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RPG Tools - Tools for authors and roleplayers. The Alexandrian. RPG Guides and Tools. Worldbuilding: Where to Start? Ptolemy Map of the World (via Wikimedia Commons) One question often asked when deciding to build a world for a game or novel (but especially games) is: Where to start?

Worldbuilding: Where to Start?

Usually this question is asked or steered in the direction of creating a map. Therefore popular opinion falls into two camps: Top-down: start by drawing a large scale map of the world or a continent and then add detail through smaller scale maps as needed.Bottom-up: start by drawing a small area which is important to the beginning of the story/campaign and draw larger scale maps or other small area maps as needed. Both approaches are often wrong. Inkwell Ideas. RPTools - Home. What is Character Development? I remember back when cameras had something inside them called film that you had to get developed.

What is Character Development?

For those of you college-aged or younger, that’s where a technician would treat the film with some chemicals inside a mysterious darkened room, and an image would magically appear on the special paper. But if the process went awry, you could end up with an underdeveloped image that was dark or fuzzy, or one that was over-exposed and therefore too washed out to see clearly. The key to getting a crisp clear photograph largely depended on how the technician developed the film. RPTools - Home.

Community. Community Forums Fantastic place to rub elbows with other RPTool junkies, or ask questions on how to do specific things, or get your networking up and running. www.MapTool.fr A French web site dedicated to MapTool and run by Natha (from the RPTools forums, above) - (Aggregation site) We're told this site is great for German speakers and includes a TeamSpeak server (but we don't speak German, so...)

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Phat Loot and Neurotransmitters in World of Warcraft. How are loot-based games like World of Warcraft, Torchlight, and Borderlands related to slot machines, chemical bliss, and evolution? Read on for the answer. During my early days with World of Warcraft (WoW) I remember tromping through Westfall killing crowds of Defias bandits when I was shocked by a loot drop: a rare pair of “blue” gloves that perfectly fit my class’s needs at the time.

Your Life The Role Playing Game. RPG Planning Tool(s)? Mutants & Masterminds Headquarters. RPG Resources: Useful tools that help your game run smoothly. Realm Works – Streamlined Campaign Management for Players and GMs. The Illuminerdy. Roleplay Hub. Charisma Bonus. Welcome back to The Ladies Table, our recurring column where we introduce you to various women of the gaming community and industry and talk with them about their favorite Live action roleplaying has long been used in classrooms as a means of education, though usually in a way that doesn’t involve any dice or monsters or anything fun The clock is winding down—we’re now just one week away from the best four days in gaming!

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If you for some reason aren’t familiar with Gen Con, we’ll give In just a week, I’ll be hopping the train down to Indianapolis for the best four days in gaming—Gen Con Indy, the greatest of all gaming conventions! It is, basically, One of the great things about the internet is that we have a variety of resources at our fingertips—but what happens when one resource outshines the others?

The Best Digital Tools for Organizing Your RPG Campaign. I use OneNote (it came with the version of Office my work offered at a discount), and I’ve found it to be very handy for snipping pics and text and put it into some form of organization.

The Best Digital Tools for Organizing Your RPG Campaign

I’ll also echo Obsidian Portal, which is a great site, and well work the Ascendant membership for a few bucks a month. The wiki, adventure log, calendar, and ways to track characters are amazing, and you can either keep it simple or make some truly incredible designs. Logical Paradoxes. John's Dungeons and Dragons Utilities.

Better RPG Tools (PFRPG d20) by Chance Wees. First a little history: PFRPG is an off-shoot of that ever-classic Pen and Paper RPG, Dungeons and Dragons.

Better RPG Tools (PFRPG d20) by Chance Wees

Its rules are included in the Open Gaming License (which allows me to make this game app). PFRPG is basically D&D version 3.75, which was made by fans of D&D 3.5 for fans of D&D 3.5 when Wizards of the Coast abandoned that system and made D&D 4. Now PFRPG is so popular that many to assume it is now more popular than D&D itself. *Update* Two new Skins added! RPG Resources: Useful tools that help your game run smoothly. Words In The DarkWords In The Dark. If you check out Obsidian Portal on your mobile device, you may get a bit of a shock.

