Tabletop RPGs

I'm writing this during a cold spell, so let's create a giant frost mammoth.

However, a frost mammoth shouldn't just be a big, hairy animal. Oh, no. A frost mammoth is an avatar of winter, a force of nature that can use the ice itself as a weapon. Any normal person who stumbles across a frost ma...

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This is a seasonal faction; one that's only dangerous or notable at a particular time of the year.

Quinder directs a wealthy halfling merchant family that specializes in the ice trade. His large extended family cuts out large chunks of ice from lakes in the frozen north and carts them south to the...

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As a GM, you'll need to record notes about your campaign. I'm going to assume that you're using a physical binder (as I recommend; more on that later), but obviously you can replace "sheet" with "file" or "note" or whatever works if you're using a digital solution.

  • Calendar
  • Session logs
  • PC she...

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Victims of cruel experimentation by an insane sorcerer, a small group of diminutive men and women found their freedom. Shunned and feared by society, they have become small-time bandits, using their special abilities to survive.

They specialize in ranged attacks, using their innate time powers to...

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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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