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  1. Dungeons and Dragons

    Although it was my first RPG it is not what got me into the hobby. That would not come until I saw the Street Samurai Catalog at the Walden Books and the rest is history. However I like the concept of D&D, "party of fantasy heros battle a monster". For myself it was all about the monsters and I wouldn't have more than a passing relationship with D&D until the Monsterous Manual. I still love that book, all the fluff about the ecology of the monsters was pure awesome. AD&D 2e ...
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  2. Feng Shui Actual Play: Heart of Darkness

    I don't remember when I ran the first part, sometime in 2010, before October, but I got a chance to finish the adventure up for my players - FINALLY! David Eber's Heart of Darkness.

    NOTE: Spoilers below, so if you are or will be a player in the adventure, it is best not to read this. I'm summarizing both sessions into one, and combining two groups, which consisted of a few different characters, for simplicity.

    Adventure: Heart of Darkness - David Eber
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    Updated 03-29-2011 at 10:33 PM by jpatterson

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  3. Combat or A Chance to use the little gray cells

    Combat or Creativity


    To all GMs out there and answer this honestly: Do you create bad guys or situations where instead of using combat to diffuse the situation a player can realistically use their creativity to diffuse the situation?


    If combat is the only solution, is the GM creating the power gamers?


    How do you define combat?


    PC Definition: A chance to kill some bad guys
    GM Definition: A chance ...
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  4. GM Burn Out….NOT

    A few months ago I was getting psyched for my I have run a campaign for nearly a year GM burn-out. Astoundingly, I found myself NOT burned out or even anywhere near it. I said to myself Why not? I still work full time and put in over-time maybe more frequently than before while still refusing to give up my weekends (Yup-I’ll get to work on a weekday at 7 AM and put in the OT then without regret but with OT pay). What changed? – Many things I guess.


    1. Less frequency: I ...
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  5. FF HERO: the end

    Yes, for reasons to remain mysterious, this game (at least run by me) can be run no more.

    So no more juicy FF HERO posts (not that anyone reads these).

    As a side note: my blog posts on my FF HERO toolkit are WAY outdated. I have revamped them a TON. If someone wants my material, PM me and I'll email it to you.