Lessons Learned: RPG Campaign Story Crafting

Post by Pete Watson-Wailes

rpg, writing, tabletop gaming, rpg campaign planning, gm tips

Main picture: Alice in wonderland by Gordon Tarpley You may have come across parts of this before - this is the final compiled version of a series of short posts that I previously put up separately to get feedback. This will be continually edited and improved into the future, but…

From the Community: Clarifications to & Lesser Known D&D Rules

Post by Pete Watson-Wailes

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LemonLord7 and Ripper62 from Reddit compiled these a large set of clarifications to and lesser-known rules. I thought I'd organise the list and tidy up the answers a little. Hopefully you'll find it a useful resource for next time there's an argument over one of them. Spells Casting a spell…

22 Film-Based RPG Campaign Ideas

Post by Pete Watson-Wailes

tabletop gaming, rpg, d&d

Someone recently posted up an interesting question, which got more than a few responses: What movies would like to see as an adventure? I thought the responses deserved a follow-up, so I pulled them all, worked out which were the most popular suggestions, and then created a short description for…

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…

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:…

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!…

GM Tools: Random Magic Item Generator

Post by Pete Watson-Wailes

rpg, tabletop gaming, gm and d&d tools

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

rpg, tabletop gaming

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…