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without which material your game won't feel authentic, just a bad copy, an alternate universe of an alternate universe. I started writing an answer about how to narrow down and use a small, immediate bit of setting to get a small, immediate situation, and I came back and read this part again. That's your problem. You have a strong commitment to ...


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Short answer is start from the bottom and advance upward. That is instead of jumping into a massive open sandbox campaign from the start you set the game in a very small and narrow sub setting. Now I don't know Shadowrun but if I'm allowed to use Forgotten Realms as an example that too is a huge and massive world with lots of information. However, if you ...


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I'm currently struggling with this because I'm getting into Glorantha, which is one of the Big Three settings (Tékumel and Hârn are the other two). The Big Three dwarf even settings typically considered huge, like the Forgotten Realms, and it's daunting to try to figure out how to eat this aircraft carrier, let alone how to prepare some of its most choice ...


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When I am overloaded with too much setting material, I head online instead. Normally in the various play by post forums, or other forums and wiki articles online, I'll be able to find a summary of the important information. Here is what I look for when skimming: Adventure introductions in PbP game advertisements such as those on Myth-Weavers. These ...


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When I use heavily developed RPG settings like Shadowrun and the Forgotten Realms, I deal with setting fidelity in a couple of ways. Use an underdeveloped part of the setting Even the richest, novel-laden settings have thin spots. Some regions just aren’t detailed as well as others. Some parts of the metaplot lie fallow for ages. Often, all you need to do ...


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I would add monsters until you are inline with the XP restrictions set forth on page 57 of the Basic DM Guide For example, with 4 people, the initial encounter of 8 kobolds is 500xp, or 25 XP * 8 kobolds * 2.5 for a group of 8. As a result, this encounter is pretty deadly at level 1. That said, the players should be helped out by the woman with the spear, ...


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Having been running the Encounters version... You need a Cleric or a Paladin in the party. Bards simply don't have the ability to magically heal, and that is what's needed. Potions don't make up for the lack of magical healing. 0HP does not equal dead. If you're not running Adventurer's League play, then you can let them level up once they get 300 XP... ...


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SlyFlourish, producer of several books and tips for DM, noted that at level 1 it was a deadly grind. It might be intentional but I didn't like it that way so I've up-leveled or made them level 2 very quickly. It was a grind at level 2 but a GOOD grind. At level 1 it's deadly. Twitter Source With that in mind, consider leveling them up right away, ...


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There are guidelines for increasing the difficulty of an encounter. Basically, you calculate the XP budget for 6 characters. So instead of 100 XP for an easy encounter at L1, the XP budget is 150. However I would not do anything at all with the encounters at first. Wait until your PCs are consistently breezing through them. Most groups need some time to ...


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We have a saying in the software industry. (One that seems to be less and less heeded as the years go by, but I digress). It's called "YAGNI": "You ain't gonna need it." What this means is that by sheer scope of the setting, you have to start with the bits that are the most relevant to your PCs and work outward. This is especially true with a setting ...


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I'm currently playing the module with 3 groups, one of which I'm DMing. the group I'm DMing is level 3 SO it's been a cakewalk for them. In the two other games I'm playing I am making frequent use of my medkits and medicine skill to keep the party alive. Remind your players to help each other, and also rmembrr as DM that there are no negative hit points. ...


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You have expressed two conflicting goals. In a comment: you want to be as authentic as possible in the question: read through it (quickly, because gaming night is upon you) You would not expect to be able to write a historical novel set in the court of King Edward IV of England that is "as authentic as possible" with a quick skim of a history ...



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