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Blue Thomas

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I would like to know which spell list(and descriptions) of OSR and clones types do you like the best, and why? 
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Ray Chapel

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Gnome Stew wrote a blog post saying his earlier preconceptions of min-maxers was wrong.  This inspired me to give a short history on the popularization of D&D's CharOps subculture.
Here's the article in question. I figure that a lot of folk are familiar with the concept of min-maxing, although in many circles it has negative connotations.  Some of it is justified, in that there are players who use their...
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I had no idea that 3.0 wasn't playtested past level 12. That explains quite a bit about 3.x iterations of the game.
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I've been a bit slow on the uptake on this issue in the past, but am glad that not everyone else is as well. Blatant sexism and advocating violence against other gamers has no place at my table.
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John Reyst

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In celebration of Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day, all Swords & Wizardry PDFs are 40% off today only at the Open Gaming Store! 

http://shop.d20pfsrd.com/collections/on-sale-now
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Jacob Zimmerman

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New players to Apocalypse World can have a difficult time choosing from all the class playbooks. These questions can lead them to their choice.

http://ramblingsofjacobanddelos.com/2015/04/17/apocalypse-world-quick-start/
So this past weekend I ran a fun AW game and I did playbook selection a bit differently. Instead of just putting a pile of sheets in front of people I instead asked leading questions like "Who is i...
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Heads up, Dragon Age fans. Green Ronin is FINALLY releasing the pen and paper adaptation in a single volume rather than three box sets. Not sure how I missed this news from earlier in the year.

http://greenroninstore.com/collections/dragon-age-rpg/products/dragon-age-rpg-core-rulebook
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UNIgames

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Tonight we're doing a final playtest of "High & Dry", the introductory adventure for Bethorm: the Plane of Tekumel RPG. It should be available for purchase on RPGNow in just a few weeks. Meet the mad clan chief of Mishabar! Thrill to the discovery of dark secrets from the Time of No Kings! Shiver you meet your doom beneath the crumbled ruins of the past! An adventure for 4-6 beginning Bethorm characters. http://bethorm.com/
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Notes from last week's playtest session, where we somewhat stress-tested Wounds.

The players made it to the end, but +John Kramer thinks that being able to revive characters after a fight all the time isn't tense enough, since it means that characters only die when everyone gets dropped during the same fight.

I'm inclined to agree, but I'd like to get a broader opinion (keeping in mind that there isn't going to be access to instant-healing).

#dungeonsanddelvers   #dungeoncrawl  
The last playtest went smashingly well, but we weren't sure if characters had enough Wounds to see them through a "normal" crawl, so this time we cut out the bullshit and just started at the foot of a crumbling lizardfolk ziggurat. As before it was a trio of 1st-level characters, ...
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The fourth article in my series on the Paladin class in D&D is up on Tribality.com. Read, enjoy, and share. :)
My general sense of the Paladin class is that it really took root in the imaginations of gamers during the eleven years of 2e’s publication (1989 to
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Hey guys, have you ever heard that old saying, "Show Don't Tell?" It's usually used in writing, but it can actually be used for GMing as well! See if this helps you with your games :)
"Show Don't Tell" is often mentioned in writing, but does this apply to GMing? It does. Most definitely! In fact, it can make the difference in your games.
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Showing is an excellent distraction for the PCs; give them more than they're prepared to react to & sit back
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A little nasty based on the artwork of +Mike Hill 
Recently, our good (and talented) friend Mike Hill posted some original artwork on the Pits & Perils community, asking someone to fill in the blanks and stat for P&P...  His only guidance to us was "it's known to some as The ...
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Blue Thomas

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The party searches the temple again, but there is something more afoot here.
Dreams and Nightmares pt4
Thu, April 23, 7:00 PM

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Hamenopi

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Chepe, DBJ, Frank, and John join Hamenopi for a chat about the pros and cons of DMPCs. Over 100 years of Gamemastering experience found in this discussion. I found it really enlightening.
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UNIgames

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A photo from last night's playtest of our first adventure for Bethorm: the Plane of Tekumel RPG. This is a simple 'on the way' encounter, meant to introduce players to the combat system. It's possible we put in too many Atlún-spiders ;-)
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In which I talk about encounter design - mostly for 5e, because it's what I'm playing right now, but I think the lessons are broadly applicable to other tabletop games.
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Mythoard

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7 hours left to get the April Mythoard! Lots of goodies in this one yall, grab it while you can!

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I wish more gamers would say "no" when it comes to committing to a campaign or a single session, instead of letting GMs wonder if they'll show up.

How do you handle the "x-factors"--the people that don't respond to emails or other forms of communication?

http://www.thewordofstelios.net/blog/behold-the-power-of-no

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I handle it by not making it an issue in the first place.  Given the opportunity, I generally prefer to run open-table games and allowing players to show up for any given session or not, with no commitment.  Of course, that requires a sizable pool of potential players to really work well, but, even when I only have a handful of players and most of them show up every week, my approach remains the same out of habit - I don't plan on any specific player or number of players being there, etc.  If someone misses multiple sessions without saying anything, the rest of us might get a bit concerned and wonder what happened to him (hopefully nothing tragic!), but I don't consider it rude/disrespectful/etc.
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Peter Regan

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Based on our redesign of the classic 1978 character sheet for the World's Most Popular Fantasy Roleplaying Game. This giant A1 poster (Pad of character sheets and PHB are shown in the photos for scale) looks great on a wall. ...
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R.J. Thompson

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Good Evening!  It is with exceptional pride that I announce our special guest for Friday Night's Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day Broadcast!  In addition to +James Spahn, +Adam Muszkiewicz, +Donn Stroud and myself we will b...
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