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2
Jul

Five-Minute Languages

J.R.R. Tolkien spent years developing his fantasy languages and then wrote a handful of books to test them out (you’ve probably never heard of them, they’re pretty obscure). Klingon and Dothraki were developed for film and TV – carefully encoded over time with great care. But you’re you. You need to crank out some gobbledygook for game night and you need it fast. Well, hold on to your diphthongs and protect your predicates because we’re doing a crash course on fast-and-dirty language creation.

 

28
Jun

Group Beta #31 — Physics Lesson

25
Jun

Let Food Be Thy Medicine

Using Food to Gain Hit Points

My gaming group just started a new d20 Modern table-top game based on the Fallout series of video games, in which, you eat food to heal. Our GM kept this mechanic in place and it works brilliantly – eat a TV dinner and gain a couple of hit points (and a teeny tiny bit of radiation, too). So, I pose the question: Can you use food-for-healing in other tabletop games?

24
Jun

Group Beta #30 — Double Painbow

19
Jun

Weekly Update – June 19, 2019

Hey Portal People,

Obviously, I’ve gotten behind schedule on doing my update posts, but I’ve been reading tons of feedback emails, and working to get the next phase of development sorted out – so hopefully you guys aren’t too upset with me. That said, let’s get into some updates.

18
Jun

Write a Breathtaking Cyberpunk Game

With all the hype surrounding CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 video game , your table-top players may be craving some chrome-plated, roleplaying goodness. If you’ve never run or played in a cyberpunk-style world, I’ve put together a little primer to get you and your group plugged in and hacking the Gibson in no time. And if you’ve been running the shadows since the old days (before half the predictions in the books came true), then check out some of the inspirational material below to get you back on that creative subway into Night City.

 

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