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Essential Reference Library for Pulp GMs (and others): 7th Shelf

This entry is part 8 in the series The Essential Reference Library for Pulp GMs (and others) Another monster post (18,400 words), another late posting. I once swore that I would never be involved in anything this large and complicated on a weekly deadline again; but every two or three years, it seems, overconfidence or […]

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Blog Carnival Anchor – Ordinary Life (Nov 2016) plus, How Long Should Potions Last?

In addition to everything else I have going on here at Campaign Mastery, next month we are scheduled to host the Blog Carnival. The current carnival over at of Dice and Dragons is all about potions, and – despite having covered that subject in depth in the first part of the Spell Storage Solutions series […]

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The Bigger They Are, The Bigger The Headache: The Proxemics Of Scale

I’ve been thinking a lot about the size of creatures lately, because it seems to me that size poses unexpected problems for the GM. This is a subject that’s been at the back of my mind for years, ever since it was pointed out to me that Dragons are never as tough as they are […]

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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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Three Coins In The Luck Machine: a different take on game control

A guest article by Boris R. If you think that slot machines and RPG games are complete opposites, you’re wrong. You can enhance your game world by taking a lesson from slots and increasing the unpredictability of your game. Pure Luck Let’s talk about Slot machines, also known as fruit machines and poker machines. These […]

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Basics For Beginners (and the over-experienced) Part 9: Rewards With Intent

This 15-part series is an attempt to answer the question, “what advice do you have for a beginning GM?”, three articles at a time – while throwing in tips and reminders of the basics for more experienced GMs. This is the last article of the current trilogy. Rewards: Tabula Rasa To most beginning GMs, and […]

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Not Just Another Pointy Stick: Spell Storage Solutions Pt 3b

This entry is part 4 in the series Spell Storage Solutions

This entry is part 4 in the series Spell Storage Solutions For anyone who didn’t know, and who hasn’t noticed the change to the masthead, Campaign Mastery was honored with the Silver Ennie for Best RPG Blog over the weekend, beaten only by the World Builder blog run by a long-time twitter-friend and supporter, James […]

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Just Another Pointy Stick I: Spell Storage Solutions Pt 3a

This entry is part 3 in the series Spell Storage Solutions

This entry is part 3 in the series Spell Storage Solutions This is the third part of an intermittent series that will examine alternatives and possible implications to the standard spell storage solutions built into D&D, Pathfinder, and, in fact, most fantasy games. Unfortunately, it has grown so large that I have no choice but […]

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All Wounds Are Not Alike V: Narcotic Healing (part 2)

This entry is part 7 in the series All Wounds Are Not Alike

This entry is part 7 in the series All Wounds Are Not Alike It has often been suggested that players get addicted to the ease of healing that comes with “Holy Water Drip Bottle” syndrome. And that prompted me to ask what would result from making it really addictive, with all the associated problems that […]

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All Wounds Are Not Alike V: Narcotic Healing (part 1)

This entry is part 6 in the series All Wounds Are Not Alike

This entry is part 6 in the series All Wounds Are Not Alike I wasn’t going to make this a two-part article, but – as happens all too often – there was simply too much to include in the one post. Part two of this article will appear next week. I’ve often seen it suggested […]

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He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Servomech: User-friendly Encumbrance in RPGs

This article was inspired by a Facebook post by Toolmaster way back in July 2015 on Dungeons & Dragons Memes, a facebook community run by The d20 Collective who offer various gaming-related clothing (and some cups) for sale. This post was then shared by GM’s Day, which is another Facebook community, this one run by […]

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Engagement vs Involvement: The forgotten balance

Every player, and more importantly, every PC, who is participating in an RPG is a member of a team. That team can be constructed to form an idealized “machine” if the players collaborate on their character designs, but more normally, things are looser. At best, you have the GM constructing a team model in which […]

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