Collaborative Worldbuilding in D&D

Being a Dungeon Master is hard work, especially if you want to create a deep and engaging setting for your players. There’s no need to do it all yourself, though, you can get your players to help you with the worldbuilding. Not only does this help you with your workload for the game, but it builds buy-in from the players. Win-win!

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Oaths of the Riddermark Review

There’s a new book of adventures for The One Ring and it’s all about Rohan! A companion book to Horse-lords of Rohan, this set of six adventures is a great way to change things up for an established Wilderland-based group or a set of adventures for an all southern campaign.

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Sports in RPGs

As I write this, the baseball World Series is going on here in the States and people are looking forward to the World Cup for soccer next summer as the last countries qualify. I’ve never been that into professional sports (and I imagine that I’m not alone in that among RPG enthusiasts) but they’re a great way to add some depth and color to a campaign world. In this post, I go over a few ways to do that.

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Upwind Review

A new game is coming to your skies, finishing up its Kickstarter pledges and getting ready for general release. Upwind a novel game in a lot of ways and I’ll admit that I hesitated before backing it. Quirky is alright but if you get too quirky you end up with something like Cairn which for me is quirky enough to be nearly unplayable. On the other hand you might get something like Paranoia which is a crazy but enduring classic. In the end it was an actual play called “The Three Beasts” put out by RPPR that convinced me to back it. Now that the beta version is out to backers I’m very glad that I did.

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Freedom City, Third Edition

The famous Freedom City, detailed site of Mutants & Masterminds campaigns in the game’s second edition. The city saw a 250+ page sourcebook, five different neighborhood sourcebooks, a book of superpowered legacies, a book of street-level heroes, a book of special agents in Freedom City, and a book of criminals. That’s a whole lot and the level of detail has inspired a lot of love for Freedom City over the years. In that case, it’s hardly surprising that people (including me) are pretty excited about the new version of the city for M&M Third Edition.

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Dark Eras 2: Personal Reflections

If you’re not backing the Dark Eras 2 Kickstarter you might not have seen yesterday’s announcement about the book’s table of contents. Unlike the last Dark Eras book, the project didn’t start with a slate of ideas and add onto it but rather began with a blank and built it with the community. This means there was a lot of fan input into the book’s eras but also that we haven’t really known what will be in there… until now. So what can we expect? Well, here’s what I think…

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Primeval Thule Review

So, I’m way late on this but I just got a chance to flip through an awesome campaign setting for 5e. Primeval Thule was first published in 2014 by Sasquatch Games when it came out with a version for Pathfinder and Savage Worlds. Last year a 5e version came out so I’m going to treat it like it’s a lot newer than it really is!

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Trudvang Review

Norse mythology and culture is a rich well for drawing inspiration from, but it doesn’t always work out that way. For every thoughtful Norse game like Yggdrasill there’s a crazy horn-helmet-fest like Avalanche Press’s Viking Age and the Vikings Campaign Sourcebook for AD&D. In the end, there’s nothing wrong with playing to stereotypes for fun but it misses the bigger picture of what’s out there. An upcoming game from Swedish company RiotMinds, however, is firmly in the first category and is an original and detailed fantasy setting rooted in Nordic lore.

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CAPERS Review

The “Roaring Twenties” was a time of extremes in the United States. While Prohibition had outlawed alcohol, drinking and vice were on the rise in secret speakeasies. Police officers might be everywhere enforcing the morality laws of the day but the attention pushed criminals to organize and grow more powerful than ever. Some women were out marching for the right to vote but others were flinging balls of lightning with their bare hands.

This is CAPERS.

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