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What Dungeon Designers can learn from “Bomb Chicken”

(Author’s note: this article is going to be somewhat different than my normal articles, being both gameplay review and interesting design features that GMs / dungeon designers can use in their games. To be fair, I did not actually play ...
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Roleplaying Religions Right – Part 3

For the most part, religions and belief systems are things we experience as a mostly passive participant in their development in our daily lives. Many of us are indoctrinated into a religion or belief system from an early age, partaking ...
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Ways to Make “Classic Character Introductions” more interesting

(Author’s note: Sorry I’ve not been publishing articles lately. I’ve had an eventful few months with stolen laptops, having to move home unexpectedly, massive travel time, and being under the weather. In any case, I have a new laptop that’ll ...
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Roleplaying Religions Right P2

For the most part, religions and belief systems are things we experience as a mostly passive participant in their development in our daily lives. Many of us are indoctrinated into a religion or belief system from an early age and ...
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Roleplaying Religions Right

(Author note: this is another article that has been bouncing around my head due to working at the Art Institute of Chicago. Shameless Plug: Presently, through December 31st, 2018 there’s a special exhibit there called “James Webb Prayer” where over ...
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Playing Canines in Your Game P2

Many times, roleplaying games give information without giving the DMs anything to work with as far as how they might act as real-world creatures. But in order to help out the suspension of disbelief, DMs need to be able to ...
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Playing Canines in Your Game P1

Many times, roleplaying games give information without giving the DMs anything to work with as far as how they might act as real-world creatures. But in order to help out the suspension of disbelief, DMs need to be able to ...
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What We Can Learn from Platforming Video Games

The video game industry has many classic platforming franchises under its belt: everything from Super Mario Bros and Sonic the Hedgehog to Castlevania and Jak and Daxter. Adapting the concepts and style of play of these games can be a ...
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New Artifact: Destroyer of Hope

(Author’s note: The Destroyer of Hope is an artifact that can be put into any high magic campaign for a mid-level challenge. I hope you enjoy! Also, please note that I give example spells from various versions of D&D as ...
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A look at character attributes and race

Part 1: Disabilities In most games in order to create a character you need to possess certain levels of various character attributes. But instead of saying that “due to X race (or monster) not having an attribute level of Y, ...