Posts Tagged ‘ running the game ’

Thy Game-Mastering Commandments

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January 20, 2014
For DMs

The start of the New Year is traditionally a time to reflect on your shortcomings and failures and to resolve to improve yourself. As such, I generally spend the start of the New Year playing video games. Self-improvement is wasted on those of us who are already practically perfect in all the ways that...
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Popcorn Initiative: A Great Way to Adjust D&D and Pathfinder Initiative with a Stupid Name

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September 13, 2013
Setting the PCs Up to Fail

All right, kiddos, I am breaking from my usual game of writing thousands and thousands of words tell you how to run a game in exhausting detail (deliberate word choice, don’t correct me). Instead, I’m going to throw a house rule at you. Use it. Don’t use it. I don’t care. I’ve been using...
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Help! My Players are Talking to Things!

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August 5, 2013
For DMs

Well, here we are again with another installment of “Getting the Most Out of Your Skill System.” Now that I’ve taught you how to handle basic actions and we’ve looked at the basics of encounters and how to build good non-combat, non-interaction encounters, it’s time to shift gears. In this article (and the next one),...
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How to Build F$&%ing Awesome Encounters!

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July 23, 2013
The D&D Boss Fight

Welcome to the fourth part in my ongoing series: Getting the Most Out of Your Skill System. In the last part (Four Things You’ve Never Heard of That Make Encounters Not Suck), I told you all about four things that… well… you know. Actually, I wrote that article so I could write this article....
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Four Things You’ve Never Heard of That Make Encounters Not Suck

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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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