Author: Adam Nave

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5 Cool Sites for Inspiration

I’ve got a few sites I visit really only because they give me great ideas for gaming. I’m partial to photos, since they give strong impressions and let me make my own decisions about how to incorporate them. Here’s a quick run down of the sites and some recent goodies. National Geographic Photo of the Day has all kinds of awesome pictures of animals, exotic locations and foreign cultures. Next time you say majestic mountains, hand them a picture of Yosemite to drive the point home. Perhaps these irrigation fields are actually formed by magical bubbles that keep the...

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GMing for Weight Loss

Gaming is a fairly sedentary activity, and the extended periods of time involved and predilection towards consuming huge amounts of Cheetos and Dew doesn’t really help either. As a GM, you probably have a bit more pull over your group than as a player, and that can be used to your advantage when trying to eat healthier and loose weight. Here are a few tips to encourage some weight loss while you’re GMing, or at least minimize the damage. “Where’re the Cheetos?” Easy stuff first: don’t bring snacks for yourself, and ask your players not to share with you....

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Spicing Up Combat

In our Suggestion Pot, Sektor asked: Perhaps a list of interesting combat tactics to use during an encounter? It could really beef up sessions, trying to get beyond the ‘You swing, you hit’ situations. I see two questions there: what are some interesting things I can have happen in a fight, and how do I get beyond boring hit/miss attacks? (Yes, I’m interpreting a bit.) I’ll start with the second item. Combat in RPGs is already heavily abstracted from reality. Many books have a section that explains how even a simple attack roll is really a complex series of...

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Alternate Settings for Feng Shui

It’s been a long time since I’ve run a game of Feng Shui, but with my Savage Tide campaign wrapping up soon, I’m finding myself a little tired of D&D 3.5’s rules heavy environment. The Feng Shui rulebook is refreshing, very well written and easy on the rules. However, there’s one thing I absolutely cannot stand about it: the setting. In a nutshell, Feng Shui’s setting is an excuse to mix multiple sub-genres of action movies, particularly those of the Hong Kong style. It involves a secret war between multiple factions, spread over 4 junctions in time. Factions battle for control of the feng shui sites at each junction, and those who control them also influence the era. The 1850 and “contemporary” junctions are OK, with kung-fu masters and gun toting Triads, but the 69 AD setting has transformed animals, who are just humans with special powers who are vulnerable to magic, and the 2056 junction has “arcanowave” – magic powered technology, magic cyborgs and magic cyborg mutants. We must not have been watching the same stuff, because I don’t remember a lot of transformed animals and magic cyborgs in my action movies. Now, to be fair, I can see why other folks would like it. In terms of plot mechanics, it’s a good way to combine a lot of the action movie settings into one cohesive unit. The...

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12 Ways to Use Google Apps at the Game Table

I won’t deny it, I’m a big fan of Google. My place of employment recently switched to Google Apps, and I’ve had an opportunity to dive head first into the Google world. But of course being a gamer, I can’t help but see some uses for Google at the gaming table, especially since everyone in one of my groups has a laptop. I’m not thinking of the obvious things either – Gmail is great for email and chatting with your group, and you can use shared calendaring to find a good time to play. Google Page Creator is a quick and easy web page, or create a Google Group for a forum. There’s tons of stuff you can do out of game to help your group communicate and share. But some of the really interesting things are what can be done during the game. I spent a couple of hours thinking about this and came up with 12 ways to use some of Google’s applications while you’re currently at the game table. You need a computer or handheld device with a web browser to access these services, and of course you’ll need a Google account. You don’t need the paid Google Apps service either – all of the applications I’ve listed below are available for free. If you’re not a fan of Google, there are a number of other...

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