Player Tips: 18-ish D&D Character Backstory Questions

Post by Pete Watson-Wailes

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Main picture: Bronze Carved Dice by Ty Konzak When creating a new character for a campaign (or for a book or anything else really), it's useful to have a fleshed-out backstory. That way, whenever you have to improv how your character responds, you'll have a thorough understanding of how their…

Beasts of Xasine

Post by Pete Watson-Wailes

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There are myths about the Sleeping Ones; the people of great power from the time before who made the world the way it is today. Long since gone, their children nonetheless remain, in the world of Xasine. It is a strange and dangerous land, filled with weird and wonderful creatures,…

From the Community: D&D Custom Character Sheets

Post by Pete Watson-Wailes

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I came across a beautiful character sheet this morning, and decided that I'd have a nose around for inspiration for custom character sheets. Below are the top five I found, and the people who've created them. Jennifer Nix Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jentendo666 Twitter: https://twitter.com/jentendo666 YouTube:…

Lessons Learned: Character Arc and Development

Post by Pete Watson-Wailes

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Main picture: Alice in wonderland by Gordon Tarpley Previously in the series: Creating an RPG campaign story RPG Character Alignment Examples & Motivation Continuing our series of of looking at storycrafting, we've examined part of characterisation in looking at Alignment Examples & Motivation, and we're continuing on the character theme…

GM Tools: Random Trap Generator

Post by Pete Watson-Wailes

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Main picture: matte background by Futurilla I built this as a minor tool for generating ideas for traps when I need the party to encounter something that slows them down. Hopefully you'll find it useful. Enjoy!…

GM Tools: Random Plot Hook Generator

Post by Pete Watson-Wailes

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Main picture: matte background by Futurilla I built this as a minor tool for generating interesting inciting incidents and plot hooks for one-shots or more free-form campaigns. Hopefully you'll find it useful. Enjoy!…

Lessons Learned: RPG Character Alignment Examples & Motivation

Post by Pete Watson-Wailes

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Main picture: Alice in wonderland by Gordon Tarpley In my recent piece looking at creating an RPG campaign story, I mentioned there are two parts of stories that are to do with characters: character arc and characterisation. One of the larger parts of the latter of those in RPGs is…

GM Tools: Random Magic Item Generator

Post by Pete Watson-Wailes

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Main picture: matte background by Futurilla I built this as a minor tool for generating interesting things for loot or items for parties to discover. Poke the button to create a new suggestion. The things it suggests often won't make sense as a complete item, so I find it works…

GM Tips: Keeping Player's Engaged

Post by Pete Watson-Wailes

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Main picture: A Handbook of Rome and the Campagna When it comes to running any tabletop RPG, be that D&D or Numenera, Call of Cthulhu or Paranoia, the touchstone for you as a GM has to be this: Keep your players engaged with the story Everything else comes…

Lessons Learned: Top 11 GM Tips

Post by Pete Watson-Wailes

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Main picture: Alice in wonderland by Gordon Tarpley If you're newer to running adventures, here's some tips from my experience over the years. Hopefully you'll find them useful. 1. Peaks and Valleys You can't just "get to the good stuff" all the time. The good stuff is only good because…