Roleplaying

How Should I Handle Players With Jerk Characters?

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Over the last few years, I’ve been making a gradual transition from hack-and-slash based campaigns to more story focused play, and one problem I’ve encountered is that many players don’t seem to get that their characters are allowed to grow. I’ve now had 2 specific … read more »

Scum and Villainy Shines Despite Flaws

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The best part of being an RPG reviewer is that I have a constant excuse to research the cutting edge of roleplaying design, and today that research leads me to Scum and Villainy. Published by Off Guard Games and Evil Hat Productions, this space opera … read more »

Six Unstated Expectations for Roleplaying

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When new players are introduced to roleplaying games, they are usually encouraged to do whatever their characters would do in the narrative. If only it were that simple. While getting into character is a great thing, the best roleplayers balance it against what their group expects … read more »

187 – Party Composition

The Mythcreant Podcast

How many wizards should a party have? What about fighters? Does it even matter? That’s right, this week we’re talking about party composition in roleplaying games. Well, mostly in roleplaying games. We touch on other mediums too. Listen as we discuss which games require a … read more »

Customizing a Campaign for Your Players

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Whenever I join an RPG campaign as a player rather than the GM, there’s one thing I want more than anything else: a story about me. Me specifically. I want to feel like my character was indispensable to the story, that no other character could … read more »

186 – RPG Villains

The Mythcreant Podcast

Making a villain for your roleplaying campaign is always tricky. You want them to be intimidating and fun to fight, so the natural instinct is to spend a lot of time fleshing them out. But what if your players don’t like that villain? Then you’ve … read more »

Five Settings That Are Great for Roleplaying

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Have you ever been reading or watching a story and enjoyed the setting so much that you wanted to experience it for yourself? Thanks to roleplaying games, you can! Using an established setting for your campaign is a time-honored tradition; it lets the players experience … read more »