Worldbuilding is the holy grail of being a Dungeon Master or Game Master. Once you've tried some pre-build game modules, one inevitably wants to be a world builder. Join me on that path.
If you're Game Mastering an RPG campaign, it's a good idea to identify some basic concepts before you get too carried away with world design.
Need to invoke terror in your players at your next roleplaying game session? Here are a few tips how.
A brief review of Conan Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of tabletop roleplaying game by Modiphius. Includes a sample character creation.
This guide to the zen archer archetype takes you through the ins-and-outs of the various class abilities and gets you started with a short sample build to show you what you can do with your bow-toting monk.
The most important things that you need to know to be a better gamer, but won't learn from the rulebooks.
If you're looking to play a rogue in Pathfinder, this guide will explain the essential skills you'll want to master and cover some common build types.
A guide to the cruel vivisectionist, an archetype for the alchemist class in Pathfinder. Contains an overview of abilities and a 5th-level sample build to serve as a starting point for your character.
This article will look at the rules for the new Psychic Phase for 7th Edition Warhammer 40k, including Warp Pool, Warp Charge, Daemonology, and Deny the Witch rolls.
How to build a fantastic old school Warhammer Army using miniatures from a variety of manufacturers and some of your own sculpts.
I take a look at the hexcrafter magus archetype, as well as highlight some hexes that are interesting choices. At the end, as usual, you'll find a small sample build.
This guide takes a quick look at the spellslinger's forgotten buddy, the arcane bomber. It includes a general overview and some advice on how to build the character, including a sample build.
A quick look at Pathfinder's burglar archetype--the perfect way to make sure you're prepared for a trap-loving Game Master.
What do you think of when you think of adventure games? Treasure! This article examines Dungeons and Dragons treasure, and how players can increase their chances of finding it.
Apocalypse Formations for 6th edition Warhammer 40k, listing the models needed and the special rules for each Formation. Blood Angels, Chaos Daemons, Chaos Space Marines, and Dark Angels.
Creating maps for RPGs is a labour of love. You can go all out and create a map with high detail or just scratch a few lines on a piece of scrap paper. It all depends on you what you want.
When world building for a role-playing game, like Dungeons and Dragons, a world map is essential. Follow along with this tutorial and learn how to create a custom map that will impress any player.
Dungeons and Dragons can be overwhelming for beginners. This article offers some guidance around what new players should expect, and suggestions for how they should work their way into the game.
In an RPG, your character is both your proxy in the world where the story takes place and your playing piece for the game. Creating a great character will lead to a better game for everyone.
Have you ever wondered what you needed to start playing Dungeons and Dragons? The mystery is over. This article gives a general explanation and some insight into the best tabletop RPG ever.
Bring the post-apocalypse world of Mad Max, Fallout, and The Road to your roleplaying game with these 11 killer adventure seeds.
Here are some basic tips for how to handle those players who seem intent on being troublesome in your tabletop roleplaying game sessions.
Apocalypse: Warhammer 40k is the brand new supplement designed to fight battles of epic proportions. This article looks at the overallcontents of the book and provides a hub for more detailed reviews.
A look at why Pathfinder's holy gun archetype doesn't work as advertised, and how you can play a similar and more effective character without it, including a brief sample build.
A guide to the knife master rogue archetype for Pathfinder, including a short sample build to get you started.
This article looks at the rules for the upcoming 7th Edition of Warhammer 40k. New rules will be added as the news breaks, followed by detailed analysis as the full rules are released.
This is the second part to my new Eldar Codex review for Warhammer 40k 6th edition. In this part I will be covering the HQ options for the new codex.
The archetypal Dark Lord is a cliche for a reason, but Game Masters can improve on them, bringing an emotional weight to every battle and binding the players to their foe using certain techniques.
When people think of Dungeons and Dragons they think of E. Gary Gygax. But the true master of Role Playing Games was Frank Mentzer. It's time he and his work were given the credit they deserve.
In my last article we explored how 6th edition Warhammer 40k has dramatically changed the pre-game set up. If you haven't read it yet, I highly suggest you read the article as there are too many important changes to list again here. You can find...
This Apocalypse 40k article will focus on the remaining Mission Special Rules; Strategic Assets, Strategic Reserves, and Unnatural Disasters.
An overview and review of the rules for Modiphius's Conan RPG. Is it the right game for you? It is for me.
In Dungeons and Dragons, a Chaotic Neutral lives for himself and values personal freedom above all. Learn about what traits define this alignment, as well as how to properly play a Chaotic Neutral character.
An overview of the spellslinger wizard archetype for the Pathinder Roleplaying Game, including a basic sample build.
This is final part of my Imperial Knights Codex review. We will get right to the rules for super-heavy walkers, army composition, knight rules, and allies.
This article will preview the new Codex: Legion of the Damned for Warhammer 40k. It will look at the current Legion of the Damned rules and speculate on new unit entries. Updated!
This article will examine the controversy that they Dungeons and Dragons franchise has received over the years.
