Category Archives: Advice to Beginners

Village & Town Maps

My players tend to be wanderers, moving from one town to the next. That means I have to have a lot of town map templates ready for them. One way I do this is save every town map I can … Continue reading

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MERP: An Adventurer’s Pack & Kit (Equipment)

As an aid to others building their ranger kit in MERP, and perhaps for others building kits in other games, Araluth offers the following list. First, his clothing. Clothing, weapons, and armor do not count against encumbrance in MERP, if … Continue reading

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Hedgehobbit on Early Roleplaying Methods

Hedgehobbit has a series of videos on YouTube talking about early games. Good stuff, but I’ve played most of those so I didn’t get much out of most of them. This discussion, however, I found really fascinating. He is very … Continue reading

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11 Ways to be a better Roleplayer

Just found this blog about being a better roleplayer. It is old (June 20, 2013), but really rings true for me. Check it out. 11 Ways to be a better Roleplayer

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“We search the room”

What does that mean? In Journeyman, characters use the Sense skill to observe the world around them. Here’s how that works during the game. Notice: If the characters walk by something that might be useful (a clue, a feature of … Continue reading

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Dungeonmastering Again

So I’m running my own campaign again (the Navah campaign) and loving it. But I’m a different referee than I used to be. Back in 2012, I talked about some of the checks I had to put on my ego … Continue reading

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Character Backgrounds in Journeyman

When creating your character in Journeyman for the Navah campaign, please let me know which of the following backgrounds you want your character to have trained in: Acolyte Acrobat Actor Archer Artillerist Assassin Bard Burglar Caravaneer Cavalry Circus Freak Circus … Continue reading

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Gods & Magic in Navah

One of the issues I face in running the Navah campaign is the preconceptions that many people bring to the game that are based on other game dynamics or fantasy cultures (i.e. Tolkien). One of the most common is the … Continue reading

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Five Destructive Myths

Oren Ashkenai recently decried “The Five Destructive Myths Perpetuated by Roleplaying Games.” He complains about the ways that some people play, but paints with too broad a brush, because obviously he tries not to play that way, and others do … Continue reading

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Making Your Own Miniatures for Online Games

I used to customize and paint miniatures, and I still have a few of my favorites around here, but that takes a lot of time and money, and I don’t have either any more. And since I’m going to be … Continue reading

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