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[Tales of a GM] – Film as RPG Research

Film as RPG Research

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.
http://talesofagm.com/

Another of my pastimes is watching films. Like many of you, I have a growing DVD collection. Mine has a selection of Geek classics, along with some non-genre titles. As well as watching for pleasure, a good film is also research for both my writing and gaming. The parallel between film and fiction is quite clear. The benefits for a GM, however, may not be quite so obvious...

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Existing and future product lines

Yesterday I mentioned about various product lines and what I had planned for future series. So today, I thought I’d go through what I have ongoing now and what I have planned. This isn’t all of them and the titles for the series can be thought of as working titles and can and probably will change. The lists below do not include one-offs or those i plan on updating and bringing out in a new format, such as the old Kits series.

Existing

These are series I have a lot of planned ideas for and have been doing reasonably well

  • Creature Description
  • Dungeon Feature
  • Empire Builder
  • Equipment Maker
  • Quick Generators
  • Spell Options

Future/Planned Series

  • Item Options – Like the Spell Options series, this will take an existing magical item, such as the famous bag of holding, and provide options for ...
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Creature Description Generator Volume 7 – Dwarf and the RPG Round Up

Creature Description Generator Volume 7 – Dwarf

A dwarf is, according to some, a member of a mythical race of short, stocky human-like creatures who are generally skilled in mining and metalworking.

But dwarfs, like all other creatures, come in a variety of types, not all follow the “deep voiced, grumpy miner” stereotype. The Creature Description Generator is designed to help you make your dwarfs description more varied, interesting and memorable.

Inside this edition of CDG you’ll find 10 Aspects to help flesh out your description of a dwarf:

  • Clan and Name – a brief overview of the dwarfs clan
  • Clothing/armour – What sort of clothing do they have on
  • Face & Features – Anything note-worthy about their face?
  • Hair/Beard – The thing for which many dwarfs are famous for
  • Personality – Are they considered too boring, clever, or something else?
  • Profession/Class – How does this dwarf make a living
  • Tattoos & Piercings – Does this dwarf have any type of body modifications?
  • Voice – How do they sound?
  • Weapon of Choice – What weapon does this dwarf prefer to use in combat?
  • Quirk/Feature – 100 quirks or features to help make the character more unique and memorable

Available now at –

DrivethruRPG

Very soon available at – 

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

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[Tales of a GM] – An Invasive Species

An Invasive Species

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.

http://talesofagm.com/

This essay is another written for the travelling Blog Carnival. For this month, the carnival was hosted by Hereticwerks, where the chosen topic was invasive species.

Eight White & White Blood

I wrote about an unusual invasive species revealed during play in my Tales of the Hero Wars campaign...

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Name Maker Volume 2 – Dwarfs and RPG Round Up

Name Maker Volume 2 – Dwarfs

The Helpful List series, also by Ennead Games, provide lists of 100 pre-generated names to help save time when creating characters. But sometimes you want more options or just need to come up with lots of various names based around a theme at once.

The Name Maker helps to fill that void. Each volume contains a themed series of first names (these can double up as middle names) for female and male characters, although there is nothing stopping you from mixing the names, plus surnames, also called family or clan names.

This volume covers names for Dwarfs, translated into the common language from the original dwarfish tongue.

Inside this volume:
2 x d100 tables with names suitable for a female dwarfs first name
2 x d100 tables with names suitable for a male dwarfs first name
2 x d100 tables with words that can be used as the first part of a dwarfs surname
2 x d100 tables with words that can be used as the second part of a dwarfs surname

The base format allows for 200 x 200 x 200 x 200 or 1,600,000,000 possible combinations, which only increases if you add in middle name(s).

Example Possible Names:-
Female
Deldeth Merrybeam
Kalla Blackbrand
Nola Stonecleaver
Tarbryn Forgeflayer

Male
Babund Amberhelm
Gargur Bouldermasher
Nalur Frostseeker
Thorsun Dimtankard

Available now at –

DrivethruRPG

Very soon available at – 

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

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