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From the twisted imagination of writer J.M. Perkins comes a weekly feature (each Tuesday) about a new system agnostic setting, concept, or toy you can use for any system from Fate to D&D.

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Make Maps | Leave Gaps – 3 Ways to Balance ...

I was thinking recently about the RPG design philosophy ‘Make Maps, Leave Gaps.’ Basically, this sentiment translates to ‘have some details, but leave space for inspiration/player interest to create the environment.’ Which, for me, has me wondering what level of ...
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A Lich for Every Class: The Paths of Transcendence (Part ...

This is the second part of a multi-part series about the character classes developing until they become ‘lich-like;’ that is, following the path of their power until they become something more or less than human. You can read the first ...
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The Fantasy Cold War: Synoma

‘Adventuring’ is weird. In a geopolitical sense, you have these supremely powerful beings (aka murder hoboes) exploring the world, thwarting (or occasionally enacting) plots that represent an existential threat to the planet, and (perhaps more intriguing) recovering artifacts & magics ...
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Alternate Magic: The Power of Sensory Deprivation

A friend of mine was telling me about the concept (via 4th Edition Dungeons and Dragons) of the Shadowfell; a dark reflection of the mundane regularly leaking into the prime material world. Or, alternately, even when you thought you were walking ...
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A Lich for Every Class: The Paths to Transcendence

This is Part 1 of a Multipart Series | Part 2 Inspired by this post on the fabulous Goblin Punch blog about an immortal, evil, ‘lichlike’ path available for fighters, I’ve been thinking about Liches and the ‘other class’ equivalents ...
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System Agnostic: The City of Salt in Wounds is Back ...

Hey all you tribality peeps. If you regularly follow this (much neglected) column then you might know about my setting The City of Salt in Wounds that I was writing about regularly before taking a break. If you’re unfamiliar, Salt ...
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Survivalist Gaming Ending, System Agnostic Irregularity, and the Future of ...

Hey there gentle tribality reader. J.M. Perkins here, proud to have been able to write my two weekly columns for Tribality for the last three months. The time has come for me to make a couple changes with my writing ...
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System Agnostic: Fisher Binding (Epic Spell)

This epic level magic binds a specific office (a kingship, mayoral office, or other… although lesser offices can usually not afford the incredibly steep material costs of the spell) with a specific land. While this spell is in effect, the ...
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System Agnostic: The Ring of Vainglory (Magical Item)

The Ring of Vainglory (usually -falsely- referred to as a Ring of Courage) is a intricate, looping band of platinum set with beautiful obsidian inserts. Even without knowledge of its magical nature, the ring is an stunning work of art ...
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System Agnostic: Salt in Wounds [pt 4] – Briddu Yittano, ...

New website for Salt in Wounds! Briddu Yittano Race: Human, Male Age: 35 Affiliation: God-Butchers (Journeyman) Description: Briddu Yittano is a large, heavily muscled man with black hair and gray eyes. His face is well lined from a hard life, ...