When designing or running an adventure, you need to be careful about how you use details. While details can make a story alive, they can also make your players fall asleep.
A little but invaluable tool I've used in my 4E games. I mark up player characters' passive perceptions and insights, plus any other important notes (that don't need to be secret) on this sheet, and when it's time to fight, initiatives are easy to mark on the left side of the sheet.
Below the tables there's a large empty space; you'll find use for it when you start calculating hp's of the enemies!
You've most likely seen the prequel movies, perhaps also watched the Clone Wars series. While everyone doesn't like them, or even hate them, one thing can be said for sure - a character concept that is perfect for roleplaying games exists in them - Jedi. The jedi lead, fly, negotiate, investigate, fight with blazing swords defeating loads of opponents - they are HEROES. And perhaps you've already noticed that some stupid movies would work extremely well if they were roleplaying games, as players love to do stupid things even if they don't like watch someone else doing such!
Every GM has her own tools of the trade, little tricks she uses in his games. Sometimes you can just shake things out of your sleeve, but sometimes it's good to have some kind of tool you can use when in doubt. A tool I've used for years is a Luck roll, a simple d6 you roll for the character or group doing something.
In a recent discussion about roleplaying mechanics I heard an opinion mentioning that character flaws should be a disadvantage and therefore rewarding well for playing them isn't something that should be done. My way of looking at flaws is completely opposite. While flaws are in general supposed to be a tool of balancing (or in practice min-maxing) characters, they work best as a tool to bring atmosphere, good story and drama to a game. And for this purpose, they work best if players want their flaws to cause them problems.
I'm most fascinated about an idea of being able to run games for my kid(s) some day. And not just for fun; rpg's work well for educational purposes too. You can use games to teach kids historical facts, lessons about behavior and moral and other useful things while having fun!
I know social media applications have been used in gaming more or less, but before now, I haven't found one that really is to my liking. Well, I liked Google Wave a lot, but it had it's issues and is now being shut down. But the new rising star among social media sites is Pinterest, which is extremely useful for roleplayers, terrain builders and miniature collectors as well. And as I'm verfy visually oriented person, it's quite natural I enjoy this new toy. But as a gamer, I wanted to think of using this toy also in gaming.
I have way too many game worlds and genres on my 'to-run' list, so I have no hope of running many of them as a campaign. I would't have enough material to run a campaign for many of them anyway, but on the other hand, I wouldn't want to run them as straight one-shots either; Players often want some continuity, so a series of one-shots doesn't sound so good.
I found a bunch of photos I've taken of my exterior terrains, of which I haven't been posting much photos. These models see use in almost every fantasy rpg session!
May the 4th be with you! This is an excellent day to speak about what makes a great Star Wars roleplaying game. Star Wars as a whole is epic, larger-than-life, heroic, pulpy action, exciting, it has large fleet battles, chases, dogfights, hutts, scoundrels, smugglers, droids, bounty hunters, a large number of aliens, huge beasts and wondrous planets and other locations, usually quite extreme in some way. One big part in the movies are also personal growth stories.