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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 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.

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.

Axis & Allies miniatures ww2 town terrain, WIP

This post shows you detail about constructing models and terrain bases for ww2 town terrain meant to be used with Axis & Allies miniatures. You can see photos of the ready terrain in another post. You can see details about construction phases by bringing the mouse pointer on the photo.

Barricades in construction.

Base of operations - an essential element in RPG's

Home town gatehouse?

From both player's and GM's point of view I've enjoyed most about games where players have lived in one specific location. They get familiar with the people and location, may start to like people there, get possessions or even rule a portion of the area.

Basics of cardboard modelling

What is this tutorial for?
This tutorial teaches you how to cut cardboard accurately and safely. If you want to do some cardboard modelling, you should read this page as will give you some invaluable information. Did you know that large amount of cardboard modelling can even cause you permanent neural damage if you don't do it right?

Black hand - a model used in Ptolus and as D&D spell token

Shape of the hand is created from a wire

Black hand model in a dungeon
Black hand is a recurring theme in Ptolus, which is why I decided to create a model of such. In addition, it can be used to present various spells in D&D 4E as well as 3.x rules, and possibly in other rpg's too. And when trying to find more use for it, a subterranean hand that grabs people from the surface sounds quite mean...

Cardboard sailing ships (+WIP)

Two medieval ship models: Merchant ship and a warship
These two cardboard ships, a warship and a merchant ship, have seen frequent use in D&D games, as well as in an earlier Iron Heroes game. While IH was a different and refreshing variation from D&D, I find it currently too cumbersome ruleswise.