Words In The DarkWords In The Dark

Instead of just being the regular site scrunched up onto the screen, you’ll see that it now fits nicely with no zooming and scrolling. We’ve heard your calls for a better mobile version and now we’re getting there. Rather than recreate the entire site, we tried to focus on the core elements of what you need at the table to run a session. With the mobile site, you have easy access to everything in your campaign. Words In The Dark - The Official Blog of Obsidian PortalWords In The Dark. Article (Inn Generator)

F rom Dragon Magazine #418: You’ve spent hours on the perfect dungeon, your monsters are all particularly devious and cleverly placed, and your adventure plot is practically Shakespearean in its genius.

Article (Inn Generator)

You’ve thought of everything. Your players are eager to see what you’ve come up with. The first order of the session is to have the characters meet, and nowhere in the D&D cosmos do chance meetings that lead to adventures occur more often than at the inn. Everything goes well, the characters have agreed to the task at hand, and then a player asks, “What’s good to eat here?” Can’t think of the inn’s name off the top of your head? John Hasznosi created the Inns in an Instant tables to provide quick answers to such questions, allowing the DM to focus on more important things, such as how to introduce the next plot hook or run the upcoming encounter. Simple click "Roll" to generate a random inn. RPG Tools. Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game Official Home Page.

Gnome Stew - The Game Mastering Blog. RPG News & Reviews. Sneak Peek: Realm Works. Last week, Matt and I had an opportunity to get a private tour of the new campaign management software, Realm Works, with Rob and John from Lone Wolf Development .

Sneak Peek: Realm Works

Pathfinder RPG (almost) complete - January 2013. Engine Publishing. Dungeons and Dragons. D&D, the game that lets you save the maiden, slay a dragon and become a hero; all without leaving your kitchen table.

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&&(navigator.userAgent.indexOf('Trident') ! = -1||navigator.userAgent.indexOf('MSIE' 101 Questions to Help Create Character Backgrounds and Personalities. A character needs to be more than just a few scores and abilities and possessions. There are so many ways to make your character more memorable and most of them don’t take much time. Below is a list of 101 things to consider when creating a character. Character Development: Creative Writing. Print version Characters are the most important component of any narrative.

Without them, there would be no story. Character development is an important skill to master because characters are important parts of any creative writing from books and short stories, from biographies and autobiographies, to poetry. Dungeons and Dragons Under the Influence. Design Custom Drugs in Your d20 Modern Game. Have you ever been playing your favorite modern RPG d20 game and wanted to add the effects of drugs or other pharmaceuticals to your game play but wasn't sure where to start? Maybe you want a key character to feel the full effects of morphine that he injects into his arm after he got injured?

Maybe you want to simulate a massive drug trade, or even better, design your own hot street drug and make your next million $$ getting suckers hooked. Or maybe you just want a new drug to roll into your own Spycraft 2.0 campaign setting in whatever capacity you desire. For you d20 Modern gamers out there, I wrote a small app that uses The Little Black Drug Book as OGL source. You can make custom pharmaceuticals for your in-game use with the app alone, but you won't get the full explanations without the PDF (it's only $1 from LPJ Design and www.drivethrurpg.com). Start the next step to see how easy it is! RPG Map Generator. Mr. Rogers (3.5e Deity. No matter what land you visit, chances are you'll find at least one person who has at least heard of Mr.

Rogers. Those who follow him strictly always greet others as "neighbor", and welcome them to their home regardless of the danger which may proceed. Online Store « Engine Publishing. Character Development. Riddles- Part 3. Modern Tools for Today's RPG Programmer. The Art of Character Development. WOTC D&D Dungeons and Dragons core 3.5 OEF OCR PDF. Alea Tools - Magnetic Status Markers for Dungeons & Dragons and tabletop RPG! 100 Character Development Questions for Writers. Big Ball of No Fun. Chaotic Shiny - Writing and RPG-Related Generators. WikiSandbox/OTT. The only podcast you will ever need. On The Tropes Promotion! D&D 3.5 Full Set. Masterplan. Attempts to Avoid a 2D Population. Putting the frustrations of job hunting aside (I feel I’m in danger of sounding very ranty and angry, which I’m really not, I promise!)

, I’m delighted to say that I’ve started writing again. It took me a little while to get back into the swing of things, when I first re-opened the .doc, I felt an overwhelming sense of indifference. Character/World Development. Character Design 101 by Heartless-Bowser on deviantART. Advanced CHARACTER Creation by OokamiKasumi on deviantART. Basically every D&D book released (3.5) Dungeons and Dragons. RPG Mapping Tools Part 1 - Battle Maps. Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition - All Books. Solospelunking.