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Random Encounters: Umbergritt the Archon —

Umbergritt was an earth elemental that was summoned to the fight in the Eternity Coliseum, a pit fighting establishment that prided itself on exotic opponents. Slated as a novice fight, Umbergritt was the surprise upset against three mid-ranked gladiators. Slowly, fight after fight, Umbergritt began to understand the coliseum and human ways. He mastered human [...]

Shrine of the Harvest Goddess Map —

When the Shrine of the Harvest Goddess Two Sheet Location when up on DriveThruRPG it contained this map: The file is labeled as having a grid but if you’re not looking closely you’ll miss it as it is only in the structure on the left of the structure.  @AkieshaRoberts commented about it and I told [...]

A First Hatching Pattern for Dyson Style Maps —

They say that if you’re going to hire a programmer, you should hire a lazy one.  Because they will write programs and scripts to automate away all the redundant and repetitive tasks. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Dyson Logos’ maps and his style of cartography.  I’ve been a regular reader of his [...]

Mapping Port Loren —

It’s no secret that I’m big on Star Frontiers.  I’ve been playing it off and on since I was 12 years old.  So it should come as no surprise that I did another Star Frontiers thing.  This time I recreated the original Port Loren Map digitally. Now there are a few other fan created versions [...]

New Horizions Reaches Pluto —

If you’ve been following my twitter feed (@dagorym), you’ll have noticed that I’ve been tweeting a lot using the #NewHorizons and #PlutoFlyby hashtags about the New Horizons mission to Pluto.  By the time you’re reading this the closest approach encounter will be over, although we may not have the first images back yet. Needless to [...]

Calculating Planetary Orbital Periods —

In my previous article on determining the current season, I showed that you needed to know the length of the world’s year in order to track the season.  But what if you don’t know the length of the year.  Maybe you’ve got a setting book that gives the orbital distance but not the year length, [...]

RPG Blog Carnival – What Season is it Anyway? —

This month’s RPG Blog carnival is being hosted by Phil over at Tales of a GM and the topic is Summerland – topics related to the season of summer.  In reading through his post, I realized that dealing with seasons was not something I usually did or even thought about when running a game. There [...]

Fudging Player Agency —

There is a lot of talk on player agency on the net. Looking at my own game mastering style, I have been trying to determine just how much agency I rob from players. After a late night discussion with a player I pondered the ad-hoc nature of role-playing. As a game master, it is nigh [...]

Resources for Campaign Design —

Today’s post was inspired by yesterday’s Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #577. I thought I’d share a couple of the great resources I’ve found recently. Roleplaying Tips The Roleplaying Tips Newsletter is put out by Johnn Four.  You get 2-3 emails a week with various ideas and links to resources primarily aimed at GMs and designers.  I’ve [...]

RPG Miniatures and Tokens —

Combat in a roleplaying game can be a difficult beast to manage. As I was cleaning the multitude of old links in my browser, I stumbled across this video for a gaming table. I thought initially, “Wow, this is awesome.” The clip gives a good demonstration oh how it is used. Reviewing the video, I [...]