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Ask The GMs: Many Hands, Mild Insanity: Large Groups Revisited

As I explained the last time I looked at large groups, I have only limited experience in the area, so this was one topic for which I definitely wanted to source a broader opinion base. The question at hand: If you are “fortunate” enough to have a large group of players, which games could you […]

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Not Like My Tribe – Sophisticated Primitives, Part 2

In Part 1 (make sure you have read it before continuing) I made reference to a map of Australian Aboriginal Languages which contrasted so strongly with the media stereotyping of these peoples as a single collective population that it was revelatory and inspirational. I meant to provide a link to that map, but ran out […]

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Not Like My Tribe – Sophisticated Primitives, Part 1

A lot of people seem to have the opinion that Primitive is the same thing as Simple. While I would hope that most GMs are better educated than this, that knowledge doesn’t seem to translate into their depictions of primitive societies within their games. Most Orcs, for example, are treated as being cookie-cutter representatives of […]

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Support Your Local Hero

Heroism is part and parcel of most fantasy campaigns and certainly central to Pulp and Superheroic Campaigns. In fact, most campaigns, driven by the need for drama, will incorporate heroism in some fashion, whether that be from greed/opportunity, enlightened self-interest, or the real deal. How can heroism stem from greed/opportunity? Heroism is doing the right […]

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All Over Bar The Shouting: Fantasy Tavern Generator Pt 6

This entry is part 6 in the series Mike's Fantasy Tavern/Inn Generator

This entry is part 6 in the series Mike’s Fantasy Tavern/Inn GeneratorPart one of this series used six tables to define the physical properties of a tavern (no guest accommodations) or inn (with guest accommodations), plus – because the modifiers needed were at hand – the meals provided by the kitchens. Part two used another […]

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Draw Another Pint: Mike’s Fantasy Tavern Generator Pt 5

This entry is part 5 in the series Mike's Fantasy Tavern/Inn Generator

This entry is part 5 in the series Mike’s Fantasy Tavern/Inn GeneratorPart one of this series used six tables to define the physical properties of a tavern (no guest accommodations) or inn (with guest accommodations), plus – because the modifiers needed were at hand – the meals provided by the kitchens. Part two used another […]

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Going down to the pub: Mike’s Fantasy Tavern Generator Pt 4

This entry is part 4 in the series Mike's Fantasy Tavern/Inn Generator

This entry is part 4 in the series Mike’s Fantasy Tavern/Inn GeneratorPart one of this series used six tables to define the physical properties of a tavern (no guest accommodations) or inn (with guest accommodations), plus – because the modifiers needed were at hand – the meals provided by the kitchens. Part two used another […]

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The Robber’s End (and other establishments)

This entry is part 3 in the series Mike's Fantasy Tavern/Inn Generator

This entry is part 3 in the series Mike’s Fantasy Tavern/Inn GeneratorPart one of this series used six tables to define the physical properties of a tavern (no guest accommodations) or inn (with guest accommodations), plus – because the modifiers needed were at hand – the meals provided by the kitchens. Part two used another […]

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The Spotted Parrot (and other establishments)

This entry is part 2 in the series Mike's Fantasy Tavern/Inn Generator

This entry is part 2 in the series Mike’s Fantasy Tavern/Inn Generator In part one of this series, six tables (and one set of subtables) defined the physical properties of a tavern (no guest accommodations) or inn (with guest accommodations), plus – because the modifiers needed were at hand – the meals provided by the […]

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The Palomino and Fox (and other establishments)

This entry is part 1 in the series Mike's Fantasy Tavern/Inn Generator

This entry is part 1 in the series Mike’s Fantasy Tavern/Inn GeneratorThe Palomino and Fox and other establishments: Mike’s Fantasy Tavern Generator Pt 1 Preface As part of the series on Beginner GMs, I promised a Fantasy Tavern Generator after showing how you could start with one Tavern and ring in variation after variation as […]

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A Vague Beginning

Having just finished the “New Beginnings” series only a few weeks ago, I had no intention of publishing another article on the subject of campaign design for quite a while. Plans changed… An Endless Vista All campaigns start on a blank sheet of paper, which presents an endless vista of possibilities. This is not all […]

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Shadows In The Darkness – The nature of True Evil

It started in the course of a planning session for the next adventure in the Adventurer’s Club (Pulp) campaign, “Prison Of Jade”. We were fleshing out the villain’s motivations, and I (Mike) made a comment about the nature of Evil. Blair disagreed, saying “I don’t think that’s true evil at all” (or words to that […]

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