Zhilin Campaign Journal #6: Putting Some Pieces Together…

Today, even as this post goes live, I’m excited as the group tackles session #2 of the campaign. Yes, it’s barely begun — but I’m itching to get them deeper into the story and see what they discover. It has been a VERY long time since I’ve written a campaign a session at a time.…

Finding a gaming group!

This is a difficult subject for some people but is an important first step if you want to play a role-playing game and use any interesting characters you have thought of in an adventure. It can be said that each of us embodies a unique mix of ideas and attitudes that makes us individuals. Some…

EncounteRX… More than just 2d4 wolves…

Session planning is more of an art than a science sometimes. If you like coming up with stuff on the fly, it can be as simple as pulling together some basic maps, encounter descriptions, monster stats, and treasure into a pile and you’re off to the races. But sometimes you want a bit more, even…

Four Celestial Omens That’ll Keep Your PCs Up At Night

In our fantasy worlds, we often focus on the things on the ground. Sometimes we may remember that a few things can fly. But just like our PCs, sometimes we forget to look up. In this case, it’s the skies above we forget to mine for ideas. Until modern astronomy came along, most folks interpreted…

Seven Fools and How To Find Them

Though I’m not really a fan of April Fool’s Day, I like to think I appreciate the fools that exist in our stories. Clowns and jesters all have a place. But where is it? And how can we use those characters? Fools have a part to play in all great historical endeavors. Some have had…

How do you make module-driven games seem less railroaded?

Hi all… Yes, it seems that nearly every time I post anything these days, it’s asking a question. But before I ask, let me provide some context… We have a very small group (currently 2 or 3 players depending on the week and a GM) playing a D&D 3.5e adventure set in one of the…

Dungeon Dressing – What’s a dungeon anyway?

When you see the term “Dungeon” – what comes to mind? I typically think of a few different things… The great TSR gaming magazine published for from 1986 to 2007. A board game published in 1975 by TSR to simulate some aspects of Dungeons & Dragons. A place where people were imprisoned or tortured. A…

Friday Links, December 4, 2009

Another week of awesome posts in the gaming blog community means I’m back with a new list of links for Friday! Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving (if they celebrated) and is looking forward to some happy holidays. Winter has finally arrived in Colorado (with most of this week spent near zero degrees fahrenheit), so…

Blog Post: Friday Links for November 20, 2009 (on Sunday, November 22, 2009)

Yes, I’m a bit behind. To say that the past couple of weeks have kicked my arse is an understatement. That said, there have been some awesome articles in the gaming blog community that caught my eye when I had time to check ’em out… So without further adieu, here are a few posts for…

Friday Links for November 6, 2009

Hi all! While my own efforts have been bashed in the head with the baseball bat that is reality… I have to show the work of a few other folks whose creativity makes me realize that even if my brain has a dent, I should keep plowing on – because how can you not be…

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