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Brian Fitzpatrick
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Looking for some feedback if anybody has some on this idea of using a sword or other blade as a plot device (MacGuffin)... Anybody?

http://www.moebiusadventures.com/put-to-the-sword-macguffins-work/
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Traveling in Europe recently I felt a bit like a fish out of water and wondered how to translate that to a game world... 

http://www.moebiusadventures.com/stranger-in-a-strange-land/
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Those are fascinating touches Murray. I think it definitely goes beyond looks to agreed-upon-behaviors as you've pointed out with your great examples!
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What questions do you ask when you're creating new characters for the table? Keith has some good ideas in here, but I'm curious what folks consider the "must answer" questions during character development!
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The amount of questions that's pertinent to ask will depend on the number of players, premise of the game, and lethality rates of your DM (I'm presuming you're talking about d&d, given your post).

- In any game with four or more players, you can't expect the GM to give individual characters any "special attention" if the party is to get anything done that game session.

- It is safe to assume your hometown's childhood sweetheart and sugar daddy are going to be completely irrelevant in a game where the party starts every new session in a different part of the map.

- If your GM is gygaxian then any form of attachment to your character is folly. There's a reason why players didn't bother naming their characters until lvl 3 back in the #BadOldDays.

Alas, the amount and nature of the questions in that post are only fitting for a city game with 2 players at most, and a rather laid-back DM. Bringing a three pages long bio sheet to a beer&pretzels game is not only a waste of your time, it will get you chastised as a Special Snowflake. Don't be "that player."
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I'm always on the hunt for questions to ask about characters, whether I'm playing them as a PC or an NPC. Keith has another set of good questions in here!
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I've been lucky to have Keith Byers staking a claim to a regular column of irregular topics on RPGs... Lately he's been covering some of those questions that players can use to dive more deeply into character backgrounds and more. Not sure if this is "allowed" here (to post original content from your own site instead of independent 3rd party stuff) - so feel free to remove if it's not playing by the rules. But I think he asks some good questions here and in the first part (there's a link in the post). 
Welcome again fellow adventurers! Let’s take creating characters further yet. In the last article, we discussed backgrounds, personality, and appearance. Now we will discuss some of the other…
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Good find Brian! I moved it to the "Original Content" category. Cheers!
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Fairy tales are old. I wonder how this could play into a campaign... bringing those stories we all hear as children to the fore again. A darker Grimm where the monsters are hunting you. :)
Study of fairy story origins traces some back thousands of years, with one tale dating back as far as bronze age
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The ubiquitous 5'x'5' or 10'x'10' square doesn't seem to translate well to the real world as I found recently on a trip to Spain. There, the world is very vertical with spaces going at odd angles and multiple levels... how can we translate that into our game maps I wonder?

http://www.moebiusadventures.com/stranger-in-a-strange-land-continued/
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This is incredible! That said, I wonder how I could bring a whole lost civilization into my current game world. This might be one way. Imagine tablets, each with a particular magical rune, but they have been collected for years by the rich and powerful. One day someone puts a few together and suddenly blows up their house... how long does it take for some magician or wizard to piece it together and start using these as a finite resource to further their own ends? Hrmmm!

http://gizmodo.com/this-babylonian-astronomy-text-changes-history-1755458324
More than a thousand years before the first telescopes, Babylonian astronomers tracked the motion of planets across the night sky using simple arithmetic. But a newly translated text reveals that these ancient stargazers also used a far more advanced method, one that foreshadows the development of calculus over a thousand years later.
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Are you ever on the hunt for more questions to ask when developing deeper, more involved PCs? Keith has some good thoughts in here (and in the first part). 

What are your "must ask" questions when you're creating a new character as a PC or NPC?
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More questions you can ask as a player (or GM) to try and fill in more of the backstory of some of our cool characters. 
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Tons of great ideas to mine in here for mythological/fantastic civilizations that may have slipped beneath the waves... 
Local legends often tell of cities or islands that have been lost to the waves. Nowadays we are sceptical of these tales, but some of them really happened
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I'm having far too much fun with the RPG Blog Carnival again this month from +Phil Nicholls :) 

Need a guardian for that door or gate? Here are a few questions to help you along... 
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  • Westminster High School
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Fitz is a software engineer and writer who lives in Colorado Springs, CO, with his wife, two daughters, two dogs, and three rats, trying desperately to survive the chaos.
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Self published a RPG and now am writing about others' RPGs. :)
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