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frothsof 4e: Running 4e with Smaller Parties

frothsof 4e: Running 4e with Smaller Parties | rpg-news | Scoop.it

Just a short post today about the joys of small party play with 4th edition. When I run classic editions, I prefer a fairly sizable party. Running with 6 to 8 players is my sweet spot. Combat is easy to adjudicate, as I tend to use side-based initiative, with the party declaring actions prior to rolling initiative. This reduces a party's ability to react and adjust to every little thing that happens in combat. Classic editions are also more deadly, so larger parties help with inevitable attrition. With 4e, things are quite different. PCs are more resilient and combat is more complicated. 4e PCs also have a wide variety of handy-dandy skills that add to their resiliency and self-reliance. This all combines to allow for quality 4e games with as few as 3 players...

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Lich, A Class / Monster Mash up | The Custom Archetype Path for Wizard in Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition

Lich, A Class / Monster Mash up | The Custom Archetype Path for Wizard in Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition | rpg-news | Scoop.it
One of the best things that I like about these class / monster mash up is that everyone knows what to expect.
Both the DM and the PC know what they are getting (...)
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Things Never Heard at the Game Table

Things Never Heard at the Game Table | rpg-news | Scoop.it
A few weeks back someone posted this as an open topic on Facebook and some of them were hilarious.  A copious amount of Diet Mountain Dew and a bad sense of humor led to my following master list of...
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Infini-Troupe, 20-FEB-2015 – An Artist is Hatched… | Moebius Adventures Games

Infini-Troupe, 20-FEB-2015 – An Artist is Hatched… | Moebius Adventures Games | rpg-news | Scoop.it
If you've noticed, there has been one of these articles about each of the Insta-NPCs products so far... We've dealt with a few unsavory types recently, so why not focus on the artistic ones this time? Artists are one of the oft-overlooked story hooks for GMs in my opinion. Think about it. How many times does the bad guy turn out NOT to be an evil warrior, cleric, or wizard? Have you come up with any? I can't think of any in the adventures I've been playing in of late... But maybe it's just me. T
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Iron Rations: d30 Masks, and their Magical Machinations. Part Two.

Iron Rations: d30 Masks, and their Magical Machinations. Part Two. | rpg-news | Scoop.it

These thirty masks are cursed, cursed, and cursed again. Once any of them are worn, only a Wish spell or a timely ‘Deus-Ex-Machina’, type intervention can remove them from the wearer. The DM could possibly make a quest out of trying to get the mask off.But hurry, bad things are on the way...

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BrainStorm Think Tank Podcast #31 "Using Wish Spells"

BrainStorm Think Tank Podcast #31 "Using Wish Spells" | rpg-news | Scoop.it
Join Vince, Erik and Sal as they talk about the always talked about spell... Wish Spells in your game. when a character should actually be able to use a wish? (what point in the campaign, level wis...
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Complications | Draconic Magazine

Complications | Draconic Magazine | rpg-news | Scoop.it

Shit happens when you're out adventuring. Here are some great ideas for the odd things that creep in!

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10 Zombie Survival Intro Scenarios ~ Rule of the Dice

10 Zombie Survival Intro Scenarios ~ Rule of the Dice | rpg-news | Scoop.it

Can you smell Halloween on the air? Smells like non-toxic face paint and burnt pumpkins... Here are 10 intro scenarios for your Halloween zombie game!

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Interview: The Wizard of Oz (AUS) - Joe Sweeney from StoryWeaver Games, Part 2

Interview: The Wizard of Oz (AUS) - Joe Sweeney from StoryWeaver Games, Part 2 | rpg-news | Scoop.it

Yesterday we started chatting with Joe Sweeney of StoryWeaver Games on a variety of topics... Here's the rest of the conversation about GMing and game publishing!

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This Means War...

This Means War... | rpg-news | Scoop.it
Welcome back to the Front. Have you ever notice that when open up a history book or browse a multitude of news media sources odds are that it tends to be filled with wars and conflicts? The reasons...
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The 10 Most Gruesome Torture Techniques From Medieval Europe

The 10 Most Gruesome Torture Techniques From Medieval Europe | rpg-news | Scoop.it
During the Middle Ages, torture was considered a legitimate way to extract confessions, punish offenders, and perform executions. Some methods were considerably crueler than others — these 10 being among the most barbaric and brutal.
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Wow. Too rough for my games I think. Barbaric!!

