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Still More Wonders: Fifteen Amazing Locations for a Sci-Fi RPG

Officially, the Blog Carnival for September finished on Monday, and the October Blog Carnival has already started at first-time host of Dice and Dragons on the Halloween-inspired subject of “Spooky Spots” (best of luck with it, Scot!) – but I had one more article that I wanted to sneak under the wire. My last two […]

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Five More Wonders: Another assortment of Locations for a fantasy RPG

Last Thursday I delivered six locations for GMs to insert into their campaigns that celebrated the fantastic. You could argue that at least one Wonder Of The game-World should reflect what is unique about that particular campaign, and that by leaving a slot free, I achieved the mythical seven; but that presupposes that each of […]

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Six Wonders: A selected assortment of Wondrous Locations for a fantasy RPG

As a final dénouement of the articles on Wondrous Locations, I am offering a collection of wondrous places, all of which have been created just for this article (none are from my past campaigns). These aren’t quite as polished as I might have liked (I ran out of time), especially in terms of the descriptions […]

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Adjectivizing Descriptions: Hitting the target

How to describe wonders and monuments.

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Big Is Not Enough: Monuments and Places Of Wonder

Updated with an additional section in the comments Mention of Easter Island in a previous article has had me thinking about monuments and places of wonder, and what is needed to make them amazing. It’s a lesson that Australians in general don’t do very well at – hence “tourist attractions” like the “big prawn”, “big […]

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September 2013 Blog Carnival: Location, Location, Location!

Everything has to happen somewhere, and that means that locations are an essential element of RPGs and RPG settings. And that makes locations a worthy subject for this month’s Blog Carnival. Posts I would like to see as part of this month’s carnival are:- How do you choose a location? How do you represent a […]

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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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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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On The Origins Of Orcs, Chapters 59-62

This entry is part 23 in the series Orcs & Elves

This entry is part 23 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… This is the material that in the original plan (as revised a couple of weeks ago), would have been posted last […]

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On The Origins Of Orcs, Chapters 55-58

This entry is part 22 in the series Orcs & Elves

This entry is part 22 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 a peculiar thing when you’re writing. You are continually reshaping and tweaking the content to be included to make the […]

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On The Origins Of Orcs, Chapters 52-54

This entry is part 21 in the series Orcs & Elves

This entry is part 21 in the series Orcs & Elves I’ve so much prep to get done for the Fumanor Campaign that if I don’t do it here, I’ll never get it done in time… With this post, the regular Orcs and Elves series resumes. This content didn’t exist in the original draft, but […]

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