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Magic ItemsPlanar Mysteries

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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UA: Races of Ravnica Breakdown

Like a lot of people, my money was on this month’s UA being the Artificer, but I guess that’s coming in September. Instead, we get four new races from the upcoming Ravnica setting. I’m excited about Ravnica overall, for virtue ...
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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, ...
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Using Security More Effectively in Your Games P3

In the first part of the series we covered the distinction between security officers and the police, and why the distinction is necessary in a game, how security officer’s professionalism, technology/ magic, and crowd control and monitoring can make a ...
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Using Real World Locations in Your Games

You probably know your hometown well – and probably the surrounding areas as well. You know its streets, landmarks, people, the places where people gather, etc. So why not use these things in your adventures to make your gaming world ...
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5 Ways to Save Your Campaign from Summer Vacation

This week on the Campaign Trail, I’m looking at vacations and how to make sure your campaign survives the summer months. Summer is awesome, but it can create challenges to running your scheduled campaign each week, month or whenever. I ...
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Using Art in Your Game P4

Last time we covered what we’re able to do with the art terminology, what the art is, where and how it was done. This time we’ll talk about the art market itself and patronage. To begin, let’s define an art ...
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Living Clay People

I play a lot of fantasy 4X games. This shouldn’t surprise you; I wrote an egregiously long series on domain management games! Well, okay, there are wildly more games in the genre than anyone could play, and I don’t have ...
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Top Ways to Incorporate a Fighting Video Game Feel Into ...

Fighting video games are set up for flying fists, feet and fireballs, all of which make for quick action and resolution. Such games seem to come in three varieties. The first type is the tournament style where you have two ...
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Playing in a Prepper & Survivalist Campaign P2

What happens in the case of the collapse of society? Such things have happened in the past and are sure to happen again. Last time we compared and contrasted preppers and survivalists, talked about societal collapse, preparations made, skills the ...