Badmike
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How do you switch from parenting-mode to GM-mode?
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I've gamed with my kids, I think most importantly you have to look at RPG gaming as you would playing a board game or any other "traditional" gaming. #1 you should be having fun and using the time ...

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What alternatives are there to replace orcs, kobolds, and hobgoblins in low-level encounters?
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Some of my favorites (approaching this from an old school perspective but should work with later editions of D&D also): Skeletons: Good low level monsters with a nice special ability (lower ...

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How late in history can I set a campaign based in the US without cars and telephones being widespread?
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I think it may be more a question of location rather than time. Up until the 1940s, neither cars nor telephones were common in rural southern areas of the United States (particularly Texas, ...

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Which published scenarios use Cthulhu himself?
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The classic Call of Cthulhu campaign "Shadows of Yog-Sothoth" prominently features Cthulhu in the last scenario...R'Lyeh rises and the characters can actually face off against the Big C himself (and ...

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Do role-playing games have to be fun?
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Fun is very subjective. Replace "fun" with "enjoyable" and I think you have your answer. If you aren't enjoying yourself, it's not a sustainable activity. In the long run, if you feel like you haven'...

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Why do characters with a high prime requisite gain bonus XP?
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The bonuses in original D&D (OD&D) since the beginning, result in a way to encourage the player towards a specific character class. The three 'roles' were Fighting Man, Cleric, and Magic User....

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10-100 Troglodytes is too many!
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There are a few ways to deal with this: Give the players sufficient warning before stumbling upon the main Trogs encampment. Perhaps a patrol, or guard post, will give the players indications a ...

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Total Party Kill - What do I do as a GM?
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This is the sort of subject I would definitely cover before gaming with a group. Some players are blase about losing a character and merely reach for the dice to roll up a new one, while others treat ...

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Keeping a published module interesting when some players have already played.
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A lot of gamers enjoy familiarity with a classic module, yet want to play it again and again. Here are a couple of examples of ways you can do that so they will still have fun: Play against ...

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Good Single Word Instruction for "Command" Spell
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KISS (keep it simple stupid!) is the best advice, while some Command words are funny and can lead to interesting reactions, old standbys like "Sleep", "Die", "Fall" or "Surrender" are the best, as ...

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As a GM, how do you deal with or manage Stirges?
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Stirges are definitely an under-rated creature for any edition of D&D. In old school D&D I'd hesitate to put a flock of them up against 1st level characters, they ability to drain blood could ...

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Short ideas for the development of a Call of Cthulhu campaign or brief adventure
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The great thing about CoC original game, being set in the 1920s, you can use historical events for the basis of some great adventures. Here are some "seeds" from the 20s that with a little bit of ...

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How do you optimize in 1st Edition AD&D?
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Most old schoolers curse Unearthed Arcana, because most of the player classes within (particularly, as mentioned, the Barbarian) are far more powerful than classes in the regular Players Handbook. ...

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1 GM and 1 Player games and game systems?
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I find one of the best genres for one on one RPGs is the superhero genre. Think about it, guys like Spiderman, Daredevil, Batman, Superman, Captain America, etc are always fighting the baddies on ...

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Most expensive / valuable role-playing game
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For Dungeons & Dragons, an original "woodgrain" boxed set is by far the most collectible/valuable item. Only 1000 copies were printed back in 1974 (assembled on Gary Gygax's kitchen table by ...

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Treasure that's hard to put a price on
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My favorite is food or herbs. Food, especially if it's exotic or not native to the area, can be very valuable to someone with money to spend and a yearning to impress (or just a jones for something ...

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How do I deal with GM burnout?
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I've never had this exact problem, but perhaps these suggestions could help for GM burnout: If you are spending too much time on prep, setup or paperwork and it's hurting your enjoyment of the game, ...

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What is a Mega Dungeon?
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One aspect of a mega-dungeon is the lack of overriding, campaign driving plot. A mega-dungeon just "is", has been there long before the party, and will continue to be there long after the party is ...

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Overview of D&D retro-clones
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A fun little "What if?" game that fits in the retro-clone category is Mazes and Minotaurs, a re-imagining of D&D if it took it's inspiration from Greek Mythology instead of European Mythology/...

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How do I use the same type of creature as characters level up without using more of them?
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I have a chart I used to individualize common monsters and make them more dangerous/effective. Some suggestions I would give: A leader type with more HD and more intelligent (better tactics, etc) ...

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What are good techniques for resurrecting a stalled campaign?
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It's important to note whether or not the campaign has stalled as the result of life issues or disinterest with the campaign itself. These can lead to completely different suggestions. But here are ...

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How to turn an AD&D thief into a con-man?
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All you really need is a player willing to roleplay and a DM willing to take the game wherever it may go! In a pinch, as a DM I might have a roll vs Charisma in certain cases. But the entire point of ...

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Is there any popular contemporary "classic" D&D material?
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Yes, there is a specific retro-clone geared towards BECMI gaming....it is called Dark Dungeons and it is a replication of the one-book D&D Rules Cyclopedia! This would appear to be exactly what ...

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A 2 Player RPG for buddies?
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Superhero games are GREAT for one on one gaming. Think about it: Batman, Wolverine, Spiderman, Daredevil, Hulk, Superman, the list goes on, solo superheroes are always going on adventures by ...

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How do you reassure a parent who is worried about RPGs being unhealthy for their children?
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Let the parent sit in. Also, make sure they realize its a social activity, and the player is using his or her brain, instead of sitting in front of a tv screen or computer monitor pushing buttons. ...

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What is the relationship between Yuan-Ti and Nagas?
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I don't believe there is an "official" answer beyond what you wish in your own campaign. Yuan Ti or serpent men seem to be a homage to the Robert E. Howard serpent men while nagas appear to have a ...

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How does Charm Person work?
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I've found the "best friend" approach works best. Players don't realize sometimes that spells cut both ways, and they REALLY dislike it when their character is charmed and made to do something they ...

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What were the driving factors in the falling out between Dave Arneson and Gary Gygax?
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Some good points have been made. I would say it came down to credit, and direction. Credit, in that for years there were arguments about who did what first, with both sides having their own followers ...

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What adventures are there out there that would fit in this old school campaign?
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Here are some original old school D&D modules that should be easy to find and not cost you an arm or a leg if you buy them online: I1 The Forbidden City (TSR, 1980): Old school AD&D sandbox ...

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What role-playing games have good gamemaster advice sections?
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Not only is B1 In Search of the Unknown probably the best introductory module for Dungeons & Dragons ever published, it is one of the very few D&D modules that also has extensive notes for the ...

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