Beware the Risen and the Fallen

Welcome to the world, sons and daughters. You have learned much but now it is time for the truth. We exist in this world of ours at the whims of the Gods, but not the Gods you think. In reality there are only two forces: The Light and the Dark. The Celestial Well and the…

Alternate Earth(s) Day – One Alternative

Happy Earth Day. Today is a day when we take a look around at our own planet and determine if it’s better or worse than the year before. Personally, we do try to do what we can at our house… we turn off lights, recycle, and try to conserve water. If enough of us do…

The Lost Age – The Human Angle

As I work on two versions of the Lost Age campaign – one for the group including my kids among 9 players and another for my regular gaming group – I’ve been pondering the world a bit. When I started writing Lost Age Adventures with Vince, I deliberately decided that the PCs should all be…

The Lost Age – d12 Folks in the Zumka

As I work more and more on the Zumka… this marketplace in the middle of the Lost Age with a porous form of reality, I wondered at some of the people the PCs might find there when they arrive and walk its winding ways. If you roll a d12, here are some of the people…

How to Make a Holiday in Four Steps

As I approach this week and my favorite holiday of the year, I’m always left wondering… what exactly makes a holiday special? And how can we create holidays in our roleplaying worlds to embrace some of that level of social interaction? Well, this year I’ve come up with a plan to create my own holidays…

Three Questions About That Fantastic Item your PCs Just Recovered…

Your PC just located an artifact of immense power while diving into a dungeon on the far side of the world. S/he knows it has fantastic abilities because s/he can feel the power thrumming from within. But you’ve seen other characters burned (literally or figuratively) by the power of such items before and want to…

Instant Art (or Artists)… just add dice (and imagination)

When filling your game worlds with people, places, and things, how often do you think about the art on the walls or in the halls? How about the artists who created such pieces? This is an area of world building that is often glossed over and completely missed as a source of opportunity. Imagine a…

Quick! I Need a Village!

As GMs and world builders, we have a lot of shoes to fill. From the guy that gives your PCs all their jobs to the walk-on role that barmaid has just delivering their evening meal and everyone in-between. Some of those shoes are more colorful than others. And some change over time from lowly flip…

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