Tag Archives: GM’ing

6
May

Your Battlemap is Too Small and Boring and You Should Feel Bad

Do you find that your combats feel claustrophobic? Do your encounters seem eternally enclosed – a dull series of clashes where warriors quickly close the distance and smash each other until a winner is decided by who rolled the most dice? It may be because your battlemap is too small (and boring… and you should feel bad!). But don’t worry. It’s an easy fix.

30
Apr

Making Mounts More Momentous

The Overlooked Advantages of the Riding Animal

Most game systems relegate mounts into a kind of travel buff – treating them essentially like vehicles that boost overland speed. Other mechanics grant combat stats and carrying capacities, but mounts can be more than that. A clever GM can make it worthwhile to drop some hard-earned cash at the stable and add some interest into any scene that includes such pragmatic pets.

23
Apr

Randomizer Retrofit

Every GM has the occasional need of a random table for something – the contents of a treasure chest, the files on a Megacorporate server, or the embarrassing medical condition that you give to a character whose player keeps skipping game.  But what happens when you find a great set of tables, but they don’t fit your genre? For a good tool kit, we retrofit!

16
Apr

Enter Sandland

Sand is an underutilized terrain feature in games. Sand is dynamic and versatile, for both GM’s and players, and it can transform a generic encounter into a shifting, swirling event full of complications and advanced tactics. Plus, it’s a beautiful backdrop for epic adventures, and has been since the dawn of storytelling. So, grit your teeth, dust off your sandals, and let’s comb the beaches for some game-changing ideas about sand.

9
Apr

Tracking Trash

Use More Garbage in Your Games

When describing dungeons, do you remember rubbish? Does the odor of an opponent factor in when players are chasing down a challenger? Where do the Mind Flayers dump their muck? Did you think about what clues the cyber-corporation might leave in their back-alley bins? You should – the details of dregs can make for some interesting additions to a living, breathing, excrement-dropping world. One man’s trash, as they say…

2
Apr

Lockpicking Lessons

Be Better at Burglary

If your roguish roustabouts seem bored while picking at yet another generic door lock, you need to up your GM game. Or, as a player who picks, you can use your few, precious moments at the keyhole to elevate your elucidation and really get into the descriptions of the art of the breach. Breaking through security should be a sustained spotlight for a story’s specialist – not a die roll and a “click!” Read on, my lock-minded friends, and let us make lockpicking legendary.

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