The Ties That Bind

A RPG campaign lives and dies with the PCs. A GM can create an interesting setting backdrop, start the campaign off with a bang, and provide compelling reasons to want to explore the campaign world. However, the GM cannot force the PCs to actually stay together. Despite the GM’s best efforts, sometimes the various PCs’ . . . → Read More: The Ties That Bind

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!

The Gassy Gnoll: When Did It Become Us vs. Them?

Recently I was introduced to the idea of a “DM Kill Board” where DMs or GMs could jot down the particulars surrounding the death of a PC. Level and class details are intermixed along with the circumstances of the death. And I can’t help but be a little weirded out by this trend.

When did . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: When Did It Become Us vs. Them?

The Gassy Gnoll: State Your Intentions

When you begin a new tabletop RPG gaming experience, whether it’s a new campaign with new characters, adding a new player to the scene, or new characters to familiar worlds… what are your intentions? Do you even wonder?

If that seems a curious question, it very well might be. It’s not something I’ve pondered until . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: State Your Intentions

The Gassy Gnoll: Ban All Heroes!!

Adventurers and heroes must be a motley crew to be around. Why would any self-respecting town put up with them? They never (or hardly ever) bathe. They likely are covered in blood and guts. They move around from place to place never setting down roots. They loot bodies, tombs, and ruins and then want to . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Ban All Heroes!!

The Gassy Gnoll: Homesick Adventurers

On the road this week, the Gnoll is a little homesick – which is a far cry from last week and being sick-sick. But it’s made me ponder one of those often vilified parts of any campaign… travel. And it made me wonder… Do PCs ever get homesick?

Gassy Gnoll

Two groups ago I . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Homesick Adventurers

The Gassy Gnoll: Holiday Spirit – What are your campaign holidays?

As we work our way through this holiday-heavy month, I’m left wondering why we don’t see holidays as often in our RPG worlds. On Earth, as a species, humankind has always been happy to find a reason to celebrate. However, our campaign worlds whether historical, fantastic, modern, or futuristic don’t seem to share that gift.

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Sunday Knight News – Halloween Edition – 27-OCT-2012

This week I was feeling puny on Thursday night so didn’t get the Friday Knight News ready to go on time. The first half of the links appeared yesterday, but here are the rest of the links you may want to check out… May I present… The Sunday Knight News! Sort like the Sunday funnies, . . . → Read More: Sunday Knight News – Halloween Edition – 27-OCT-2012

Friday Knight News – Gaming Edition: 18-OCT-2012

Welcome to my little corner of the Internet! Here you’ll find… well… links! These are some of the week’s links I found interesting in one way or another. It’s obviously not every post on tabletop gaming that was written this week, but it’s a subset of those sites or sources that caught my eye, my . . . → Read More: Friday Knight News – Gaming Edition: 18-OCT-2012

News from Around the Net: 28-OCT-2011

As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, I can tell Halloween is fast approaching. It’s tough to remember going trick-or-treating without bundling up with a jacket over my costume growing up in Denver. And my kids have had the same luck with Halloween ever since we moved back to Colorado from Arizona. . . . → Read More: News from Around the Net: 28-OCT-2011

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