Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: A Pair of City Seeds

The City. It appears in many games… It soaks into the alleyways and market squares. It creeps between the walls of tenement houses. It lies in the shadows of narrow passageways. And it can become a part of any city in any fantasy world, no matter what rules system you prefer.

If you’re hunting for . . . → Read More: Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: A Pair of City Seeds

Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: Those Lovely Barbarians

This is an article by my friend, qbany about barbarians clashing with civilized people. It is a story that borders a bit on RPGs but offers some deeper insights into roleplaying barbarians, one of the canonical classes in almost every fantasy RPG.

This article also represents my thoughts, because it was created after many nights . . . → Read More: Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: Those Lovely Barbarians

Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: Deceit and the Mutants in the Desert

I love deceiving my players. Playing with their senses – sight and sound, social prejudices…

This is a type of adventure with the intent to confuse players. It uses certain stereotypical thought and can be reduced to a simple principle in most survival scenarios in post-apocalyptic settings. Normal people are typically afraid of getting dirty.

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Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: Dear Ladies…

When talking about gaming, I think one of the more difficult issues to discuss is the role of women in RPGs. I think the difficulties arise when discussing the roles female players choose. Why? In the case of NPCs, the situation is usually quite simple. The scenario or campaign’s needs will dictate various male and . . . → Read More: Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: Dear Ladies…

Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: The Songstone – a Story Seed from Miroslav Gavrilov

(Editor’s Note: This week, Robert has shared his space with new Ancient Scroll contributor Miroslav Gavrilov!)

The Pledge

Mental Floss – Nature's Stone Giants – England: Brimham Rocks

The latecomers entered the depths of the dwarven Dwellthrone fortress. They’d been individually summoned and the topic of their coming was kept secret even from themselves. . . . → Read More: Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: The Songstone – a Story Seed from Miroslav Gavrilov

Friday Knight News – Gaming Edition: 11-MAY-2012

Happy Friday everybody!

Next week is my 42nd birthday (too many candles or the fire department will show up), which means I will be as old as the ultimate answer to the ultimate question of “Life, the Universe, and Everything” according to Douglas Adams. Yes, the answer is 42, though we still don’t know the . . . → Read More: Friday Knight News – Gaming Edition: 11-MAY-2012

Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: Isolation, Desperation, and Cthulhu Avoiding the Creepy Town!

Recently I was thinking how to create a story where the PCs feel isolated. You know the kind of story I’m talking about, where the PCs stumble upon a long, forgotten village in the middle of nowhere to find shelter from a storm… Really I was thinking about how to avoid this tired old trope . . . → Read More: Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: Isolation, Desperation, and Cthulhu Avoiding the Creepy Town!

Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: No Remorse

Hi there folks. I am in a killing mood, so we’re back to talking about “killing” in RPGs…

Often players will decide to take the role (class, profession, etc) of a killer (assassin, night blade, etc.) with a very simple concept. I am an extremely skilled person with extremely powerful abilities I can use to . . . → Read More: Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: No Remorse

Site of the Year Awards 2012 at Stuffer Shack! Vote for GKR today!

Yes, this year Game Knight Reviews was submitted to the mix for the Site of the Year award at Stuffer Shack. We’re up against some amazing sites like Troll in the Corner, Gaming Tonic, Life and Times of a Philippine Gamer, and many many others… GKR has only been around since 2010, but we’re . . . → Read More: Site of the Year Awards 2012 at Stuffer Shack! Vote for GKR today!

Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: Maps, Mystery, and A Promise

My friend Bart from the creative collective Lans Macabre spent a lot of time discovering the wonderful world of maps. As you know, maps are a vivid part of many RPG campaigns and adventures. But some of them aren’t what you think! Here are a few of Bart’s map adventure ideas…

When you first see . . . → Read More: Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: Maps, Mystery, and A Promise

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