Tabletop RPGs

Usually, my factions are made up of groups. But a faction can also be encapsulated in an individual, someone who may have incidental followers and hangers-on but remains the central threat. Many video game villains serve this role: yes, they may command troops, but even if they acted on their own th...

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I know, "you all start at a tavern" is a cliché. But that's a good thing.

You need to start your game in some physical location. The location will feel like a natural choice if it's a natural meeting place. A tavern is a good choice because that's exactly its purpose: a meeting place for many peop...

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Some folks like to subvert expectations by creating an evil Santa Claus. To me, that undercuts the spirit of the season a bit too much.

Instead, I'm going to stat up Saint Nicholas as an ally NPC, using a monster stat block just because it's frankly easier when running an NPC.

Saint Nicholas run...

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Most factions are serious assistants or impediments to the party. This week, let's lighten things up with a faction we can play for laughs.

Darek is a charismatic, enthusiastic dwarf who leads a rag-tag adventuring party he's dubbed Darek's Delvers. Darek loves nothing more than diving into an aba...

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So you want to run a fantasy RPG! This series of posts will guide you in running your first few sessions, getting your group established effectively.

In my previous posts, I created a simple enemy faction that I'll use as an example for your first game session. As a reminder, here's that faction:

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In the cyberpunk near future, hoverbike gangs rove the streets looking for excitement.

Gangs are wonderfully versatile tools for the GM. Need to talk to someone? They belong to a gang. Need to get into a location? It's in the gang's turf. Need a complication? A gang drives by and takes offense a...

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Taking inspiration from the classes in the recently released Xanathar's Guide to Everything for this week's faction, today we come to the cleric. While the Grave Domain has some juicy options, I'm more drawn to the Forge Domain.

Kovalla, the Forge of the Gods. One hundred years ago, a small grou...

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In the first part of this post, I laid out the six things you need to know about a faction:

  • Faction Type
  • Leader
  • Name (faction and leader)
  • Goals
  • Resources
  • Current Actions

In that post, we defined the faction's basic type and leader, and named them. Time to finish it up!

The Faction's

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