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Top ways to terrify your players, Part 1

(Author’s note: I thought I’d take a break from my “Plants” series to give a series on the tropes in horror, as it’s appropriate for Halloween. Enjoy) What do the Castlevania series, Friday the 13th franchise, Steven King’s book Tommyknockers, ...
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Top 30 ways of using plants and plant parts in ...

(Author’s note: this was a thought experiment to see how plants and plant parts that are used in everyday life could be incorporated into a game. This is part 2 of 3) PART 1 A world’s flora can add interest ...
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Top 30 Ways of Using Plants and Plant Parts in ...

(Author’s note: this was a thought experiment to see how plants and plant parts that are used in everyday life could be incorporated into a game. This is part 1 of 3) A world’s flora can add interest to a ...
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Top 8 ways to make prophecies more powerful in your ...

Prophecy is a classic way to kick off the plot for any campaign setting, whether the PCs are the subject of the prophecy or the BBEG is. It can also show up as something that is constantly in the background, ...
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Top 8 Tips for running a Western Style Game

(Author’s note: I have a free self-published book, P5 Westerns: People, Places, Powers, Possessions, Powers, & Plot. If you would like a more in depth breakdown, feel free to contact me and I’ll send you a copy.) Playing a campaign ...
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Ways of Using Sounds in Your Tabletop RPG

(Author’s note: I am not affiliated with, nor do I own any of the products I am providing reviews for. All product information is adapted from their respective websites) Before we begin, we need to have some idea as to ...
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Using Tokens in Your Game, Part 2

What do the Shovel Knight’s magical shovel1, “Scrooge McDuck’s” lucky dime2, Thom Merlin’s colorful cape3, the barbarian’s totem, and your lucky “get laid” underwear all have in common? They’re symbols of a characters personality, tokens of who they are, what ...
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Using Tokens in Your Game Part 1

What do Presto’s magic cap1, “Dollar Bill’s” sword necklace2, Linus’ blanket3, the rogue’s lucky dice, and your lucky rabbit’s foot keychain all have in common? They’re symbols of a characters personality, tokens of who they are, what they stand for, ...
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Dealing With Difficult Topics in RPGs

(Author’s note: this article will be a bit different than the ones that I have written in the past because it is explicitly aimed at the group dynamic, not the ones running the game per se. Also, please pardon the ...
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One Dozen Ways to Make Familiars More Memorable

Before we begin let’s define what a familiar is. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, a familiar is: a spirit often embodied in an animal and held to attend and serve or guard a person According to the Collins dictionary: an evil ...