[Tales of a GM] – Friends & Neighbours

Friends & Neighbours: Empowering Relationships at the Table

Phil Nicholls blogs at Tales of a GM, where he writes about narrative gaming, faster prep and more story. He is currently running a HeroQuest Glorantha campaign in a home-brew setting. Phil has written for Johnn Four’s Roleplaying Tips newsletter and has a selection of self-published pdfs.

This essay is taken from the archives at Tales of a GM.


No Man is an Island,

Entire of Itself

John Donne

So many Heroes come to the table as if they were an island. I am sure we have all encountered orphan or loner characters. While a lone Hero may work in prose fiction, it is less engaging in the social environment of a roleplaying game. Most GMs prefer Heroes who are engaged with the setting...

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Random List – 20 Randomly Generated Spell Names

To highlight older generators, every so often I’ll be posting the results here on the Friday list to show off what they can do. Today’s list/generator is the Spell Name Generator.

  • What do these spells do?
  • How powerful are they?
  • What components do they require?

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D20 Spell Name
1 Acclaimed Vengeance
2 Artillery Sapping
3 Claws Lock
4 Comprehend History
5 Copper Elemental
6 Eruption Lightning
7 Famous Strike
8 Gemcutting Water Sprites
9 Glacier Acoustic
10 Horse Spagyric
11 Javelin Electric
12 Lightning Playwright
13 Mysticism Elven
14 Nature Dart Throwers
15 Odes Imperial
16 Razor Magnetic
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A Chunk of SciFi – 2.10 – Wild Space [Location]

A Chunk of SciFi – 2.10 – Wild Space [Location]

“Wild Space? Yeah, I’ve been there. Well, been close to it, never across the border. It’s a weird bit of the universe. Like someone took the rules of nature and decided they would be, well not guidelines, but more like suggestions…”

Wild Space is the common name given to sector EGH-37. It goes by other names; Fractal Space, Choas Zone, Satans Eye and much more. Every spacefaring culture has encountered it or decides to try and explore it. Many do not return. Within this zone, the rules of reality hare mere suggestions. Time and space are bent, looped and twisted. A probe passing through the sector in 5 seconds might record several thousand years of data and come out the other side broken and in need of repair...

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A Chunk of Fantasy 2.10 – High Sun [Holiday]

A Chunk of Fantasy 2.10 – High Sun

“Praise the sun? You actually think that is what we do? We worship what it gives us, what it represents – life, warmth and protection from the horrors of the night. I have heard there are many gods who dwell within it and why would we want to upset all of them? So no, we don’t “Worship” the sun any more than you worship the blacksmith that made the sword on your belt. But we do celebrate it!”

High Sun is the name given to a collection of holidays around the world that all take place on the same day when the sun reaches it’s highest point at noon, marking the longest day of the year for many people and cultures. It goes by many names, such as the Summer Solstice, the Longest Day or Midsummers Day...

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Theme and setting idea prompter now live

The latest free generator has gone live and technically speaking is more of an idea prompter than true generator.

The theme is the style or overall feel of the game or adventure, with the setting being where this takes place. Clicking on the header in the sample will take you to the page.

Theme and Setting
Theme Setting
#1 Tragedy Underground
#2 Corruption Private Home/Estate
#3 Weird Aztec
#4 Childhood Spain
#5 Relationships Pre-historic
#6 Treasure hunt Utopia
#7 Humanity Fantasy (Low Magic)
#8 Morality Tale Asylum
#9 Romantic Comedy Biblical
#10 Weird Volcanic Island
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