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Epigrams Of Life and Gaming: Selection No. 2

This entry is part 2 in the series Epigrams Of Life & Gaming

This entry is part 2 in the series Epigrams Of Life & Gaming About the “Epigrams Of Mike” series: An epigram is a brief, interesting, memorable, and sometimes surprising or satirical statement. Usually under the hashtag #Musing, I have the habit of occasionally tweeting notions and thoughts and philosophizing; the 140-character limit of twitter (and […]

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Casual Opportunities For Priests: The Differential Encounters

This entry is part 5 in the series Casual Opportunities

This entry is part 5 in the series Casual OpportunitiesAt long last, it’s finished! It’s taken a long time to complete the final article in this set, mostly because I had to keep setting it aside to work on something that would meet the immediate deadline, but here (at last) it is… Introduction to part […]

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Casual Opportunities For Priests: The Common Encounters

This entry is part 4 in the series Casual Opportunities

This entry is part 4 in the series Casual Opportunities So far, I’ve looked at what all Modern Priest PCs have in common, and what made one Priest different to another, This third part, and the fourth to follow, are all about casual encounters to highlight these character features… Introduction to part 3 At first […]

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Casual Opportunities For Priests: Divergences and Differences

This entry is part 3 in the series Casual Opportunities

This entry is part 3 in the series Casual Opportunities The first part of this sub-series analyzed the basic character of the modern priest archetype, identified elements that representatives of that archetype all have in common, and along the way considered how to employ casual encounters to enhance and reveal the character’s basic role in […]

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Casual Opportunities For Priests: Analysis and Commonalities

This entry is part 2 in the series Casual Opportunities

This entry is part 2 in the series Casual Opportunities About the Casual Opportunities series: This series seeks to offer opportunities for PCs to reflect their primary role within a campaign. Opportunities for heroes to be heroes, for villains to be villains, for geeks to be geeks. It’s easy to become so focused on the […]

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The Heirarchy Of Deceipt: How and when to lie to your players

This irregular column resurrects lost blog posts about RPGs from Mike’s 2006-7 personal blog on Yahoo 360 and updates them with new relevance and perspective. One of the decisions every referee has to make is how much NOT to tell the players. To be blunt, the referee has to decide when to lie to his […]

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Epigrams Of Life and Gaming: Selection #1

This entry is part 1 in the series Epigrams Of Life & Gaming

An epigram is a brief, interesting, memorable, and sometimes surprising or satirical statement. I’ve been tweeting these for some time now. This article collects and discusses some of my best and most enlightening.

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Casual Opportunities: Mini-encounters for… Barbarians

This entry is part 1 in the series Casual Opportunities

This entry is part 1 in the series Casual Opportunities About the Casual Opportunities series: I realized recently that something is missing from my campaigns, and has been for a long time: casual opportunities for the PCs to establish their primary role within the campaign. Casual opportunities for heroes to be heroes, for villains to […]

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On The Origins Of Orcs, Chapters 78-85

This entry is part 31 in the series Orcs & Elves

This entry is part 31 in the series Orcs & Elves I’ve got so much campaign prep to get done that if I don’t do it here, I’ll never get it done in time…    A triple-sized serving of the Orcs and Elves series today, to make up for missing last week, and to wrap […]

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On The Origins Of Orcs, Chapters 75-77

This entry is part 30 in the series Orcs & Elves

This entry is part 30 in the series Orcs & Elves I’ve got so much campaign prep to get done that if I don’t do it here, I’ll never get it done in time… It’s all been leading to this! Although there are a few more chapters to come, this is the climax of the […]

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On The Origins Of Orcs, Chapter 74

This entry is part 29 in the series Orcs & Elves

This entry is part 29 in the series Orcs & Elves I’ve got so much campaign prep to get done that if I don’t do it publicly, I’ll never get it done in time! Only one chapter this time, but it’s a biggie… ************************************************************************************************* Clan Wars XIX: The Hidden Dragon Beneath the granite facade of […]

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On The Origins Of Orcs, Chapters 71-73

This entry is part 27 in the series Orcs & Elves

This entry is part 27 in the series Orcs & Elves I’ve got so much campaign prep to get done that if I don’t do it in public, I’ll never get it done in time… This was supposed to be just two chapters, but at the last minute I broke the first into two smaller, […]

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