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Begin Again (10 Dungeon Origins)

Classic fantasy gaming has a strong legacy of danger and death filled dungeons but sometimes the appearance of the third or forth dungeon can stretch what is believable and damage the verisimilitude at the table. 791 more words

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game

Resources: Less-than-logical Puzzles

My last post about puzzles in roleplaying games included a few examples. I’m quite proud of those – they’re fun in their own right and fit in well with fantasy settings. 1,264 more words


Why I Homebrew

No, sadly, this post isn’t about beer.  I don’t mind a good beer now and again, and my partner Nixie loves her beer.  This Dungeon Mistress prefers her wine or a craft root beer to beer, but that’s another post for another place.   776 more words

Role-Playing Games

Resources: Evil PCs

I’m in a bit of a dark and morally ambiguous mood, so what better time to talk about evil PCs? Campaigns with characters of less-than-stellar life choices aren’t uncommon, but I wonder how much more popular they would be if they didn’t… well… sometimes go catastrophically wrong. 2,554 more words


Tabletop Tutorial Adventure

So, I’m currently in the process of working out the narrative for a new campaign for a group of players, three-quarters of whom have never played any tabletop RPG before. 2,717 more words

Role-Playing Games

Break Stuff (Power Tier Deviations in Pathfinder)

Earlier this week, we built out a (very) general outline of level tiers and abilities to anticipate when GMing, planning encounters or designing campaigns. We all know however that players like to deviate from norms as matter of nightly play. 674 more words

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game

A Note On Beginnings (Or, Starting Sessions With Style).

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”  848 more words