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How to Keep Everyone Focused During Your RPG Session

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RPGs are ripe with ways to derail a game session. A funny scenario, or a daring stunt that actually works can side-track the whole table for a large chunk of time. But these are good distractions. They keep everyone invested and immersed in the game even while the table is talking about what just happened rather […]

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Why Your Group Should Always Have a Session 0

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Every table top RPG game (TTRPG) I’ve ever ran or played in has always started with everyone making their characters as a group. During this process we’d always talk about our characters and what the game would entail. It was years before I found out that this was not normal and that there’s a name […]

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How to Deal With Unresolved Plot Hooks in a RPG

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Nothing is worse than spending hours creating an interesting dungeon and having your players never touch it. While you can always stow it away for another campaign it’s still a tad disappointing if you’ve put a ton of effort into it. What could you have done differently with this unresolved plot hook to make it […]

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Theater of the Mind vs. Battle Maps for Combat Encounters

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When it comes to combat encounters in table top RPGs there are two methods of describing the encounters. One is to use a battle map and miniatures to visualize the scene. The other is to use theater of the mind which requires only the players’ and GM’s imagination and attention. There are reasons why a […]

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Making Battle Maps with Dungeon Painter Studio

I’m going to preface this post by saying that I’m not affiliated with Pyromancers.com or Dungeon Painter Studio in any way. I just frequently use the software and have enjoyed the product a lot. I’ve mentioned quite a few times now that I am not very artistic and have sought-out software that helps me in this department. This […]

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The Illusion of Choice – The Quantum Goblin Problem

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The party comes to a fork in the road. On the right-hand side is a goblin encampment encounter you’ve spent tons of time planning. On the left-hand side is that same encounter, but it is reskinned to be for human bandits. Either way the party slices it they’ll be facing the same encounter. This is […]

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Is Inkarnate Pro Worth It?

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I’ve previously posted about Inkarnate and how it is an excellent free cartography tool. I’m not an artist by even the loosest definition and it has allowed me to make great looking world and city maps almost effortlessly. I’ve updated that post since I originally wrote it back in 2015, but the program has changed quite […]

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RPG Session Prep – How Much Time is Needed?

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I find that the more experienced I get at running table top RPGs, the better I am at picking up on new a DM or GM’s mistakes. The biggest mistake I’ve noticed is that they are either not taking enough time or taking too much time to prepare for their group’s next RPG session. Why […]

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One Page Dungeon Contest Week 3: Encounters

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Last week I showcased the map I made for my 2018 submission for the One Page Dungeon Contest. I’m proud to say that I’ve finished it in time and will be submitting it Saturday after look through it a few more times. This week I formatted it and created all of the encounters for the […]

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One Page Dungeon Contest Week 2: The Map

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Last week I brainstormed and outlined the basics of my One Page Dungeon Contest 2018 submission. This week I decided to focus on creating the map for my submission. I have the general story and mechanics worked out on paper. However, it’s hard for me to design exactly what is going to be in each room […]

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