What do you do as a game master when you do not know how to get the players involved in the story? When can giving them too little information be too much? How do you get the players' characters on track without giving them so much...
Do you have difficulty, as a DM, surprising your players? Do they always seem to know whether an encounter is going to go their way?
Do they always figure out a strategy that stomps your encounter flat? How does it make you feel?…
Enough of that let us check out a DM trick,, part of a and Game Master Tips to put the game back into your RPG.
Everyone has some level of anxiety behind the screen of the Dungeon Master. From the newest of newbies to the 30 year veteran, we all have some feeling of anxiety leading up to a game. After that first day in the captain's chair many of us...
Many a Game Master spend months thinking of these grand worlds and epic wars that shape the campaign arc with which they are going to start their story.
Others go back and forth between using some cataclysmic event or an ancient evil for the backdrop that affects the people and their lives.
I just roll dice… :-p
No. Seriously, I started an entire section of Nerdarchy’s campaign setting, Chimes of Discordia, by randomly rolling an NPC Villain and consulting the charts found in the D&D 5e Dungeon Master’s Guide.
Not everyone is obsessed enough with being a game master as to have read all of the sections in the D&D 5e DMG. And that is okay.
For you I say. “check out the section on creating a NPC villain”, it is an easy way to start the super computer between your ears thinking creatively about antagonists and story arcs for your game.
Nerdarchist Ted here and today we are going to be talking about Dungeon master tips or game master tips for your Dungeons and Dragons game, or what ever RPG you play. So for those of you who are unfamiliar with this concept, lets ask the question, What is Player Agency?
Player Agency is when you allow a player to actually control the on goings of a story for a portion of the time or to create something and you allow them to run with it. Technically when a player makes a back story for their character they are doing so with agency but with most groups it actually ends there.
Do you use Player Agency in your RPG?
Almost everyone who has played a magic user long enough has gotten themselves into a tight spot where the spells they have are not what they need. Either during other players' turns or after the encounter is over we think of a custom spell that would...
Whether you are a game master or a player, the unique weapons and special powers found in anime series can liven up a gaming experience. Personally, I really enjoy watching anime. so doing game master "homework" is easy While there are many places to draw inspiration from...
I was in good spirits and interested in helping my mom out by consolidating some tires and other nasty things into a trailer today.
Nature had other plans for me and I met those little terrible stinging plans right out the gate.
Immediately after moving a tarp, the first object, out of the way I was set upon by a bee stinging at blur-like anime speeds.
Too fast for me to visually spot I received 6 bee stings from the blurring akuma of a yellow jacket. I was saved from further bee stings by my Nerdarchy shirt (no claims of bee stopping might are guaranteed).
The wasp got stuck on the painted letters as it tried to spam attack twerk itself towards a stinging victory.
There comes a time in every anime watching, RPG playing, nerd’s life when they are inspired by their top 10 anime series.
Below are my top 10 anime series for source material and some Game Master tips when writing fiction for your worlds.
Some of the worlds lend themselves to certain styles of play and certain types of players. Keep this in mind when you are writing fiction for your world.
This list is in no particular order, just my top 10 anime series for campaign inspiration. When writing fiction I like to stay within the theme of the game that I decide to run so when I list the anime I will start off with the flavor of fantasy that fits it the best. Then go into some non-spoiler descriptions of elements within that world.
Greetings Nerdarchist Ted here and if you are a regular visitor to our site you will know that today should be a Goblin comic. But Nerdarchist Ryan celebrated Star Wars day with a great comic so we actually launched that one on Monday.
So that shifted my usual articles back a day. So here we are with me on a Wednesday.
New players at your role playing game offer an assortment of challenges as well as an assortment of boon. Now sadly I am not talking about Epic boons bestowed upon you when you reach 20th level but they are advantages never the less.
Player tips for new players in a Role Playing game
Hello and welcome fellow Nerdarchists. I’ve got a great way for you to up your tabletop roleplaying game skills. It’s called The Lazy Dungeon Master written by Michael Shea. Don’t worry about which edition of Dungeons & Dragons you are playing. This book is useful. As a matter of fact I’m gonna go out on a limb and suggest you could use nearly all of the advice given for any tabletop RPG. This book is short, sweet and packed with valuable Dungeon Master tips. If you are looking for a how to DM resource this one is at the top of my list. It weighs in at an anemic 123 pages but offers storm giant sized value. If I would have stumbled across this book there is no way I would of bought it, but because a friend recommended it I decided to give it go. At 123 pages I was thinking what the hell is this Michael Shea guy going to tell me about how to DM? I mean, I’ve been gaming for over 30 years at this point.
Hello fellow Nerdarchists, today I want to bring you one of my favorite races from Dungeons & Dragons past — the wemic. I fell in love with the wemic back in my early days of playing second edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. When I got my hands on the Complete Book of Humanoids I played many of those races and wemic was absolutely my favorite. You have to admit the wemic is a realy cool race. So I am proud to give you my take on the wemic both as a monster and a playable race.
Hello reader it’s Nerdarchist Dave and I’m here to take your Dungeon Master game to the next level. Rule zero of running a tabletop roleplaying game is the Game Master makes the rules. Your number one job as the Game Master, Dungeon Master, Referee, Storyteller or whatever you are calling the person running the game is help everyone have fun. It was in the fourth edition Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Master’s Guide where I first saw something so simple yet magical. “Say yes.” Those two words changed my perspective completely with tabletop roleplaying games. It made me reexamine how I behave as a Game Master for tabletop roleplaying games.
Hey folks Nerdarchist Dave here to talk about the age old question: how do I find a gaming group? This can be super easy or a Herculean task especially among us tabletop RPG gamers. Let’s face it, inside the gaming community there are more socially inept people than you can roll a d20 at. I feel like can say that, being one of the inept. I personally have always gotten anxiety when placed in large social gatherings with people I don’t know.
Hello Nerdarchy friends and fans! Nerdarchist Ted here. Today we are going to step back and lift the veil from the gaming world and talk about the mindset. I have been tabletop roleplaying for well over two decades. In this time I have played countless characters both as a Dungeon Master and as a player character. Whether you wing it every session or you have a detailed process, you might want some tips so here are some ideas to help you out.