Creating a 4th Edition Dungeons and Dragons character is a daunting and lengthy process. Learn what materials you will need, as well as available races, classes and abilities.
Conan Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of has a lot of options for your characters, particularly when it comes to weapons. I have created a few new ones here for use in my games.
This guide takes a look at barbarian rage powers and the most common build type (using a big two-hander. Included is a short sample build.
An overview of the Dungeons and Dragons table top RPG. From its humble beginnings to the game it has become today and what the future holds.
Mutants & Masterminds is a tabletop Roleplaying Game featuring super heroes and villains; this is a feature on how to create a solid character concept for your next game.
In this article, I will review the first three Eldar Phoenix Lords: Asurmen, Jain Zar, and Karandras.
Creating mountains for fantasy maps is as easy as manipulating a few of the filters in GIMP 2.8. Placing mountains where you want them to be is simple.
If you're curious about Pathfinder's synthesist archetype for the summoner, this guide will give you an overview and a sample build to get you started!
This part of my review of the new Tau Codex 6th Edition will focus on the new army rules including army-wide rules, Warlord Traits, and drone rules.
This guide takes a look at the martial artist archetype for monks in Pathfinder and includes a small sample build.
Elder Sign is a board game for adults based on the mythology of author H.P. Lovecraft. It's played with dice and cards and it combines horror elements with a film noir atmosphere.
Intimidated by all those Fighter archetypes in Pathfinder? I break down all of the archetypes from the core books and discuss them in brief, so you don't have to read each one in full to know if it could work for your character.
A provocative, realistic look into the types of scenarios that players feel warrant sex in an RPG and how a gamemaster should handle such requests.
This article will look at how to choose an army for a battle in Warhammer 40K, 7th edition, using the rules for unbound armies and battle-forged armies, Primary and Secondary Detachments.
Starting a new roleplaying game campaign can sometimes seem contrived, stilted, and un-natural. With these three tips, you can breath new life into old, tired tropes.
An in-depth look at Pathfinder's fighter and what you can do to make sure you're a solid asset to your group. This guide takes a look at several common fighter types (based on fighting style) and provides sample builds for them to get you started. Recently updated to expand sample builds up through 10th level.
If you're looking to make a dedicated healer in Pathfinder, you can't go wrong with the Merciful Healer cleric archetype. This guide gives a quick overview on why you can go toe-to-toe with an oracle of life in the healing department and offers a 5-level sample build.
Looking for the perfect idea to jumpstart your next game, RPG campaign, or adventure in your favorite steampunk universe? This article provides inspiration for DMs and fantasy lovers.
I take a look at the dervish bard archetype, overviewing its abilities and providing a sample build to get you started.
This article describes the influence Gary Gygax, creator of Dungeons and Dragons, had on the author and millions of other kids in the 1970s
Learn how to make a character in D&D v3.5, from choosing a race or class, learning stats, picking skills, getting the right equipment, and creating a character description. Good luck!
Want to terrify your players with some killer adventure starters or find the inspiration you need to make a campaign suitably scary? Look no further. Consider this the crypt of scary adventure seeds.
This part of my new Eldar Codex 6th Edition review will focus on the Fast Attack section: swooping hawks, warp spiders, shining spears, flyers, and vyper squadrons.
Looking for the perfect trap, puzzle or challenge to keep your players on their toes and add a little spice to your RPG campaign or dungeon crawl? Well here are 101 awesome ideas you can grab, modify, reuse, or otherwise tweak as many ways or times as you'd like to give your players something fresh to run across every time they dive into the danger zone.
Here is a simple way to create a cavern map for your D&D or other roleplaying game. Included in this tutorial is a video how-to.
A brief guide to the mindchemist archetype for Pathfinder, including a sample build. The mindchemist is the best way to maximize Knowledge skills in the game.
GURPS 4th Edition was released nearly 10 years ago. In that time, the system has proven to be far less than it needed to be. What's wrong? How can it be fixed? What needs to happen next?
Your map is drawn and now it is time to add labeling. Inside are techniques to draw labels that follow the contours of the roads or rivers.
Hello! If you're reading this, you're most likely interested in becoming a GM (Game Master) or DM (Dungeon Master) of your very own roleplaying game. Perhaps you've been a player in a game and now you wish to take control, or maybe you're simply...
A look at Pathfinder's spellbreaker archetype, including the best arcane schools to defend yourself against and a sample build.
In this section of my Apocalypse 40k review, I am looking at more Mission Special Rules, specifically the Finest Hour rules and the Sons of the Primarch rule for Imperial and Chaos Space Marines.
Lookin' for some jing chai ideas to use in your next bout of Firefly or Serenity-themed RPG match? You don't need to look no further than here.
Part 3 of my Eldar Codex review for Warhammer 40k 6th edition will look at the Troops selection (Guardians, Dire Avengers, Rangers, Jetbikes, and even Wraithguard)
6th edition Warhammer 40k was released in June 2012 and brought serious changes to the rules we've been using for 5 years with 5th edition. Some of the changes are game-altering, while some are subtle shifts. The 450+ page rule book published by...