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My Process for Creating a Cool Character (using Fantasy AGE as an example)

A great character concept makes the games we play even better. How can we create memorable characters? What is a good process to tease ideas from our minds? What can we learn from different RPGs? And, how do we create characters in Fantasy AGE? Let’s find out!

May 7, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Seldom Recognized Dangers of Playing Ranged or Stealthy Characters

Range and Stealth offer awesome offensive potential, but carry risks players may not foresee. Here’s how to mitigate the issues.

March 19, 2020 · 1 Comment

Critical Role and Bringing Emotional Investment to Campaigns

Critical Role, the acclaimed and influential livestream series, showcases how a campaign can create emotional invested players. Find out how to create emotionally rich play in your campaign.

November 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Breathing (Extra) Life into Characters

Extra-Life is an opportunity to help children’s hospitals, and to explore how to create a memorable character based on a few initial parameters. Exciting developments are coming soon due to donors’ efforts, and the week is stuffed full of podcasts!

September 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

5 Questions for Character Creation

5 Questions is a supplement designed to help you create robust and interesting characters. It works well as both a DM and player tool.

January 30, 2016 · 4 Comments

Using Classic Adventures with DnD Next: ToEE and Relationships

Learn how to converte the classic Temple of Elemental Evil to 5E, and how to incorporate FIASCO-styled relationships into your D&D campaign.

October 17, 2015 · 1 Comment

Defining Character

Every RPG struggles with how best to allow players to tell the story of the characters, both their origin or backstory and their ongoing story as they advance in power through accomplishments.

October 13, 2015 · 4 Comments

Point, Counter-Point: Combat Speed

Combats have to be under an hour to be fun? Utter nonsense. If the combat’s elements are engaging, it will never drag.

October 10, 2015

Dark Sun Campaign Development: PCs, The Stars of the Show

As a player, do you struggle to give your PC a convincing personality and backstory? As a DM, are your PCs’ backgrounds disconnected or even at odds? Read on for some solutions.

October 7, 2015

Gamma World Add-Ons!

Cool add-ons: Print out Junk Tables so your characters can get creative with what they find! Download Origins and Rules cheat sheets for new players. And, create your own Alpha and Omega mutations with these cool templates.

October 7, 2015