The Pentagon Of Encounter Design

There are five attributes to any encounter that define it, and any one of them can be the foundation of that encounter. In the old days of D&D, it used to be that there was relatively limited flexibility. You chose a[...]
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On the Old Gods (Part I)

January 16, 2017 from Hack And Slash
Filed under: RPG Hub 
The old gods of Perdition were casual and indolent. Their world was peaceful and rich. Countries spread wide, they ruled over a creative people of peace. The only conflict came from leisurely discussions over resplendent[...]
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Stonehell: Those Crazy Inmates

January 16, 2017 from Tower of the Archmage
Filed under: Actual Play, RPG Hub 
Session 19 was played on 9/9. This is part 2 of this session report. Part I: The Gatehouse! (finally) can be found here. As this was so long ago, I'm going to bullet point the important bits, rather than do my longer mor[...]
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Thirty-Three and A Third

January 16, 2017 from From the Sorcerer's Skull
Filed under: RPG, RPG Hub 
by Lester B. PortlyCircus registry 331/3 (called by its operators Thirty-Three and A Third) is a Universal Standard Transport LS1517 series space hauler. The LS1517 series is often used as a pilot engine for a train of c[...]
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A Procedure for Play

January 16, 2017 from SoogaGames
Filed under: RPG Hub 
Bastionland is going to distill a lot of GM guidance into very clear procedures. Each of the four sections of the world will have their own procedure, but the core procedure for running the game is something like this:Wh[...]
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Pre-Established In Character Relationships

January 15, 2017 from Reality Refracted
Filed under: Character Development, RPG Hub 
Pre-Established relationships between characters is something coming into play with more systems. The understanding behind it is easy enough to figure out: if the PCs know each other already it is a lot easier to get the[...]
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Titles, Ranks, and the Organization of Everything

January 15, 2017 from Board Enterprises
Filed under: Advice/Tools, Other Systems, RPG Hub 
You may have seen recently how one of our readers challenged us to write about “titles, ranks, and the organization of everything”.  Why? because it is hugely difficult to understand the noble progressio[...]
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How I would fix it: Doctor Who Xmas Special 2016

January 15, 2017 from JP on Gaming
Filed under: Review, RPG Hub 
The Doctor Who Xmas special came and went and... well... after a number of fairly uninspired ones, as in: I watch them once then never have to spend time looking at them again, we were offered "Doctor Who meets Superman[...]
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Space 1889: End of a campaign

January 15, 2017 from JP on Gaming
Filed under: Campaigns, RPG Hub, Savage Worlds 
Back in the day, I bought a book called "Space 1889". At the time, I knew nothing of Steampunk or John Carter. The cover intrigued me so I picked it up and read it. It was so interesting and opened a new genre for me, on[...]
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A Sneak Peak Into My “Gaming Projects” Notebook

January 15, 2017 from The Savage Afterworld
Filed under: Mutant Future, RPG Hub 
Many of you who know me or have hung out with me have no doubt seen me toting around my little black notebook (pictured here). I have carried this notebook -- or one like it -- for years. I have it with me at work, at ev[...]
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EttinCon Summer 2017

January 15, 2017 from Observations of the Fox
Filed under: RPG Hub 
#365 Day 14 - A fun game of FUBAR at #EttinCon Summer 2017, #Katoomba #rpg #gaming #tabletopA photo posted by Michael Wenman (@vulpinoid) on Jan 14, 2017 at 4:10am PST I've finally managed to get to another EttinCon. I w[...]
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the Broodmother that might have been

January 15, 2017 from Jeff's Gameblog
Filed under: RPG Hub 
Here's a little trivia about Broodmother Skyfortress (still available here and in PDF-only here).  At one time in the development process I wanted this to be the cover art:That's an illustration by late 19th/early 2[...]
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Card Game Review: Wok on Fire

January 15, 2017 from Dice Monkey
Filed under: RPG Hub 
A few days back, I sat down with my son to try out Green Couch Games’ Wok on Fire with Gabe, my 8-year-old son. This […][...]
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Sunday Inspirational Image: Werewolf

January 15, 2017 from Tower of the Archmage
Filed under: RPG Hub 
In honor of this month's Friday the 13th having a full moon...By Brian Luong[...]
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Lazy Sunday: Continuing Education Edition, Magic in the Middle Ages

January 15, 2017 from The Other Side
Filed under: RPG Hub 
It's Sunday. I am sitting here drinking my coffee and watching my son make sushi for lunch.(Of course, I had some for breakfast!)I saw another blog posting about a Coursera class on Magic in the Middle Ages.For those tha[...]
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Cave Magic Web Comic 1-60: Palla Aluete’s Feet Are Wet with Dew color

January 15, 2017 from Wielding a Bohemian Ear Spoon
Filed under: RPG Hub 
You can start from the beginning here: Cave Magic Web Comic[...]
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Colonial 5e Rogues

January 15, 2017 from From the Sorcerer's Skull
Filed under: RPG, RPG Hub 
Continuing my look at adapting 5e/Adventures in Middle Earth for a low magic game set around the time of the American Revolution. The fighter types are fairly usable as is; the spellcasters need some adaptation. Now it's[...]
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The Classic RuneQuest

January 15, 2017 from Reviews From R'lyeh
Filed under: RPG, RPG Hub 
2017 looks to be a good year for the seminal roleplaying game, RuneQuest. First published by Chaosium, Inc. in 1978, RuneQuest and its associated setting of Glorantha, remained the hobby’s second favourite fantasy [...]
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Ancient images of paladins uncovered

January 14, 2017 from Akratic Wizardry
Filed under: Legacy DnD, RPG Hub 
While the magic-user (later rebranded as the 'mage' or 'wizard') always has been my favourite Dungeons and Dragons (or AD&D) class to play, in my early years I also seemed to have been quite fond of the paladin.[...]
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Sporadic Saturday Sweetness: 2017-01-14

