Introduction and the start of a great venture!

Hello and welcome to all who are reading this! A little about me: I have been playing and running games for over 30 years.  My favourites are D&D (Classic and 5E), Star Wars, and Top Secret S.I. But I have played many like Rifts, Shadowrun, Rolemaster, GURPS, and many others that my great friends have…

Twelve Offerings to the Gods Guaranteed to Gain Favor

Occasionally we consider making offerings to the gods. Perhaps we as players seek to appease the gods of die rolling. Perhaps our characters seek to gain favor for some upcoming adventure. Perhaps an evil NPC seeks fiery vengeance upon his (or her) enemies. These offerings are only heard occasionally by the forces in question… when…

Time to go on the road with Open Spaces!

We’ve all been there as GMs… You know your PCs are going to be on a long journey, traveling through unfamiliar territory and potentially hitting some encounters along the way, so you pull out a few encounter tables just in case. You roll once or twice, come up with a few monster attacks and move…

31 Days of Halloween, Day 7

One more strange day of writing for Halloween… This time we entered the basement of a serial killer courtesy of Little Spaces: Scary Basements. And I have to admit that I was a little disturbed when I figured out what was in the jars my muse suggested based on the terms Taste, Glass, and Lumpy… It…

31 Days of Halloween, Day 6

As we continue the journey through October, things have become more and more gruesome. Today’s vignette came from Little Spaces: Gruesome Graves and involves Taste, Ceremony, Moldy, and Desecration… Even as you watch from the shadows, you see four humanoid shapes at the four cardinal directions standing on the edge of an open grave. Each…

Free Randomness, Part 1

You’re the GM doing prep for your next session. You have it all together. Maps. Broad strokes of the plot. But somehow you find yourself stuck when you try to come up with the little details – the glue to pull everything together. What do you do then? Panic? Meditate? Call an emergency meeting? Or…

Twenty-five Things in the Blacksmith’s Shop

Have you ever wondered at some of the strange and wondrous items you might find at a blacksmith’s shop? Sure, you’ll find an anvil, some tools, and weapons or armor – but what else? Here’s a few things… Nails Rivets Pans Cauldrons Knife Padlocks Horseshoes Chisels Anvil Gate Keys Chains Hammers Rasps (Coarse metal files…

First RPG Gamemastered – #RPGaDAY 2014, Day 2

The second day of the #RPGaDAY effort is about “First RPG Gamemastered.” After yesterday’s post, I’ll give you one guess which RPG was my first attempt at being a game master… Dungeons and Dragons. Shocking, I know. Honestly I don’t remember much about those early attempts at dungeon mastering in junior high. It wasn’t until much later…

Creature Creation 101

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… Every world has its distinct flora and fauna. We’re still discovering new species of plants and animals all around the world and you have to wonder what sorts…

Time for some magic mushrooms?

When your heroes are out in the wild and they run out of food, what do they eat? Maybe they are lost and alone. Maybe bandits or goblins stole all their supplies from camp while they were out exploring. Who knows? As a GM, I thought it might be fun to come up with some…

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