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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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On The Origins Of Orcs, Chapters 69-70

This entry is part 26 in the series Orcs & Elves

This entry is part 26 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! A number of interruptions today have left me with only two (rather longish) chapters complete. Since some future chapters have […]

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On The Origins Of Orcs, Chapters 66-68

This entry is part 25 in the series Orcs & Elves

This entry is part 25 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… I’m trying a slight change in layout this week, formatting the text more closely to that of a book than the […]

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Ghosts Of Blogs Past: An Air Of Mystery – Using an RPG to write mystery fiction

This irregular column resurrects (relevant) lost blog posts from Mike’s 2006 personal blog on Yahoo 360 and updates them with new relevance and perspective. Mysteries are hard to write. Ones for Roleplaying are even harder – or maybe that should be the other way around. There are a lot of unique challenges that have to […]

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On The Origins Of Orcs, Chapters 63-65

This entry is part 24 in the series Orcs & Elves

This entry is part 24 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… For those who read the player-redacted version of The Ages Of Existence (presented in Inventing & Reinventing Races in D&D: An […]

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