#RPGaDAY 2016, Day 16: Keeping Track of NPCs

Another question from Tracy Barnett, "How do you prefer to keep track of your game's NPCs and characters?" When I'm in a face-to-face game, I use index cards (which should be on sale right now at the beginning of the school year), but I used to use a binder. For online games, I use a word document. Continue reading “#RPGaDAY 2016, Day 16: Keeping Track of NPCs” »...
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#RPGaDAY 2016, Day 15: Player-Driven Gaming

Well, it has been quite a bit of time since I've been able to write about #RPGaDAY. Truthfully, I was busy laying out roleplaying game books and other miscellany. One of these projects was Unknown Armies, which has a group setting and character creation section that's really fun, which leads into this day's question about the role of a GM in your games. I started gaming in the 1980's. Back then, the way to play roleplaying games was you players were just that: playing in the GM's story. The person making up the game world and the story was a Dungeon Master or a Game Master. That guy was never referred to as a "player". Most games didn't allow for any player to affect the world except for reacting. Continue reading “#RPGaDAY 2016, Day 15: Player-Driven Gaming” »...
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#RPGaDAY 2016, Day 9: What is your favorite magic/hi-tech item in a tabletop rpg?

Ah, another question from Tracy Barnett! What's my favorite magic or high-tech item in a roleplaying game? My twitter answer: The Wand of Wonder. Point it at a target and who knows what's going to happen? Maybe you'll cast a fireball. Maybe you shoot a lightning bold from the wand. Maybe six hundred large butterflies pour forth from and flutter around, blinding everybody. Let's roll and find out! 88? Okay then! 10-40 gems of 1 gp base value shoot forth in a 3" long stream ((Something like 30 feet in game terms.)), each causing 1 hp of damage to any creature in path -- roll 5d4 for number of hits. It should be pointed out that I did have a character with a wand of wonder. It was a grommam (an orangutan-like race from Spelljammer) with Boots of Striding and Springing. Battle cry: "Eat randomness!" Continue reading “#RPGaDAY 2016, Day 9: What is your favorite magic/hi-tech item in a tabletop rpg?” »...
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