Going Beyond “Yes, and…”

There is a tried and true improv method called “Yes, and…” that can make it really easy to make a roleplaying situation more dynamic and fun. The Mythcreants have a good article about it’s use in RPGs and Geek & Sundry has a good article about games that make it really easy to use this option. Chris Perkins uses this all the time in the Acquisitions Incorporated series and it’s one of the reasons those are so much fun to watch. This is just the tip of the iceberg, so read on to up your GM game.

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More New Crews for Firefly RPG

It’s been a while since I first posted some crews and ships updated from the Serenity RPG to the Firefly RPG. That original article, though, is something that people have seemed to like and I’m back with some new editions for your enjoyment: the Haphazard and the Huntingdon’s Bolt.

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Alloy of Law Review

Normally I don’t bother with reviews unless they are about new products, but the Alloy of Law supplement for the Mistborn Adventure Game has a curious lack of reviews around the internet. This is especially curious because I feel it is everything I wanted the original setting to be and so it actually makes me interested in running the game. If you also like the Mistborn series of novels but been less than enthusiastic about the RPG, allow me to sell you on taking a second look.

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Dinotopia RPG, Part 2

Last time, I went over system options for an RPG based on Dinotopia and its sequels. This imaginative world of people and dinosaurs deserves a robust system that can handle adventure even when there aren’t skulls to crack and dinosaur characters alongside human ones. Today, I’m going to be giving you some background to the setting to get your mind going on why this setting makes such a good one for RPGs.

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Dinotopia RPG, Part 1

Over the holidays I got the last of James Gurney’s amazing books in the Dinotopia series. If you don’t know anything about this series, drop what you’re doing and go check it out now. It’s beautiful and imaginative and captivating and was a big part of my childhood. I’ve been thinking for a long while about how to adapt this to an RPG and this time, immersed again in the wonder of Gurney’s world, it all started to finally click.
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I watched Netflix’s new movie Bright with a mixed bag of expectations. On the one hand it kinda looks like a generic brand Shadowrun and that could be awesome or unwatchable. On the other hand, it could be something else entirely and then it’s a big question mark that might be awesome or unwatchable? Well, other people have written film reviews (some calling it good, some bad) and you should check out the professionals to see their takes. For the record, I thought it was great. What I want to write about instead is using the ideas in Bright for your RPGs.

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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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Name Generators

Naming NPCs is one of the hardest parts of GMing. I know that when I write an adventure I can plan everything out, thinking up plots and enemies and grand castles, but when it comes up to naming people I either name them one of my favorites or a nonsense name that I’m never fully satisfied with. Best to leave it for the professionals.

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Rules Lite Games

I’ve been giving some thought lately to rules lite games after a friend of mine sent me the RPG he’d been working on. Anyone who’s tried to get friends interested in a game of Arkham Horror or calmly explained the family trees of Game of Thrones to their parents: these people know that it’s better to start small with some folks and then work your way up. If you’re in this position at your gaming table, here are a few products I’d heartily recommend.

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Sci-Fi D&D FTW

I’m going to call it: we’re living through an epidemic. Since the debut of Dungeons & Dragons 5e there have been several products adding advanced technology to your campaign. In the past year we’ve gotten Ultramodern5 and Hyperlanes and the Pathfinder world has responded with last spring’s Aethera Campaign Setting, the dystopian Hypercorps 2099, and the much-hyped Starfinder that just released. It’s starting to feel crowded!

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