Tabletop RPGs

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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As with the frost mites from a few weeks ago, frost lizards don't challenge the PCs so much for their raw combat ability than for their ability to freeze their environment.

Huge frost lizards survive their extremely cold habitats by magically storing cold in their body and releasing it on demand....

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Surprise your players by throwing them a curve ball: higher-level bandits.

Kala, a half-elf woman, led an otherwise unassuming group of bandits on a series of raids along a lucrative trade route near the sea. One day, they fell on a group of adventurers who were transporting an artifact, and manag...

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Welcome to another post with advice for anyone who wants to run a fantasy tabletop RPG like D&D for the first time.

As the Game Master, you will control all the antagonistic forces arrayed against the PCs. As such, you'll need to know a few things about them.

Some GMs design all their antagoni...

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I'm taking inspiration from the classes in the recently released Xanathar's Guide to Everything for this week's faction. Today we come to the bard, and the College of Shadows leaps out to me.

Every few months, leaflets and town criers announce another performance by the Angel's Chorus, a locally...

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