January 14, 2017 from Ravenous Role Playing
Filed under: RPG Hub 
Life is going pretty well this week. The Day Job was a total bear (loads of meetings for me, which is unusual), but I managed to get through it. No real updates to report on the publishing or gaming front, so I’m j[...]
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Thematic Versions of the Pathfinder Core Rulebook Races

January 14, 2017 from Tower of the Lonely GM
Filed under: RPG Hub 
OK, finally finish it. The last version of all Core Rulebook Races can be found here.Now, I need to convince my players to try this madness...[...]
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Greyhawk Megadungeon Placement

January 14, 2017 from Greyhawkery
Filed under: RPG Hub 
Back in December I was musing over a poll I ran about favorite megadungeons. The results were skewed I believe, but in the end I surmised a new megadungeon was long overdue for Greyhawk. Then, two things happened in that[...]
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Out of the Abyss: I Love My Players

January 14, 2017 from Stirges Suck
Filed under: Play, RPG Hub 
Started running an online game of Out of the Abyss.  Two players so far: Peregrine, playing Peren Galanodel:  STR14 DEX16 CON11 INT15 WIS11 CHA11.  Wood elf rogue.  Criminal background.  Ski[...]
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Cave Magic Web Comic 1-60: Palla Aluete’s Feet Are Wet with Dew

January 14, 2017 from Wielding a Bohemian Ear Spoon
Filed under: RPG Hub 
After a night spent with the healing herbs wrapped around her wound, Palla Aluete awakes revitalized. You can start from the beginning here: Cave Magic Web Comic[...]
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We Achieved More Cowbell!

January 14, 2017 from Gothridge Manor
Filed under: RPG Hub 
Cast of Characters+Douglas Cole played a ranger elf called Aafiuran+Peter V. Dell'Orto played an elf mage called MoldleafI played a battle hobbit call Bertrum Blackbutter+Erik Tenkar was our GMIt had been [...]
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The Demon Stones

January 14, 2017 from Reviews From R'lyeh
Filed under: RPG Hub, Swords and Wizardry 
Originally published in 2015 for use with Paizo Publishing’s Pathfinder Roleplaying Game—the descendant of Dungeons & Dragons, Edition 3.5—in June, 2016, the adventure The Demon Stones – A med[...]
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The Demon Stones

January 14, 2017 from Reviews From R'lyeh
Filed under: RPG Hub, Swords and Wizardry 
Originally published in 2015 for use with Paizo Publishing’s Pathfinder Roleplaying Game—the descendant of Dungeons & Dragons, Edition 3.5—in June, 2016, the adventure The Demon Stones – A med[...]
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Dark Future Ahead 20 – News from the ‘Net of a Cyberpunk bent

January 14, 2017 from Sea of Stars
Filed under: news, RPG Hub 
Let’s jack in and see what the futurewatch brings us this time. Sailing the sea on a massive container ship, the time-lapse of the port is especially inspiring, but there is a considerable amount of useful informat[...]
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Some Ramblings on the OSR, RIFTS, and more

January 14, 2017 from Stargazer's World
Filed under: Legacy D&D, Other Systems, Rifts, RPG, RPG Hub, Traveller 
00A couple of years back the OSR was a mystery to me. For me it was strange that people put so much work and effort into reviving such an old game as the original editions of D&D. Back then I was burned out on all th[...]
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This Charming Mammoth (and Social/Mental Mechanics)

January 14, 2017 from SoogaGames
Filed under: RPG Hub 
I've talked about my reasoning behind trying Charm in place of Willpower.Essentially it strengthens the idea that Ability Scores generally have two uses in Into the Odd.Rolled against when you make a Save due to a risky [...]
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This Charming Mammoth (and Social/Mental Mechanics)

January 14, 2017 from SoogaGames
Filed under: RPG Hub 
I've talked about my reasoning behind trying Charm in place of Willpower.Essentially it strengthens the idea that Ability Scores generally have two uses in Into the Odd.Rolled against when you make a Save due to a risky [...]
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HJRP1813 Save vs. Suck, PFS, Gming Advice

January 13, 2017 from Happy Jacks RPG Podcast
Filed under: Podcast Episode, RPG Hub 
HJRP1813 Your hosts: Stu, Maire, Kurt, Gina. Thank you to easyrollerdice.com and their exciting Rose Gold Kickstarter for supporting this episode of Happy Jacks! Show Notes! Steve from SoCal writes in about “S[...]
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Treasures and objectives

January 13, 2017 from JP on Gaming
Filed under: RPG Hub 
Here are a number of treasure/ objectives we use for Frostgrave. The following are a collection of chests, and barrels for a variety of sources: Privateer Press, DwarvenForge, and Oathsworn. These serve a variety of pu[...]
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Cave Magic Web Comic 1-59: Night Time Silhouette – The Dreaming Tree

January 13, 2017 from Wielding a Bohemian Ear Spoon
Filed under: RPG Hub 
You can start from the beginning here: Cave Magic Web Comic[...]
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Conan’s Life as Nostalgic Neil Young Song

January 13, 2017 from Cinerati
Filed under: RPG Hub 
Neil Young's classic song Old Man is a song I associate with many of my favorite childhood memories. Harvest, the album featuring the song, played on our home's stereo with great frequency and is a part of the soundtrack[...]
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Conan’s Life as Nostalgic Neil Young Song

January 13, 2017 from Cinerati
Filed under: RPG Hub 
Neil Young's classic song Old Man is a song I associate with many of my favorite childhood memories. Harvest, the album featuring the song, played on our home's stereo with great frequency and is a part of the soundtrack[...]
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