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Blog Carnival November 2016: The Ordinary Life of a Fantasy PC

This is an article in two parts – the first dealing with character backstories during character generation, and the second dealing with them during play. It is also the second of five articles scheduled to be part of the November 2016 Blog Carnival, which Campaign Mastery is hosting. The carnival subject is “ordinary life” – […]

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Essential Reference Library for Pulp GMs (and others): 6th Shelf

This entry is part 7 in the series The Essential Reference Library for Pulp GMs (and others)The Sixth Shelf: Hardware I: Weapons, Things, and Science – Introduction by Mike Pulp technology and science is a very strange animal. It can encompass everything from steampunk to space opera, Monoplanes to UFOs, and yet it remains grounded […]

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Blog Carnival November 2016: The Everyday Life of a GM

This is the first of five articles scheduled to be part of the November 2016 Blog Carnival, which Campaign Mastery is hosting. The carnival subject is “ordinary life” – in this case, the ordinary life of a GM and how it impacts his game… This article was within about 3 hours of completion, some 4 […]

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Stalking Fear: The Creepy in Non-creepy genres

This is being written on October 31, which is one of those Iconic dates in North America and catching on (thanks to the marketing muscle of various supermarkets and retailers, who are always looking for an angle that will persuade you to buy something extra) through large parts of the rest of the world. This […]

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Essential Reference Library for Pulp GMs (and others): 5th Shelf

This entry is part 6 in the series The Essential Reference Library for Pulp GMs (and others) Finally, it’s done! This has turned into the largest single post ever published by Campaign Mastery, and by a huge margin. So, what happened? Well, when the initial blowout took place I calculated, based on the Europe results, […]

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Essential Reference Library for Pulp GMs (and others): 4th Shelf

This entry is part 5 in the series The Essential Reference Library for Pulp GMs (and others) The Fourth Shelf: The Exotic Places Another delayed post, caused by the same expansion that caused trouble last time – and will again cause delays once more. Reluctantly, it has become necessary to revise both the breakdown and […]

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Essential Reference Library for Pulp GMs (and others): 3rd Shelf

This entry is part 4 in the series The Essential Reference Library for Pulp GMs (and others) The Third Shelf: More-Ordinary Places We struggled a little in trying to find a good summary for this shelf’s contents, the first of two dealing with locations and geography. Locations are important to any RPG – that’s why […]

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ATGMs42: The Hollow Echo Part 2 – Musical Traps

This is (still) the fifth of these Ask-The-GMs that I’m tackling without recourse to my usual allies and fellow-GMs. Traps and puzzles are always a tricky problem for the GM. All too often they focus attention on one particular character and leave the rest sitting around doing nothing, possibly for what feels like an extraordinary […]

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Essential Reference Library for Pulp GMs (and others): 2nd Shelf

This entry is part 3 in the series The Essential Reference Library for Pulp GMs (and others)The Second Shelf: Villains & Famous Real People Heroes are nothing without villains, at least not in a Pulp environment (though it’s also true of most other forms of gaming). Each of them has to be distinctive and interesting […]

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The Ultimate Weapon: Spell Storage Solutions Pt 5

This entry is part 6 in the series Spell Storage Solutions

This entry is part 6 in the series Spell Storage Solutions This is the (almost-) final part of a very intermittent series that examines alternatives and possible implications to the standard spell storage solutions built into D&D, Pathfinder, and, in fact, most fantasy games. Today, We look at Relics and Artifacts. Artifacts are some of […]

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Essential Reference Library for Pulp GMs (and others): 1st Shelf

This entry is part 2 in the series The Essential Reference Library for Pulp GMs (and others)The First Shelf: Heroes & PCs Heroes are at the heart of a Pulp campaign, as much if not more than any other genre (with the possible exception of Superheroes – but you could draw a continuous line running […]

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The Hollow Echo Part 1 – Adding Music To Your Game

Music can provide an iconic trigger that instantly transports the listener into an associated memory. Soundtracks and scores for Film and TV have long recognized this effect and played on it. You might not know it, but every major character in a movie or TV show has their own “theme”, a handful of notes, usually […]

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