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Influence and Control During RPGs
The other players may frustrate you, as well as calls made by the GM, but there's a big difference between what's within your control and what isn't. Don't try to force the game into what you want it to be. This article shows you what you can do about irritating GM calls and obnoxious players.
Moving the Story Along
There's more to being a Dungeon Master than being a rules encyclopedia. Drama, suspense, intrigue – the show must go on! Here's some tips on how to remember what to do when the rules detract from the story itself. Remember: the rules serve the story and not the other way around.
NPC Cohorts and Hired Hands
Your party lacks a healer and they hit the bar at the next town. Who is available to hire? More importantly, who will decide what they will do in combat? Many concerns arise when the characters adopt a cohort or take on hired help. Here's what you need to know.
Party Leadership and Alternative Options
Each group needs their leader. Some leaders really drag the group down, though. How do you decide which player should take the hot seat? Arbitrary selection rarely fixes the issue. Through examining what the leader is supposed to do this article offers a short and sweet solution for your party.
Player Characters Becoming Dungeon Masters
You've been playing for enough time to feel that you'd be more happy behind the DM screen. Whether that's one game or a more than a year's worth varies with the individual. Not sure about what all that change entails? It takes less than you might think.
Productive Tips to Streamline Prep
Work, school, cleaning and then prepare the game? Something all GMs learn to remain efficient and keep up with their own lives is streamline the prep process. While that means different things from one person to the next, here's four tips when you've got fewer (or shorter) blocks of time to spend.
Role Playing Games Free Newsletter
Want to see what's new at the Bella Online RPG site? Curious about updates in the forum? How about a sneak peek of upcoming articles? This is where you'll find all you need to know about our role-playing games newsletter.
Role-Playing for Personal Evolution
Why do we role-play? Is fun the only reason? If you've ever been asked or wondered then this article is for you. A great deal of personal growth comes from role-playing. Here's four benefits which are not as easy to come by through any other medium.
Role-Playing Game Social Contracts
You may have heard of social contracts before: common understandings among a group of people, either explicit or implied. Oftentimes they're both. Role-playing games utilize this concept very often. Understanding what it has to do with your game and your group is important.
Role-Playing Games and Social Intelligence
Role-playing games are good for more than a pastime. Valuable life skills such as social intelligence are gained from role-playing. From anticipating the appropriate thing to say all the way to appreciating differences in values, the experience we gain from this hobby translates to our lives.
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