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 Journeys Of Discovery
Posted: Mon, 21 Jun 14:00:52
Category: Campaign Creation, Campaign Management, D&D / Pathfinder

Some weeks ago, I was offered a review copy of a “solo-player RPG”. I was hesitant at first because it sounded like a computer RPG, which is not the meat-and-potatoes of Campaign Mastery, but reading the invitation more closely made it clear that this was a tabletop game, and that intrigued me, in particular with […]

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 A Wealth Of Suspects and the lessons they teach
Posted: Mon, 14 Jun 14:03:04
Category: Campaign Creation, D&D / Pathfinder, Dr Who 2: A Vortex Of War

Today’s article was originally going to be just an example of using logical structures to construct an adventure from the middle out, but that should be fairly standard (and possibly dull) fare for anyone with a reasonable amount of experience – so I was looking for a way to dress it up and add to […]

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 The Power Of Blur: Blog Carnival June ’21
Posted: Mon, 07 Jun 14:00:14
Category: D&D / Pathfinder, Game Mastering, Mike

I love doing art-related posts for Campaign Mastery because they give me an opportunity to flex my artistic muscles and have some fun. As a result, I’m afraid that the example that I planned to use as an introduction to this post has grown rather larger than expected. It’s worth reading, though :) One of […]

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 Quintessentially, About Wealth
Posted: Mon, 31 May 13:30:29
Category: Beginners, D&D / Pathfinder, Game Mastering

Once again, the wheel of days has traversed the circle of time to Campaign Mastery’s turn at hosting the Blog Carnival, following on from Full Moon Storytelling’s Festivals, Holidays, and Birthdays. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a post up for that Carnival (sorry, Dave) – I had a post run over two weeks when it was […]

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 Delving Deeper Into Mystery
Posted: Mon, 24 May 14:58:31
Category: Beginners, D&D / Pathfinder, Game Mastering

A necessary preamble For anyone who writes articles that they intend to last (called ‘evergreen’), one of the most annoying and frustrating phenomena occurs when you have a really great idea for an article – but by the time you can get the essentials down in some permanent form, it’s vanished from thought like a […]

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 Growing The Perfect Family Tree part 2
Posted: Mon, 17 May 14:00:14
Category: D&D / Pathfinder, Mike, NPCs & Villains & Monsters

This continues the article that I started last week, offering a simple technique for the quick and easy generation of families for RPGs. Most of the time, this would be used for the families of PCs, occasionally it might be used for the family of an important NPC. I should also note that most of […]

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 Growing The Perfect Family Tree part 1
Posted: Mon, 10 May 16:34:33
Category: D&D / Pathfinder, Mike, NPCs & Villains & Monsters

I’m a fan of the history/biography show, Who Do You Think You Are?, as I have explained a time or two in past articles. Watching some episodes of the show recently, a recurring thought concerning the abbreviated family trees they show finally coalesced into the concept for an article. That article changed and morphed several […]

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 Tales Of Hope, Death, and Glory
Posted: Mon, 03 May 15:52:20
Category: Beginners, Campaign Management, D&D / Pathfinder

A couple of days ago I came across a Quora post by Deb Paul describing some experiments exploring hope as a motivational force. The experiments in question were both revolting and enlightening, and I immediately shared the post with the Dungeon Masters Deep Dive group because I could see a connection to group behavior in […]

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 Surviving Artifacts with Demi-Relics (BC Apr 2021)
Posted: Mon, 26 Apr 15:20:40
Category: Campaign Creation, Campaign Management, Cyberpunk

All GMs should recognize and follow the rule of cool, which states that if a player wants his character to do something cool, the GM should try to find a way to let him, even if it violates canon or what the character should normally. be capable of. Alas, in one of the great inequities […]

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 The Four GM Responsibilities
Posted: Mon, 19 Apr 14:00:22
Category: Beginners, D&D / Pathfinder, Game Mastering

Yesterday, on Quora, I answered a question about beginning as a GM.. The question originally posed was “How can I play NPCs in DND and how can I get started DMing? This is my first time and I’m so lost.” There was already an excellent answer to the question, so I took a more general […]

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