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"I learn Lightning bolt" - or can learning spells be more interesting?

Lightning bold - Learning spells in roleplaying games

Lightning bold - Learning spells in roleplaying gamesOne of the most impressive moments I've experienced in a rpg as a player was in Runequest campaign, where my character wanted to learn some more spirit magic, healing this time. The following text tells how the learning was handled - the GM running the game is quite exceptional GM and I've learned a lot from him.

'Ok, which ones of you are carrying the light?'

Magical light and a torch, finished!

As our games often go forward fast, that question often comes up. Especially when fighting against enemies that can see in darkness, it can become important. It is often ignored, but it can become an effective combat tactic to get rid of opponent's lights.

Magical light and a torch, finished!

A closer look to Star Wars interior terrain pieces

I've spent a lot of time to prepare some big changes for the site, but it's already some time from my previous post and I wanted to post something new on the site. I started digging my materials and found some photos of Star Wars interior terrain pieces I had traded away, very similar to those I'm using myself. I realized that I had't made article showing my Star Wars interior terrains in detail, so now you'll see better pictures of these terrains, as well as get some insight about how these terrains were built.

 

A jewel from Pathfinder miniatures for every DDM collector

Medusa, standing at the door of a temple

While I have little need for Pathfinder miniatures after collecting a large amount of D&D miniatures, I found one diamond from the collection that every DDM collector should be aware of - Medusa. D&D monster design decisions have moved away from classic themes since the late releases of 3E line, and I haven't been happy most of these changes. What I did like is what they did to Lamia. But medusa, just like dryad, were transformed into something that wasn't so main stream.

A list every prepainted miniatures fan should be aware of

While the most stuff I'm posting here is created by myself, once in a while I find something I must share. Today, I stumbled upon a new list at boardgamegeek, one collecting together various products containing prepainted miniatures. While I knew most of them, there were many new ones on the list too. From Star Wars Starship battles and Mage Knight to Angels 20 and Shadows over Camelot: A Company of Knights, you'll find here info and pictures of prepainted miniatures of many different genres and flavor.

A question to gamemasters: How many npc's for a rpg session?

Fellow gamemasters, I need your input; I'm trying to create a game preparation formula that can be used for most games. For this, I need some input from you. I'd appreciate if you can tell a bit about your game preparations, mainly how many and how well prepared npc's you need.

A sale everyone who likes rpg maps should check

Just a short heads-up - Heroic Maps is having a sale, giving -75%(!) off it's EXCELLENT maps! I wasn't happy to see it this late, as the sale is a christmas calendar sale, one product at a time being sold at a fraction of it's cost. Today's item is Lostwhere forest, which look to be forest terrain I tried to find before settling for D&D wildeness tiles, which are handy but far from the looks of this map!

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A sidebuilding from my childhood farm

This is a model of an old sidebuilding at my childhood home. The scale of the model is 1:100 and the size of it's base 25*25 cm. The blossoming lawn has been created by scattering dyed sawdust on green paint and a layer of glue still wet. 

Altering pacifism -hindrance in your games

Pacifism hindrance

Pacifism is a type of hindrance/disadvantage/flaw that works very differently in different types of games. In most games I play or run, no-one would take the pacifism unless there's a work-a-round against it's limitations - and I can't blame anyone for that, as these games usually have at least one combat each session, and usually everyone's most eagerly waiting for those combats! And they often are the most exciting parts of a game session.

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