Roleplaying

Three Types of Roleplaying Mechanics

When I mention mechanics in a roleplaying game, most people will think about attacking with a sword or using magic to blast their enemies off the face of reality. That’s not what we’re talking about today. Instead, it’s time to examine the rules that govern … read more »

How to Construct a One-Shot Adventure

Many GMs are familiar with the struggle of writing a one-shot adventure. Unlike a long running campaign, you will not have multiple sessions to develop elements that make successful roleplaying adventures: immersive settings, meaningful characters, and strong player motivations. To get your players invested in … read more »

A Guide to Casual Roleplaying Scenes

When people describe their roleplaying game adventures, they tend to talk about desperate battles or heroic speeches. They recall the points of high adventure when everything rested on a single roll of the dice, or theatrical performances so good they brought the group to tears. … read more »

Four Steps for Making Campaigns Into Written Stories

Good roleplaying campaigns get the creative juices flowing for both GMs and players. So it’s no surprise that many people want to make written stories out of their best moments of tabletop. But roleplaying and writing are mediums with very important differences. If you’re looking … read more »

Save Prep Time by Reusing Monsters and Villains

As a game master, you want to regularly introduce new enemies into the adventure. When players know that they’ve faced (and defeated) a particular monster before, you run the risk of your game feeling more like level grinding than the epic saga you planned. But … read more »

Five Tips for Running a Mystery Game

Mystery is one of the most common types of roleplaying game sessions, especially for games that have moved out of the dungeon. They provide both a direction and objective for players: solve the mystery! Mysteries come preloaded with suspense and the subversion of expectations, plus … read more »