Monthly Archives February 2017

Character Connections and RPG Round Up

Character Connections

A character connection is something that allows players and GMs alike to come up with ways of linking characters together for a story or adventure.

A d200 or 2 d100 tables are provided here to help you flesh out the connections between two characters. It can be two members of the same party, or an NPC and a player character, or even two NPCs that you need to figure out just how they know each other.

The genre has been kept as generic as possible so this system can be used in a fantasy setting, a sci-fi, modern or maybe even a horror.

Inside you find…
1 d200/2x d100 tables filled with suggestions and ideas on how your various characters know each other or are linked to character or NPC you are currently focusing on
a simple d20 table for determining how long ago this event occurred

Available now at –


Very soon available at – 

Open Gaming Store and Paizo online stores soon (store links)

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[Tales of a GM] – Personal Growth in RPGs Part 2

Personal Growth in RPGs Part 2

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.

This article was written as part of my hosting of the January 2016 RPG Blog Carnival. My chosen theme was Gates and Portals, but I broadened out the topic in later essays. This is the second of those essays.

Growth and transitions are embedded within RPG games. One of the core principles of D&D is the idea of “levelling up”, the incremental process of improving the Hero...

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Random List – 20 Deadly Martial Arts

Martial arts are codified systems and traditions of combat practices, which are practised for a number of reasons: as self-defense, military and law enforcement applications, mental and spiritual development; as well as entertainment and the preservation of a nation’s intangible cultural heritage. – from Wikipedia

Disagree with this list? Think something else should have gone on it? Post in the comments section or on the social media platform you saw this article.

D20 Martial Art
1 Aikido
2 Arnis
3 Bakom
4 Hapkido
5 Jeet Kune Do
6 Judo
7 Kalaripayattu
8 Kapu Ku’ialua
9 Krav Maga
11 Lethwei
12 Muay Thai
13 Pencak Silat
14 Sambo
15 San Soo
16 Shaolin Kung Fu
17 Systema
18 Taekwondo
19 Vale Tudo
20 Wing Chun
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A Chunk of SciFi – 1.04 – Steel Grass [Plant]

A Chunk of SciFi – 1.04 – Steel Grass [Plant]

“Ya might want to be careful before going to try and set up a farm in that area over there. Oh, it’s not cursed or infected with the nano-phage or anything like that. That there be a patch of Steel Grassland. You must be new here if you didn’t recognise it. See the way it slightly reflects the sunlight? Go ahead, feel the blades of the grass itself, but never the edge, that stuff is like a field of blades sometimes. Sure you might get lucky and not cut yourself, but there are so many that you’d be better off running through a pane of glass…and never ever try to use a mower on this stuff…”

Terrain type: Grassland
Chance of being present on a planet: 10%
Uses: “Natural” barrier against animals, soil purification

Steel Grassland is, To be exact, i...

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A Chunk of Fantasy 1.04 – FNV Fortunes’ Fury [Vehicle]

A Chunk of Fantasy 1.04 – FNV Fortunes’ Fury [Vehicle]

“Ahh the Fury, such a great ship. I have served on her for almost 20 years now. The only other person to sail on her longer is the captain herself. Apparently, she won the ship from a down on his luck gambler. But you are part of the crew now and bound by The Oath. You may have heard rumours about the Fury. Well, the Franner Naval Vessel Fortune’s Fury to use her full title is, in fact, a privateer ship. We raid those that would attack our city-states transport and citizens. We get to keep 90% of what we liberate, but from time to time we are told a certain object or person is to be avoided. Now before I say anymore it’s time we introduced you to B’erthi and Reginard…”

Ship type: Privateer designation (unknown official classification)

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