Category Archives: Design

Running Puzzles

Puzzles are understandably controversial as tools in roleplaying games. Some people love puzzles, some people hate them. The more relevant dilemma is the extent to which puzzles are a staple of dungeon design and fantasy settings, while at the same … Continue reading

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Negative Possibility Space at the Table

I’ve recently described being a Game Master (specifically those of us who built our own world and write or own campaigns) as similar to being a game designer, a game designer whose resources are extremely limited, whose content only gets … Continue reading

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Durlag’s Tower Level 2-CPNR

Before you watch the video below, you should take a look at the Extra Credits series introducing the CPNR method of dungeon design by applying it to level 1 of the tower. I don’t do anything to explain the purpose … Continue reading

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Why Traps?

The purpose of this post is to finish working through my thoughts on what purpose traps have in tabletop RPGs. I started the process with a rambling video a couple weeks ago, and this week I mean to say some … Continue reading

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Rambling About Traps

In two weeks I’m going to be posting a more precise analysis of what I ramble about here, but if you just can’t wait, here are my initial thoughts. In the meantime, check out the new shop page.

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Enchantment-Lesser Whisper Plate

Helbren adjusted the shoulder plate of his shining armor as he stepped into a side corridor. It would be a few minutes before he was missed and, walking briskly, he quickly made his way toward the gate room. He tensed … Continue reading

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What is Queuing?

Over the last month or so I’ve made some mention of what I call “queuing.” It’s the method I intend to use to make multiplayer actions simultaneous (outside of combat) without them being at all real time. Part of my … Continue reading

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Progress Update-Complete Map Maker

Well, I hit a few snags along the way since my last post and ended up a little behind my “optimistic schedule”. I’m now kicked back onto my “reasonable schedule,” but I have plans to push for a “super optimistic schedule” … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a Kill

Today I’m going to play out a short scenario where an assassin sneaks up on and kills a guard. My assassin will be Darren Freemont. My guard will be a level 1 human fighter with no levels in Perception, Leather … Continue reading

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Progress Update-Area of Effect and Psionics

Well, I haven’t been doing these because there hasn’t really been any progress, but this week I did some real math examination that I think is worth mentioning.

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