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 The Four Frontiers Of ‘Alien’
Posted: Mon, 26 Oct 12:59:12
Category: Campaign Creation, D&D / Pathfinder, Fantasy Games

The First Frontier: Appearance Early science fiction depicted aliens as having animal heads or other elements of animal anatomy. Fantasy, myth, and legend carry the principle even further back in time – the Minotaur of Knossos comes to mind. And I would not be at all surprised to be told that centaurs predate even those […]

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 The Miracle Of Wood
Posted: Mon, 19 Oct 13:09:03
Category: Campaign Creation, D&D / Pathfinder, Fantasy Games

Whew! Finished at last!! This is a long one, folks – more than 16 thousand words, or about four normal Campaign Mastery articles. Heck, that’s approaching game supplement levels… Needless to say, I had no idea it would be anything like that long when I started. I Hope it’s worth the wait! Awakened Trees Most […]

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 Creating a Campaign Physics
Posted: Mon, 05 Oct 12:59:17
Category: Campaign Creation, Campaign Management, D&D / Pathfinder

“Game Physics*” have been on my mind lately, no doubt because of my recently published article on the underpinning theory of how Magic works in my superhero campaign. This article is primarily aimed at D&D / Pathfinder / Fantasy GMs, but it may also serve in other genres in which the underlying “science” doesn’t match […]

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 Pigment On Canvas – Six GMing Lessons from Oil Painting
Posted: Mon, 28 Sep 15:53:18
Category: Campaign Creation, Campaign Management, D&D / Pathfinder

There have been three shows that seriously went into oil painting on Australian TV. The first was the Rolf Harris Show, in which Rolf used house-paints on a large board, paining in just two or three pigments; his art was often comprised of abstract shapes until the whole image came together in a fairly impressionistic […]

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 The Meta-Physics Of Magic
Posted: Mon, 21 Sep 15:02:58
Category: Campaign Creation, D&D / Pathfinder, Fantasy Games

(originally titled ‘Flowing Mana and other arcane concepts’) Today, I thought I would share with you a few concepts from my superhero campaign that relate to the “science” of how magic works. I’ve addressed the circumstances under which these were presented in-play in an earlier post; this is more about delivering the high-concept ideas themselves […]

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 Norsing Around With Jordenheim
Posted: Mon, 14 Sep 14:34:30
Category: Beginners, Fantasy Games, Game Mastering

It has always been my opinion that of all the pantheons, the Norse are the most suited to application within a superhero campaign. The Greek deities are too whimsical, the Romans too arrogant; the Norse are the most level-headed in many respects. What’s more, the Vikings had a sense of the rule of law that […]

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 Carnival Roundup plus Henchmen! Henchmen! Henchmen!
Posted: Mon, 07 Sep 13:59:27
Category: Campaign Management, D&D / Pathfinder, Mike

Campaign Mastery’s turn as host of the Blog Carnival has now passed into the dusty pages of history, and the baton has passed to Gonz at Codex Anathema, whose topic is “Whose Relic Is It Anyway?” That means that it’s time for a roundup of the submissions in response to our round of hosting – […]

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 A Character’s Day Off
Posted: Mon, 31 Aug 13:59:17
Category: D&D / Pathfinder, Game Mastering, Mike

Yesterday, I took the day off (actually, this was back in April 2018 – this post has sat around unfinished for quite a while, I’;m probably due to do it again!) This morning (April 2018 again), I was reflecting on how much I enjoyed setting aside the stresses and strains of daily life and just […]

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 The Great Reset Button In The Sky
Posted: Mon, 24 Aug 14:33:53
Category: Beginners, Campaign Creation, Campaign Management

I Spent much of the weekend a few weeks ago performing my regular data backup. Everyone in IT has horror stories resulting from inadequacy of backups. Even IT professionals and past professionals like myself – who know how essential backups are – have lost irreplaceable material to inadequacy of backups. That’s because there are two […]

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 Interesting Journeys: You Can Get There From Here
Posted: Mon, 17 Aug 14:34:37
Category: D&D / Pathfinder, Fantasy Games, Game Mastering

I originally started writing this as a contribution to the May 2020 Blog Carnival, hosted by Moebius Adventures, but when I wasn’t able to finish it in time, I set it aside for later completion. It is now “later”… Travel The theme of the May carnival was “Are we there yet”, and the subject matter […]

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