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Tips for Buying a Mah Jongg Set

This article is a guide for the novice player who is in the market for his first Mah Jongg set. It discusses what is included and gives the author's preferences.

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Why You Should Play Dungeon World

This flexible and easy-to-learn role-playing game is a must-try for anyone with a shred of imagination.

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Preparing to Begin Miniature Painting: 30 Key Terms

Before starting to paint your miniatures, make sure you know what these 30 important terms mean!

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Getting Started With Dungeons and Dragons: Starter Set Vs Essentials Kit

There are two similar kits to help you get started playing "Dungeons and Dragons" 5e—the Starter Set and the Essentials Kit. This article will help you decide which set is right for you.

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Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle Game Review

A review of the cooperative deck-building card game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle.

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Top 10 Strongest Dragon Types in "Dungeons & Dragons"

Count down the ten most powerful dragons in the fifth edition of Dungeons and Dragons!

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Collecting Fantasy Miniatures for Warhammer Army

How to build a fantastic old school Warhammer Army using miniatures from a variety of manufacturers and some of your own sculpts.

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One-Shot D&D Adventure for New DMs & Players: The Zeppelin Effect

A simple but fun adventure for new players and Dungeon Masters for D&D 5e

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Tabletop Roleplaying Game Player Aides

This article will help set up a Conan RPG players for success and contains some handy roleplaying aides.

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New Weapons for the Conan RPG

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.

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Reviewing 2d20 Conan Rules

An overview and review of the rules for Modiphius's Conan RPG. Is it the right game for you? It is for me.

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Modiphius's Conan RPG: Let the Adventure Begin

A brief review of the "Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of" tabletop roleplaying game by Modiphius. Includes a sample character creation.

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Dark Lords: Building Better Lords of Evil

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.

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Creating Fantasy Maps With GIMP: Worldbuilding—The Texture Map

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.

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Creating Fantasy Maps With Gimp: Labelling

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.

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Creating Fantasy Maps With GIMP: Caverns

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.

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Creating Mountains for Fantasy Maps in GIMP 2.8 (2.10.12)

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.

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Creating a Fantasy Map: A Step-by-Step Tutorial

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.

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Why Sex Happens in Tabletop RPGs and How to Deal With It

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.

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Four Ways to Handle Troublesome Roleplaying Game Players

Here are some basic tips for how to handle those players who seem intent on being troublesome in your tabletop roleplaying game sessions.

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3 Ways to Begin Your Next Roleplaying Game Campaign

Starting a new roleplaying game campaign can sometimes seem contrived, stilted, and unnatural. With these three tips, you can breath new life into old, tired tropes.

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Five Tips for New Dungeons and Dragons Players

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.

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Five Ways to Invoke Terror in Your Roleplaying Session

Need to invoke terror in your players at your next roleplaying game session? Here are a few tips on how to do so.

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Star Wars Epic Duels Review

Review and learn how to play an obscure but intriguing Star Wars board/card game!

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Brainstorming Your RPG Campaign

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.

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Seven Rules Every RPG Player Should Follow

The most important things that you need to know to be a better gamer, but won't learn from the rulebooks.

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How to Create Great RPG Characters

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.

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What Do You Need to Start Playing Dungeons and Dragons?

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.

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How to Build Unbound and Battle-Forged Armies in Warhammer 40K, 7th Edition

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.

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The Future of GURPS

GURPS 4th Edition was released in 2004. Since then, 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?

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Frank Mentzer: The True Master of D&D

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.

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Elder Sign, a Fun Board Game for Horror Fans

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.

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A Guide to the Martial Artist Monk (Pathfinder)

This guide takes a look at the martial artist archetype for monks in Pathfinder and includes a small sample build.

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How to Play a Chaotic-Neutral Character in Dungeons and Dragons

In Dungeons and Dragons, a chaotic-neutral lives for themself and values personal freedom above all. Learn about what traits define this alignment and how to properly play a chaotic-neutral character.

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A Guide to the Vivisectionist Alchemist (Pathfinder)

A guide to the cruel vivisectionist, an archetype for the alchemist class in Pathfinder. This article contains an overview of abilities and a 5th-level sample build to serve as a starting point for your character.

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How to Make a Character for 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons

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.

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Five Tips for Building Mutants and Masterminds Characters

Mutants & Masterminds is a tabletop roleplaying game featuring superheroes and villains; this is a feature on how to create a solid character concept for your next game.

A Guide to the Two-Handed Fighter (Pathfinder)

A look at the two-handed fighter archetype from Pathfinder, including a short sample build.

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A Guide to the Zen Archer Monk (Pathfinder)

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.

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A Guide to the Knife Master Rogue (Pathfinder)

A guide to the knife master rogue archetype for Pathfinder, including a short sample build to get you started.

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A Fighter's Guide to Archetypes (Pathfinder)

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.

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A Guide to the Barbarian (Pathfinder)

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.

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A Guide to the Hexcrafter Magus (Pathfinder)

I take a look at the hexcrafter magus archetype, as well as highlighting some hexes that are interesting choices. At the end, as usual, you'll find a small sample build.

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Improve Your Treasure Hunting in Dungeons and Dragons

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.

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A Guide to the Arcane Bomber (Pathfinder)

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.

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A Guide to the Qinggong Monk (Pathfinder)

This article provides a look at the qinggong monk archetype, including recommended ki powers and a sample build.

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Pathfinder: A Guide to the Divine Hunter Paladin

A look at the divine hunter paladin archetype, including a sample build.

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A Guide to the Spellbreaker Inquisitor (Pathfinder)

A look at Pathfinder's spellbreaker archetype, including the best arcane schools to defend yourself against and a sample build.

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A Guide to the Master of Many Styles Monk (Pathfinder)

An overview of the master of many styles archetype from Ultimate Combat and a sample build.

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A Guide to the Trapper Ranger (Pathfinder)

A look at Pathfinder's trapper ranger archetype (from Ultimate Magic), including a sample build.