Monthly Archives November 2017

STA: Damocles – Season 0 – Episode 2 – The Kobayashi Maru

Star Trek Adventures: Damocles

Season 0 – Episode 2 – The Kobayashi Maru

In Starfleet, there is a long-standing tradition. One of the last tests a cadet can face is the now infamous Kobayashi Maru. It was designed as a test of character, a no-win situation that showed how you would handle a situation where no matter what you did, you lost. Some students did extremely well, some, like James T Kirk, cheated.

For a couple of cadets, who were destined to go onto to crew the USS Damocles, it proved to be quite memorable….

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Try using multiple genres in your game or story

There are many genres of fiction and gaming (inc RPGs). Science-Fiction, High Fantasy, Horror, to name but a few. You can see some of the genres of writing in this list here on wikipedia.

Many times I see games that are set in or focused on just one genre. To be fair this is understandable. It can ruin your immersion to be playing in a low-fantasy genre game only to suddenly for no reason have things like guns appear.

But that there is the rub of it – things appearing without reason. Give it an acceptable or appropriate reason for something from another genre to appear in your game and it can liven things up and make your characters afraid just as they started to develop the “We’re basically gods now right?” complex that many characters end up with.

For example:

Using the classic fantasy ...

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Resource – Role-playing Games Stack Exchange

Todays Resource is Role-playing Games Stack Exchange.

RPGSE is a sub-site of Stack Exchange, a place for questions and answers on a particular subject, such as RPGs, programming, home improvement and more. At the time of posting this, there are approximately 170 communities.

It’s quite easy to use – A question is asked related and answers given – users are subject to a reputation award process. If someone with a high reputation gives you an answer, you can be sure the answer is, if not the correct one, then at least given by someone who is not deliberately trying to mislead you. Other users vote up and down if they agree with the answer or think it is good quality and the “best” ones rise to the top...

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Quick Generator Creature Concept 2 and RPG Round Up

Quick Generator Creature Concept 2

Sometimes you don’t need an insane amount of tables and charts. You may just need something quick and simple to help flesh out basic details without going overboard on the details. This is where the Quick Generator is helpful, providing you with a simple one-sentence description of a particular subject.

This particular Quick Generator helps you to come up with a concept for a creature or animal that has been twisted, changed or is some other way different to the standard version.

With ten thousand possible combinations, you’re sure to find something that will spark your imagination and creativity.

Example outputs:
Storm Toucan
Protean Skunk
Metallic Camel

Available now at –


Very soon available at – 

Open Gaming Store

Spend over $20 on EG products at Open Gaming Store and get A BONUS OGS (non-bundle) product (PDF) ABSOLUTELY FREE!

Paizo online stores soon (store links)

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[Tales of a GM] – Love Sparks, Part 1: Dear GM . . .

Love Sparks, Part 1: Dear GM . . .

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 produced a selection of self-published pdfs.

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

The comprehensive Guidance chapter of Spark RPG is a wonderful source of GM advice from Jason Pitre. Today I want to highlight the section where Jason points out the love letter every Player writes to the GM.

Spark RPG

Spark is designed by Jason Pitre, and published by Genesis of Legend Publishing in 2013...

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