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.
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.
This article describes the influence Gary Gygax, creator of Dungeons and Dragons, had on the author and millions of other kids in the 1970s
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.
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.
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.
The most important things that you need to know to be a better gamer, but won't learn from the rulebooks.
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.
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.
An overview of the spellslinger wizard archetype for the Pathinder Roleplaying Game, including a basic sample build.
A guide to the knife master rogue archetype for Pathfinder, including a short sample build to get you started.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
An overview and review of the rules for Modiphius's Conan RPG. Is it the right game for you? It is for me.
A quick look at Pathfinder's burglar archetype—the perfect way to make sure you're prepared for a trap-loving Game Master.
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.
I take a look at the dervish bard archetype, overviewing its abilities and providing a sample build to get you started.
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.
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.
This article features 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.
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.
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 on how to do so.
In this Pathfinder guide, take a quick look at the awesome musket master archetype, and get advice on a foundational build up to level 5.
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 article will help set up a Conan RPG players for success and contains some handy roleplaying aides.
A brief review of the "Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of" tabletop roleplaying game by Modiphius. Includes a sample character creation.
Learn how to make a character in D&D v3.5—including choosing a race or class, learning stats, picking skills, getting the right equipment, and creating a character description. Good luck!
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.
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.
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.
In Naruto, there are certain metals that can conduct Chakra better than ordinary iron or steel. These metals are rare and expensive, but the punch they pack is well worth the cost if you’ve got the Ryo (cash) to spare. Stat out your own with this online supplement for the Naruto pen and paper RPG.
Bring the post-apocalypse world of Mad Max, Fallout, and The Road to your roleplaying game with these 11 killer adventure seeds.
A brief guide to the mindchemist archetype for Pathfinder; includes a sample build. The mindchemist is the best way to maximize Knowledge skills in the game.
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.
This article provides a look at the qinggong monk archetype, including recommended ki powers and a sample build.
This guide takes a look at the martial artist archetype for monks in Pathfinder and includes a small sample build.
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 of why you can go toe-to-toe with an oracle of life in the healing department and offers a five-level sample build.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to build a fantastic old school Warhammer Army using miniatures from a variety of manufacturers and some of your own sculpts.
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.
Here are some basic tips for how to handle those players who seem intent on being troublesome in your tabletop roleplaying game sessions.
A look at Pathfinder's spellbreaker archetype, including the best arcane schools to defend yourself against and a sample build.
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.
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.
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?