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Weaving Event Based Plot Arcs
Where are your players now? Will they know what's coming next? What should you foreshadow? Do their actions impact the story at all? If you've wondered these questions as a game master then this article is for you. Organize your plot hooks and arcs using this tried-and-true technique.
The Truth About Dice
Dice have no heart. They can be cruel or they can be kind. What are their intentions and how do they line up to yours? What could probability possibly have to do with dice? There is 'magic' when it comes to rolling dice but where it stems from may surprise you.
Tactfully Running an RPG
Game mastering has a few tricky points regarding etiquette that differ from many other activities. Some game masters even go to auto-pilot and throw politeness out the window. Don't let that happen to you! Here's some tips on how to stay tactful and run a game at the same time.
Sniffing Out a Railroaded Plot
The bartender. Their patron. Maybe even the cat. One of these creatures is inexplicably invulnerable. Inexplicably in the game world anyway. Outside the game it's called railroading. In different ways it haunts game tables all over. Here's how to tell if your adventure is on rails or not.
Simple Riddle Composition for DMs
Have you designed the perfect dungeon but lack a puzzling riddle? Do your players love intellectual challenges but you can't just put in a riddle you find on the internet? This guide will show you a quick and simple way of making your own riddles to perplex your players!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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