Hazards of Combat: What is a combat hazard?

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This entry is part 1 in the series Hazards of CombatThrow hazards into your combats to make fights more interesting, regardless of game systm or genre. Dungeons and Dragons, for example, has always promoted dungeon masters using traps and difficult terrain, though in the latest edition there seems to be more urgency for doing this. […]

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Hazards of Combat: Craft a spirited name for your hazards

This entry is part 2 in the series Hazards of Combat

This entry is part 2 in the series Hazards of CombatThe first helping hand you can offer your poor, underrated and under-appreciated combat hazards is to give them a great name. A name with gusto, panache, or spirit gives hazards a surge of vitality and interest. A great name inspires. Instead of calling the mud […]

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Types Of Combat Hazards – Terrain

This entry is part 3 in the series Hazards of Combat

This entry is part 3 in the series Hazards of CombatThere are many kinds of combat hazards, such as giant bubbles that trap combatants who bump into them, or a narrow band of strong wind that pushes combatants around. GMs often do not have enough variety in their hazard selections. Use these categories to inspire […]

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Types Of Combat Hazards – Environment

This entry is part 4 in the series Hazards of Combat

This entry is part 4 in the series Hazards of CombatThe first type of hazard we talked about was Terrain. Another variety of combat hazard is environmental. What are the physical surroundings like? Are there any interesting global effects in place? My definition of environmental hazard is one that affects everyone. If a hazard is […]

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Types Of Combat Hazards – Traps

This entry is part 5 in the series Hazards of Combat

This entry is part 5 in the series Hazards of CombatTraps in some game systems are standalone elements. However, I consider them a hazard if they factor into a combat in any way. Encounters without combat that just have traps in them I would consider hazardous for your health, but not a combat hazard. Traps […]

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