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Creature Creation 101 | Moebius Adventures Games

Creature Creation 101 | Moebius Adventures Games | rpg-news | Scoop.it

For some reason, I've had creature creation on the brain of late. It started out as pondering a way of randomizing mutations and morphed into something better...

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A collection of random tables to help inspire some unique creatures for your worlds...

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Who is buried here? | Moebius Adventures Games

Who is buried here? | Moebius Adventures Games | rpg-news | Scoop.it

As PCs we seem predisposed to disturbing burial grounds, graveyards, and the realms of the dead. Why not create some cool memorials for them to disturb?

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7 Ways That People Died Trying To Become Immortal

7 Ways That People Died Trying To Become Immortal | rpg-news | Scoop.it
Would you risk your life if you thought it might mean extending it? Would you die now if you thought you could be revived at some point in the future? Here are cases of people who went to extremes for immortality or their very own fountains of youth — and killed themselves in the process.
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Noob : interview de Guillaume Durand alias T-Man ! - La Gazette du Geek

Noob : interview de Guillaume Durand alias T-Man ! - La Gazette du Geek | rpg-news | Scoop.it
Oyez oyez, faites aujourd'hui place à l'interview de Guillaume Durand, l'acteur qui incarne T-Man dans Noob !
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It Is Known: Players tell me about the NPC

It Is Known: Players tell me about the NPC | rpg-news | Scoop.it
Ever want to make an NPC that the players connect with? That they find interesting? Here's a technique that works for me. I use it sparingly. I let the players design the NPC. Not the stats, not th...
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Random Thursday: Not all Monsters are Monsters

Random Thursday: Not all Monsters are Monsters | rpg-news | Scoop.it
Alan Bollinger shares his thoughts on why some monsters are unique and should be reframed as "bosses".
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What We Owe The Western

What We Owe The Western | rpg-news | Scoop.it
Castalia House is a Finland-based publisher that has a great appreciation for the golden age of science fiction and fantasy literature. The books that we publish honor the traditions and intellectual authenticity exemplified by writers such as J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Robert E. Howard, G.K. Chesterton, and Hermann Hesse. We are consciously providing an alternative to readers who increasingly feel alienated from the nihilistic, dogmatic science fiction and fantasy being published today. We see
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DungeonMorphs 2: Cities & Villages: Map Generator Dice/Cards

DungeonMorphs 2: Cities & Villages: Map Generator Dice/Cards | rpg-news | Scoop.it
Need a city/village but don't have one ready? Grab a few of these dice, roll them, line them up and you've got a random city/village!
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As a backer of Joe's previous dice/cards projects, I have to say this one looks right up my alley as well. The ability to quickly throw together a village, town, or city seems like a great tool to have in the GM toolbox, wouldn't you say?

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Design Musings: Let's Meet Haki...

Design Musings: Let's Meet Haki... | rpg-news | Scoop.it
So one of the things I've been curious about is the idea of doing not just GM-related tools but player aids as well. One of the things I know I struggle with at times is coming up with a signature ...
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Pondering how to take the random tables approach, usually reserved for the GM's side of the table, and using it as a player...

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Interview: The Wizard of Oz (AUS) - Joe Sweeney from StoryWeaver Games, Part 1

Interview: The Wizard of Oz (AUS) - Joe Sweeney from StoryWeaver Games, Part 1 | rpg-news | Scoop.it

It's been a long while since I've had an opportunity for an interview! Thankfully, Joe Sweeney of StoryWeaver Games was kind enough to subject himself to a few questions about his gaming career and much more...

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A Trip to the Doldrums

A Trip to the Doldrums | rpg-news | Scoop.it
"Welcome to the doldrums," said the captain. "We'll be here for a while until the sea goddess laughs and creates a bit of wind to push us home." We knew it was dangerous to travel into these waters...
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A little spark of flash fiction to inspire an encounter at sea or an entire campaign...

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Fantastically Wrong: Ridiculous Mythical Critters Dreamed Up by 19th Century Lumberjacks | Science | WIRED

Fantastically Wrong: Ridiculous Mythical Critters Dreamed Up by 19th Century Lumberjacks | Science | WIRED | rpg-news | Scoop.it
America has the most ridiculous mythical creatures the world has ever known. Hands down. Nowhere else has a mythology formed so beautifully in a perfect amalgam of too much whiskey, too little sleep, and perhaps some accidentally consumed magic mushrooms.
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These are fantastic!

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Time for some magic mushrooms? | Moebius Adventures Games

Time for some magic mushrooms? | Moebius Adventures Games | rpg-news | Scoop.it

When your heroes are out in the wild and they run out of food, what do they eat?

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