Long Angry Articles

Long articles that will help make you a less worse DM or sometimes a less worse player.

Updated every other Wednesday.

Four Things You’ve Never Heard of That Make Encounters Not Suck

32
May 7, 2013
For DMs

(Hey! Angry here. Before we get started, I am trying something new. This is a LOOOOOONNNGGG article. But it is brilliant and amazingly useful for anyone building or running encounters. It just might be a bit of a chore sitting and reading it here on my site. Want to download a PDF copy and...
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Adjudicate Actions Like a Motherf$&%ing Boss!

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April 23, 2013
The D&D Boss Fight

It’s going to happen, eventually. No matter how engaging your descriptions are, eventually one of the players is going to want to do something. A character is going to have to take an action. Now, I’ve said a lot on the subject of using the dice to resolve actions (Five Simple Rules for Dating...
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Abstract Dungeoneering

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January 31, 2013
Setting the PCs Up to Fail

So, Twitter-friend @BrannonHutchins has been having some mapping troubles this week. His PCs are going to be exploring a big old library. But the space seems a bit too big and too empty to be worth going through the minutae of exploring (and mapping) every single room. Meanwhile, my PCs are going to be...
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The Memory Game

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January 16, 2013
For Players

Writing an extensive back story is not for everyone. For every player that revels in writing a back-story, it seems there are two that absolutely hate it. Sometimes, getting acceptable back-stories from players is like pulling teeth. And the truth is, most of the stuff in a back-story is utterly useless crap. Writing a...
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5 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenaged Skill System

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December 3, 2012
For DMs

Originally, I wrote this long, rambling introduction about picking a role-playing system to run modern-era mystery games and about arguments with people about binary skill systems and why I personally prefer the freedom binary systems afford over things with narrative dice pools and hippie-dippie drama point bulls$&%. But I realized it was just a...
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