Monthly Archive: August 2012

Aug 31

Running a Successful Campaign: Tips & Tricks for Week 2

Weekly Tip/Trick for Friday, August 31, 2012:    Have a Contingency Plan – The best advice anyone has ever given me, when it comes to running games, was to always have a contingency plan.  This could be anything from a random NPC (non-playable character) you create, to a surprise encounter.  I used to play with a …

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Aug 24

Running a Successful Campaign: Tips & Tricks

Weekly Tip/Trick for August 24, 2012:  Introduction When I first started running games, no one really gave me any useful tips or general rules of thumb to go by.  All I had were the books and my own creativity.  Although the books help, they can also create headaches and overwhelm those new to running games …

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Aug 23

Dungeon Talk Episode 4: A New Home

Well here we are at our new home.  The first 9 or 10 minutes is Michael discussing what happened with the old website and why we decided to move.  The first topic begins after that.  We also have a guest with us, his name is Rob and he plays in our current weekly game. Table …

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Aug 22

Helpful Tools

Following are a few tools I use on a regular basis: 1.  Monster Advancer (Monster builder / Encounter designer):  http://www.monsteradvancer.com/ 2.  HeroForge 3.5, 4E and Pathfinder RPG File Repository (This website consists of various useful tools created by other diehard d&d fans. Just click on whichever version of D&D you want: D&D 3.5, Pathfinder, or 4th edition): …

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Aug 18

Character Template

character.template Instructions: This character template is a series of questions that forces you to think about and ultimately make choices about your character outside of their role as an adventurer. In the questions “YOU” refers to the PC, not the player. This information can and should be used by your Game Master to develop hooks …

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Aug 15

Dungeon Talk: Episode 3 – An Editing Adventure

Dungeon Talk: Episode 3 – An Editing Adventure Happy to bring to you episode 3!  We had a lot of fun recording this one, probably too much since we finished with about an hour and a half of recording.  I had to cut it down significantly to upload. If you don’t want to hear Michael …

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Aug 15

Dungeon Talk: Episode 2 – The Saga Continues

Dungeon Talk: Episode 2 – The Saga Continues We changed the intro a little this time, the old intro was too long before we started talking. Table Topic # 1 – Update on Evan’s game  00:24 – 15:00 Table Topic # 2 – We discuss me taking over Evan’s game  or starting my own   …

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Aug 15

Dungeon Talk: Episode 1 – The Beginning

Dungeon Talk: Episode 1 – The Beginning Well this is the first true episode of Dungeon Talk.  We call it # 2 in the beginning, but that’s because we had an Episode 0 for a while.  We chose a couple topics brought about by our game this past Monday. We begin with some things about …

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Aug 14

House Rule: The Matrix – Just the basics

Morpheus: Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself. You would create the Matrix by having each of your Players roll a stat in turn using whatever method you would normally use.  You would record them in order going left to right (row 1). Once you …

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Aug 14

House Rule: The Matrix – An Alternative method for starting PC stats

The Matrix   One of the topics Evan and I plan on covering in an upcoming Dungeon Talk Episode is starting a new game. We believe that our audience will mostly be made up of newer Players and newer DM’s, so we wanted to give some thoughts on getting started. This article will cover an …

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