Gates and Portals – Freestanding Gate of Atwulf

Another month begins and we have another fantastic topic to explore from the RPG Blog Carnival… Gates and Portals from Tales of a GM. Such a simple concept – a doorway into or out of a place. But doors can be amazing vehicles for story to creep in. In this post, I’m going to use…

What’s in the box?

Seems a simple question, right? “What’s in the box?” And yet, it can have so many answers – just ask Schrödinger’s cat! This post continues the strange vein I’ve been exploring for James Introcaso’s RPG Blog Carnival topic this month –“Homebrew Holiday Gifts”. Let’s take a simple three step process like I’ve used with the Little Spaces…

Past Lives: The Gift that Keeps on Giving…

Continuing in the vein of James Introcaso’s RPG Blog Carnival topic for this month – “Homebrew Holiday Gifts” – I had another weird thought. (It happens a lot, I assure you.) Past lives. It’s not one of those topics I see brought up much in RPGs, but one I think has an insane number of…

The Gift of Giving (Evil) – December RPG Blog Carnival

Today’s entry in the December RPG Blog Carnival from James Introcaso at the World Builders Blog goes into the darkness a little. A good friend of mine showed me this image and made the suggestion that perhaps I explore the angle of someone or something evil giving gifts for nefarious purposes. This actually came up…

12 Random Gifts for your PCs Out of the Blue

Continuing my more literal approach to the RPG Blog Carnival from James at the World Builder blog, I was pondering some of the more innocuous gifts that might be delivered to a PC’s doorstep. Sometimes gifts can simply be part of a local tradition or a thank you… but sometimes they can have a more…

Gifts from your Frenemies (December RPG Blog Carnival)

Though the RPG Blog Carnival from James Introcaso at the World Builder Blog has to do with “Homebrew Holiday Gifts” this month, my brain honestly went a completely different way than I think he intended. 🙂 Every gaming world has two types of characters: PCs and NPCs. And if the party has done its job,…

Curses, Foiled Again! (September 2015 RPG Blog Carnival)

This month’s blog carnival is being hosted by Johnn Four at Roleplaying Tips – Cursed Items and Calamities in your Campaigns. He’s opened up Pandora’s Box, asking bloggers to write about the ways curses have found their way into their campaigns over the years and any ideas they would like to share. My Take on…

The Lands Beyond… (January 2015 RPG Blog Carnival -New Year, New World)

Nils over at Enderra has taken on the January 2015 RPG Blog Carnival with a great topic… A New Year, A New World. How do you run an exploratory campaign? What techniques do you use to create your worlds? Who is doing the exploring? Tons of great open-ended questions to inspire writers like yours truly…

Let’s Do the Twist (December 2014 RPG Blog Carnival)

This month’s RPG Blog Carnival is put on by Mike Bourke over at Campaign Mastery… The topic? “With a Twist” – surprises, plot twists, and the unexpected. So let’s see what my twisted brain comes up with… Honestly, the first thing that came to mind was the dance. Chubby Checker made “The Twist” popular in…

August Blog Carnival: Contemplating Devious Dungeons

As I begin to start looking through the 5th Edition D&D Player’s Handbook and have played through a bit of the 5th Edition Starter Set, I wonder at all the various dungeons being conceived for upcoming games. (Yes, I have 5e on the brain.) But more than that, what kinds of dungeons are there? I…

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