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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 Secret Arsenal Of Accents

How do you work accents into your speech patterns for voicing NPCs? I have three techniques that I use repeatedly, and two general principles that I rely on continuously. Today’s article is going to look at these five secret weapons in my characterization arsenal (some of which I have described before, I must admit, though […]

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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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Cinematic Combat Part 3 – The Absence Of Mechanics

This entry is part 3 in the series Cinematic Combat

This entry is part 3 in the series Cinematic Combat Why should the pace of gameplay be held hostage by combat mechanics? Anything else we can take or leave – we can assume success on any skill roll and get straight to the results. But combat? No – not unless we hand victories to the […]

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Compound Interruptions: Manipulating Pauses

This entry is part 4 in the series Further thoughts on Pacing

This entry is part 4 in the series Further thoughts on Pacing Sorry for the delay in posting this – my ISP is conducting maintenance of some sort, and my connection kept dropping out, making it hard to upload and format the article in the usual manner. Combinations So far, I’ve been looking at the […]

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Status Interruptus: Types Of Pause

This entry is part 3 in the series Further thoughts on Pacing

This entry is part 3 in the series Further thoughts on PacingIn part one of this series, I demonstrated that a pause or interruption in play can be enormously beneficial, if used correctly. Last week’s article examined before-pause and after-pause content and found that these had to match in order to extract that benefit, and […]

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New Beginnings: Phase X: Beginning

This entry is part 11 in the series New Beginnings

This entry is part 11 in the series New BeginningsIt’s not easy making a completely fresh start. This series has examined the process of creating a new campaign in detail, and at last, the new campaign is ready for the curtain to lift and the show to begin – right? Right? This isn’t the first […]

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Anatomy Of An Interruption – Endpoints

This entry is part 2 in the series Further thoughts on Pacing

This entry is part 2 in the series Further thoughts on Pacing Having established in part one of this series that a pause or interruption to play or to the primary plot being deployed within the game can be more than a necessary inconvenience, it can be a tool whose manipulation by a savvy GM […]

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Fogs, Clouds and Confusion: A Battlemap technique

Another filler post, I’m afraid – the next part of the New Beginnings series is turning out larger than I expected! I intended to get an early start on it yesterday, but thought of an article for later this week and started putting thoughts down on electronic “paper”, and totally lost track of time. Have […]

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New Beginnings: Phase 7: Skeleton

This entry is part 8 in the series New Beginnings

This entry is part 8 in the series New Beginnings It’s not easy making a completely fresh start. This series examines the process of creating a new campaign in detail. So far, we have a campaign plan and a development plan for the game world along with a schedule for that development. We’re now dotting […]

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Stealth Narrative – Imputed info in your game

I was incredibly tired after Co-GMing on Saturday – while the game session went well, this was only the second time that I have GM’d since undertaking a regime to control my blood sugar after the recent Diabetes diagnosis, and it took a lot more out of me than I expected. In fact, I ended […]

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