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December 3, 2021
Guaranteed Fun Anti-Tropes: Play 77 Exciting Role-Play Variants

Notes of role playing games

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July 2, 2021
Zone Of Truth: Playing An 'Open' Game Of D&D

What To Do When Your Non-Players Know Too Much Say your players cast Zone of Truth and now everyone in this 15' radius is compelled to tell the truth. Sure someone might make a few charisma saving throws but eventually they will fail - if drunk they are often considered intoxicated or suffering the poisoned […]

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October 23, 2022
How To Make Your Green Dragon Amazing (5e)

Everyone knows what's coming with a Green dragon... or do they? Adventurers are heavily prepared to fight dragons. Why? Dragons live for centuries with low-mobility 'lairs' - thousands of stories exist. What with creatures immune / resist poisons, Green dragons are even at more disadvantage. How do you make this creature impressive? Here are three […]

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May 21, 2022
Make Up Their Mind: Limits Of Mind-Spells 'Phantasmal Force' & 'Suggestion'.

The 2nd level spells Phantasmal Force & Suggestion have a lot of uses and abuses - what can their owner-possessor do with someone who succumbs? Notes: 'RAW / RAI / RAF' --> 'Rules As - Written // Intended // Fun' PhB = Player's Handbook (5e). DMG = Dungeon Master's Guide (5e) Summary of 2nd lvl Suggestion spell (RAW […]

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May 19, 2022
Hocus Pocus, Encounter Focus: Filling Every Room Perfectly.

You need monsters and treasure - but what else works? In all forms of D&D, a 'dungeon' (or any set of encounter-spaces) includes a monster and some treasure. This is basic carrot & stick stuff, you want a conflict for the story and you want a treasure as a reward. Sometimes you can get tricky […]

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May 4, 2022
Oozes, Slimes & Jellies, Oh My! Making Fantastic Jello Campaigns.

Is it hard to make a campaign entirely of ooze & slimes? Possibly - but don't let that stop you. Oozes are actually more stupid than plants. This makes it hard for anyone to get excited about them. Also, they have no treasure and they have no harvestable parts &/or components. It is also hard […]

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April 28, 2022
Culture Rooms: How To Make Your Monster Fun, Interesting & Unique

Cultural spaces are tricky to explain. You can imagine that some creatures would have many communication-community style chambers and many would have none. Elves, for example (even the drow) would have all of these cultural rooms and more. Giants would have ancient traditions going back as long as their rivals, dragons. Celestials would encourage mortal […]

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April 27, 2022
Stable Monsters: Fantastic Beasts That Work For You

Randomly Roll What Beasts Do & Where In Seconds Stable - Mountkeep: rideable creatures in water, air or land - or used to propel an object like carriage-chariot-wagon. Owlery - Falconry - Aviary - Roost: Creatures deliver messages - oft stealthy, clever & small. Zoo - Live Menagerie - Showcase: Creatures meant for modelling, display, […]

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April 23, 2022
Step By Step: Entering Your Dungeon - With Style

Making 'stairs' more than just a weird stone ladder. The function of stairs is to enter, leave or just to change one's level in the space. You will need to answer these four questions: Shape O' Stairs Stairs: straight up &/or down, single or dual, Shaft: ladder, elevator-dumbwaiter (cage/room), disk, open Switchback: straight or curved […]

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April 20, 2022
Know What Your Monster Wants - In Moments

Finding Alignment & Character Backgrounds difficult & unwieldy? Know What Your Monsters Want & It All falls into place. Gary Gygax invented two dimensions of sentient 'alignment' of one's personality: chaotic / lawful tendencies started in Basic and then in, Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, there was 'good / evil' spectrum. This was supposed to serve […]

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