What’s in the Hole? 16 things to ponder

Though the “What’s in the Hole?” blog carnival is coming to an end in a few days, I wanted to toss one more article into the pot before I sum it all up next week… (By the way, there have been some FANTASTIC submissions, so keep ’em coming! I’m out of town over the weekend…

The Hole: Deep and Dark

“What’s in the hole?” is a bit of a loaded question, isn’t it? It could mean anything. (This is my first post this month for the June 2014 RPG Blog Carnival topic – “What’s in the hole?” – hosted right here at Moebius Adventures. Be sure to check out some of the other entries so…

Three Wee Beasties

While doing some free writing last week, I came up with these three wee beasties. Would you like to know more? (Tiny/Feathers/Water/Active/Active/Aggressive) The banderkeet is a flightless bird who hunt along the coast. These unassuming birds will attack and take down much larger prey. Short lifespans lead them to take great risks to feed their…

What’s in the box? Another take…

As I continue to work on a few new projects, I had some time to work on some freewriting the other night and came up with an interesting process (similar to the one I came up with for Brick by Brick) for describing an object. This goes beyond the last post talking about “What is…

What’s in that shiny box?

Though most of my articles deal with generating ideas for encounters, NPC, or place descriptions, I’m thinking this approach could also be used to help create some unique treasure parcels for our heroes to find. Things beyond the traditional “bag ‘o’ gold” and “big heavy chest.” So let’s start with sizing our box (roll a…

Phaedrus Friday: Not All Who Wander the Great Plains Are Lost

On the great plains west of No Man’s Land lies an ocean of grass punctuated only by the forgotten places of the once great Kingdom of Bede. Where communities once bloomed, nature has reclaimed wood and stone. Ruins dot the landscape, explored only by herds of grazing beasts, the occasional predator, and the wandering tribes…

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…

New Little Spaces “Big Book” Smashes Writer’s Block for Game Prep

Let’s face it. As GMs, sometimes it’s hard to come up with a compelling description for every single little thing your PCs may encounter during a game session. We do the best we can during our prep time and come up with the rest on the fly at the game table. But occasionally writer’s block…

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…

A Handful of Dead Bodies… How’d it happen?

Sometimes a dead body is just what you need to liven a scene. (Yes, that’s slightly ironic I know.) You don’t always have to throw it from a great height to land right in front of their feet (though it definitely gets their attention!), but usually it’s enough to get their investigative juices flowing. How’d…

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