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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.
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!
Grains of Sandbox Plot
Adventure plot and sandbox games might seem contradictory. These two things can actually be reconciled, if you're mindful about it. Generalization, improvisation and more are important when giving your sandbox RPG flavorful plot. Here are some short-and-sweet tips for how to pull that off.
Homebrewing Creatures, Abilities and Rules
The rules don't account for every eventuality. GMs all over add, bend and break rules all the time. Those rules which remain consistent from session to session may come in the form of monsters or new abilities. Here's what you need to do before making your own creatures, abilities or house rules.
How to Use Dice Log
All your friends moved to distant corners of the world? The gaming group is no more? Can't find people in your area to game with? Nonsense! Even with those pesky dice-sneaking cheaters, you're never too isolated to game. Hamete Virtual Dice Server has you covered.
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