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Descriptive and Narrative Fight Scenes
Does “the kobold cleaves into your biceps with the blade of his spear” appeal to you more than “they hit you?” Odds are it's more appetizing for both you and the rest of your group. During long combat hauls, interesting narration can be difficult to maintain. Here's how to keep the spice in.

Dice and Skill Modifiers
What's with those numbers on the character sheet? Is this a role-playing game or a math quiz?! There's a good reason numbers, dice and RPGs go so well together: probability. Games involving dice simulate facets of the world we live in, including randomness. Here's an analysis of how that works.

Dungeon Maps Made Simple
Your players are traveling overland and they've run across some underground ruins. Those ruins are going to need a map! Here's what you should consider when making those maps, a game which makes fantasy cartography fun, and a link to an online resource for quick generic maps.

Dungeon Master Preparation Pitfalls
You're a dungeon master. The next session is very soon but you're too busy to prepare it. Maybe this is you or maybe you just prep a lot of tabletop role-playing games. Here's a small list of things to keep in mind that will save you time and effort while enhancing your game.

Easy to Role-Play Character Flaws
You've got a need to role-play. Not just anything, either -- you want to role-play a daring hero. They've got might, wit, and an incredible loathing for... "Spiders! Ahh! Get it away!!!" Here's some quick and easy character flaws for your next session (including phobias).

Feeling Out an RPG Group
Joining a new gamer group? Enthusiasm for the game isn't sufficient if the group itself isn't in line with what you enjoy. There are many things to think about when choosing whether or not to join. Here's four criteria you can use to test drive that new RPG group.

Festivals Give Campaigns Verisimilitude
Want to add body to your world without tangential side quests? Parades and banquets happen all over the world for many different reasons. Your players can give their characters some hard-earned rest and relaxation, unless something sinister awaits! Here are a few sample fêtes to get you started.

Focused Prep is Practical Prep
While brainstorming is great for jumpstarting your imagination, creative meandering can detract greatly from your session preparation time. Creativity shouldn't be kept to a strict schedule, either. Here's how to make sure you have what you need prepared with limited segues.

Four Essential Play-by-Internet Rules
Grab your rulebook. Finish your character sheet. Ready your keyboard! Role-playing games have taken to the internet so now we can game with people all over the world, on our own time. New problems arise with asynchronous gaming – here's how to keep those issues from affecting you.

Game Masters Sharing Their Knowledge
Entertainment is something RPGs have covered. We love to squash dragons like bugs and take the baron up on his reward offer. There's a lot we can learn during, too, mostly depending on what the GM puts in the game. Not the shift the night watch takes – actual knowledge in RPG form. Come read!

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