The King is Dead, Long Live the King!

Tired of the status quo? As a GM, you have many powerful tools at your disposal to shake up the campaign. Here at the Front, I suggest that one of the most powerful of these is the death of a NPC.

NPCs are the supporting characters, both tiny and mighty, who shape the world and . . . → Read More: The King is Dead, Long Live the King!

Supplement Review: d30 Sandbox Companion by Richard J. LeBlanc, Jr. for New Big Dragon Games Unlimited

It’s been a long while now since I GM’ed regularly, but when I did I tended towards big, wide-open sandbox campaigns. Sometimes it got me into trouble as a GM where the players would get carried away, but usually I had an amazing amount of fun trying to figure out how to react to the . . . → Read More: Supplement Review: d30 Sandbox Companion by Richard J. LeBlanc, Jr. for New Big Dragon Games Unlimited

Supplement Review: Studies of Decay: Zombies by Kristofer Konkel from Rocks Fall Games

Zombies. Love ’em or hate ’em, they’re here to stay. Personally I’m a big fan if they’re done well, whether they appear on the big screen, the small screen, in a book, or at the game table. So when I saw that the folks at Rocks Fall Games had a new zombie-themed-supplement out for Pathfinder, . . . → Read More: Supplement Review: Studies of Decay: Zombies by Kristofer Konkel from Rocks Fall Games

The Gassy Gnoll: My Favorite NPCs (June RPG Blog Carnival)

As a GM, it’s your job to populate the world the PCs inhabit. This means not only defining the “where” that they live in, but also the “who” they interact with. A land with no people is deadly quiet and boring. And so our NPCs are born…

This month’s RPG Blog Carnival topic is all . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: My Favorite NPCs (June RPG Blog Carnival)

Supplement Review: Urban Dressing: Market Stalls by Brian Liberge for Raging Swan Press

Much of the fantasy campaigns I play in seem to take place in villages, towns, and cities, yet coming up with encounters in urban settings can sometimes be a pain in the rear. Shoot… Populating a town can be a major undertaking depending on how detailed you choose to get. So the Urban Dressing line . . . → Read More: Supplement Review: Urban Dressing: Market Stalls by Brian Liberge for Raging Swan Press

Supplement Review: LaCroix: A Torn World Character Pack by Jack Cull and Torn World Publishing

Elves live what seems like forever in most RPGs. Yet unless we have elven PCs, we rarely encounter an individual elf more than a few times in a campaign, and never see the effects of age over decades and centuries. We may encounter a young elf, an elf in middle-age, or an elderly elf, but . . . → Read More: Supplement Review: LaCroix: A Torn World Character Pack by Jack Cull and Torn World Publishing

Strong-Arm Tactics: Daddy DM

There are many men my age who worry about what life will be like once children enter the picture. They fret over whether they will be able to raise them properly, whether they will be able to provide for them and support them, on how they should interact with them, and a multitude of other . . . → Read More: Strong-Arm Tactics: Daddy DM

Supplement Review: The Shattered Blade Thieves: A Torn World Character Pack by Jack Cull from Torn World

When I started GMing many moons ago, I always had a collection of running lists on paper. I’d have a vague picture of the setting in broad strokes, but not have all the details worked out before a campaign began. So the running lists would serve as places to put down those details as they . . . → Read More: Supplement Review: The Shattered Blade Thieves: A Torn World Character Pack by Jack Cull from Torn World

Supplement Review: Enemies of NeoExodus: The Folding Circle from LPJ Design

Ever since gamers went online and began publishing their own materials, it’s been truly astounding to see the diversity and creativity of some of those ideas. And when the PDF marketplace went crazy, the floodgates opened up in an almost Darwinian fashion and many small publishing efforts have risen and fallen over the years. One . . . → Read More: Supplement Review: Enemies of NeoExodus: The Folding Circle from LPJ Design

Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: On Magic (or How Easy Solutions Can Spoil Your Game)

Slowly, a group of characters moves through the darkness of a dungeon. Blackness surrounds the PCs, someone stumbles, and the mage whispers “Let there be light.” Two seconds later a bright blue light bursts from his magic wand…

Have you seen this before in your own games? I know it very well. And every time . . . → Read More: Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room: On Magic (or How Easy Solutions Can Spoil Your Game)

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