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A guide to Hexcrawling, Part 2: New Hexcrawling mechanic

Thumbnail art was created by WotC, modified by user windup on Reddit to not contain Spoilers for players [Entering the link may contain spoilers] All right! I’ve been doing some research, done some math, and am eager to show you ...
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Examining Big Hero 6: Character Origins for your games

Big Hero 6 is a movie released on November 7, 2014, from Walt Disney Animation Studios. The film tells the story of a young robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada who forms a superhero team to combat a masked villain. It ...
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Alternate Barbarian Rages

Both Colin and my friend Stephen have done some great writing about barbarians, thanks to the experience of having two barbarians in the party at the same time. You should definitely read what they have to say, but the short ...
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Creating a Magic System P4

A roleplaying magic system can be a pretty cut and dry thing: a spell list, damage, area of effect, and so on, but if done correctly, it can do so much more. Properly done, a magic system can be used ...
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Game prep improvisational tips

You prepared an entire dungeon full of enemies for your players to traverse. They managed to kill all the kobolds except from one, who they plan to interrogate. First question: “What’s your name?”. Now Random Kobold #12 needs a quick ...
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Creating a Futuristic Campaign Setting P1

When one thought of the future years ago, people envisioned flying cars, intergalactic space travel complete with aliens, and robots everywhere doing the types of things that the average joe didn’t want to do. Since then, the ideas of the ...
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Create tense/horror scenes in your game

Thumbnail art by Anton Fadeev The nobleman you believe to be the head of a cult just left the house, his majordomo went to the room upstairs, and your infiltration as a guard was a complete success. What’s your next ...
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The Artificer Class, Part Seven

Now that my review copy of Eberron: Rising from the Last War has arrived, I’m starting my breakdown of it by finishing up the History of the Artificer series. As a reminder, this class went through multiple rounds of public ...
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How to handle Downtime Investigation

Thumbnail art by Kemal Gunel I’ve been running with some trouble in the past on how to run a fun downtime session (or at least part of a session). This made me reevaluate how to run them. I looked in ...
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Creating a Magic System, P3

A roleplaying magic system can be a pretty cut and dry thing: a spell list, damage, area of effect, and so on, but if done correctly, it can do so much more. Properly done, a magic system can be used ...