The Burden of the Bones

This idea came to me the other night and is burning a hole in my brain. I see all sorts of interesting adventure ideas in the future… ——————– There are a few priests, scattered throughout the world, who swear to uphold the “Burden of the Bones” when they are called upon. It is a sacred…

Who will you run into in your next dungeon?

As I work on a first level adventure for Mazes & Perils, I was struck by this odd thought… Why do we never seem to see NPCs in a lot of the dungeons we crawl? Sure, occasionally we have to rescue a damsel in distress or break a friend out of jail, but usually it’s just…

Personality Traits, Part 3 – Darkside

Hello fellow readers! Let’s take on the Darkside Personality Traits this time. These are the traits usually embodied by the bad guys. However, they could also be used by other characters to indicate a “fall from grace” or brush with tragedy, especially considering that people are playing in darker settings like Ravenloft and adventures like…

How do you inspire your players? RPG Blog Carnival – January 2016

This month’s RPG Blog Carnival topic is hosted by Johnn Four of Roleplaying Tips himself. He wants to know what we (as GMs I suspect) do to inspire our players to get excited to play each session. This is a tough one since I don’t GM a ton these days. Let’s take a look anyway……

EncounteRX – NPC Makeover, SyFy Face Off-style

Some of you may be addicted to Syfy’s Face Off competition series where they pit aspiring makeup and effects artists against different solo and team challenges in insane time frames. If not and you’re interested in some of the movie magic that goes into creating some of the creatures you find on television and the…

A Stroll Through the Medieval Market, Stall 4

Last week we talked about a few vendors and buyers in the market, ending with the fabric seller… Today we’ll work our way to the next stall in the Medieval Market map from DramaScape. Next on the agenda is the baker’s stall, which happens to be directly east of the fabric vendor and south of the…

A Stroll Through the Medieval Market, Stall 1

As I work on the next installment of the Insta-NPCs line (officially now named Insta-NPCs #10: Caveat Emptor and should be released by the end of July if all goes well), I thought back on one of the more enjoyable blog runs I did back in October 2014 where I basically went through Heroic Maps’…

Five NPCs Visiting the Market…

While doing some preparation for the Lost Age Campaign I just started, it became painfully aware that I needed more texture in the NPCs who were coming to Nifton’s Inlet – this little fishing village with a reputation for great fish all year round. It seemed logical that there would be folks coming to take advantage…

Who’s your Daddy? (Generating NPC Families)

In honor of Father’s Day, I thought I’d come up with some way to figure out not only a NPC’s (or PC)’s father or their entire family. So Happy Father’s Day to all you gaming Dads! You rock! Long ago and far away there was the “Other Random Character Generation Elements” section in the Moebius…

Does your villain have what it takes?

Villains. Without them, what’s a hero supposed to do? Han Solo needs his “wretched hive of scum and villainy” to be discovered in. The Dread Pirate Roberts wears a mask and at best will kill poor Westley in the morning. And who else is going to cut a man’s heart out with a spoon than…

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