips Posted: Tue, 11 Feb 06:08:45  
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Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #355 11 MORE MONSTROUS TIPS Last July, Roleplaying Tips Weekly ran a contest for monster related tips of all kinds. Subscribers responded with nearly100 entries, and many prizes were handed out. Below are the last, but not least, handful of entries from the contest. May your critters live long and prosper! Even […]

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 Inspiration For Your Games: Superstition Contest Entries Posted: Mon, 10 Feb 06:04:20  
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Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #356 Inspiration For Your Games: Superstition Contest Entries Recently, I ran a giveaway where gamers could win a prize for writing in with ideas for in-game superstitions. Here are most of the entries. Hopefully you can use them for ideas and inspiration, in game flavor, plot hooks, and encounter seeds. Thanks again […]

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 9 Spheres Of Influence My Broad RPG Planning Checklist Posted: Mon, 10 Feb 05:37:58  
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Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #357 9 Spheres Of Influence – My Broad RPG Planning Checklist The following article details a short checklist I use for a lot of things, from planning a new campaign to writing tips to organizing a session. I was using it while writing part two of the Know Your Players tips series […]

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 Know Your Players Part 2 Building Your Session Checklist Posted: Wed, 05 Feb 06:04:18  
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Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #358 Know Your Players Part 2 – Create Your Building Checklist In part one; we discussed how important it is to plan with your players in mind, and to build a checklist of in-game preferences and out-of-game habits per player so you have a handy reference. Read part one: http://www.roleplayingtips.com/readissue.php?number=352 This issue […]

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 GM Organization – 5 Tips Posted: Mon, 03 Feb 05:47:19  
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Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #359 GM Organization – 5 Tips From Johnn Four Layer Transparencies Over Maps From your school days, do you remember the human body transparencies in the encyclopedia that showed the layers of bones, organs, and muscles? Each transparency was a plastic sheet that had opaque, translucent, and clear parts so that they […]

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 9 Ways To Recruit New Players Posted: Fri, 31 Jan 06:11:21  
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Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #360 9 Ways To Recruit New Players Finding new gamers and groups can be tricky and is always a hot topic because people move, their game group disintegrates or isn’t a good fit, or they decide to try RPGs again after a long break. A little while ago I received two reader […]

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 Supernatural Weather, Part 1 Posted: Fri, 31 Jan 04:48:00  
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Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #361 Supernatural Weather, Part 1 From Johnn Four This week’s issue is based on a reader request for supernatural weather tips and ideas. Great topic suggestion! I polled the folks on the GM Mastery list, and their great ideas and mine are included below. Thanks to the following for their suggestions and […]

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 Supernatural Weather, Part 2 Posted: Fri, 31 Jan 04:09:06  
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Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #362 Supernatural Weather, Part 2 From Johnn Four Thanks again to the following for their help: Robgonzo, Eric FitzMedrud, Gus, Lorele Phoenixjade, Bobby Nichols, Telas. Here’s a suggestion if you have the time this week. Use the tips in this issue and in part 1 to craft five types of weather events […]

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 It’s About The Character, Not The Player Serving Up Characterization Encounters, Part 1 Posted: Thu, 30 Jan 05:59:34  
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Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #363 It’s About The Character, Not The Player Serving Up Characterization Encounters, Part 1 From Johnn Four Here’s a reader request I received: Could you put some advice in about roleplaying encounters? Specifically, encounters where players can make choices that are equally valid, so they have to think about what their character […]

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