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How to: Time traveling in RPGs – Timeline Changing

Thumbnail Image from Steins;Gate anime With the whole Do-Over part already out of the way, today is time to dive into probably one of the most complex ways to time travel. This time-traveling method shares many similarities with the Do-Over: ...
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How to: Time traveling in RPGs – Do Over: The ...

Thumbnail image from Looper movie Last article we talked about how Do Over Time Traveling works, and how it branches into two different categories. These two are The Loop and The Reset, which despite sharing many similarities they provide widely ...
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How to: Time traveling in RPGs – Do Over: The ...

Thumbnail Image from the Groundhog Day movie Welcome to my time-traveling series in RPGs. Today we will be covering how to handle the Do-Over method of time traveling. In order to do that, we will need to firstly analyze how ...
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Foreshadowing: Analyzing Chekhov’s gun in RPGs

You may have heard of Chekhov’s gun rule used by many writers. Since I first heard of it I started to notice it everywhere in the media. I even started noticing it in my RPG sessions, one of many appearing ...
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How to: Time traveling in RPGs

Thumbnail image from Back to the Future Back to the Future, Dark, Doctor Who, Groundhog Day, even Avengers Endgame have used the trope of time travel. Time travel is a concept that has intrigued the human mind for centuries, occupying ...
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More Faction Ranks’ benefits for your players

In my previous article, I tried to create something that would make the players care about their faction. If you don’t give them some benefit from scaling in them there’s nothing that will make them want to join one. Creating ...
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Party Roles for Player Characters (with in-game mechanics!)

Thumbnail Art by Pablo Agurcia Whenever I hear some old school D&D player say players had to map out dungeons and continents back in the day I get astonished. There’s something about that style of play that I love (as ...
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How to create a story through your dungeon, Part 2

Thumbnail art by Wadim Kashin Two weeks ago I started explaining how it is that great dungeons work. What makes a dungeon great and unforgettable? I had a list of things you must take into consideration, using tips from some ...
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How to create a story through your dungeon, Part 1

Thumbnail art by Brandon Rush Fighter: Why does this dungeon have a window that shows a bunch of rocks when it is clearly down in the middle of a mountain? Artificer: There surely is a story to be told about ...
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Five D&D Creatures That Punch Above Their Challenge Rating

A huge part of being a Dungeon Master is choosing monsters for the players to face. Although combat encounters can occur that the DM didn’t expect, usually the DM takes time to craft an encounter. They try to create a ...