Month: August 2017

Memorable Villains

Have you ever been neck deep in the story around the table, as a storyteller or player, and had your immersion suddenly ground to a halt when one of the players asks “Who’s that?” as soon as the main villain, who has been mentioned quite frequently by the non playing characters and been the player’s target for several sessions, is finally introduced and you realize that they have no emotional connection to the story? It has happened to me several times and as such I have been plotting some ways to prevent this occurrence for years. Baby Steps The...

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Part II: Trudvang Chronicles – System

Trudvang Chronicles by Riotminds was voted the most anticipated RPG in 2017. After a very successful Kickstarter Campaign it is due to be released later this year. Trudvang Chronicles is a high fantasy roleplaying game, based on the Swedish Drakar och Demoner, which was first published in 1982.  Last week we took a look at the Trudvang Chronicles setting (see here) and it looks really good, especially for those who love Beowulf, Nordic and Celtic mythology, and Nordic Medieval literature, e.g. the finnish poem Kalevala, the viking poetry Havamal and Voluspa. Trudvang is old and full of traditions, yet...

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More than a statblock

Creating a PC for a roleplaing game is a fun process and a giving one. But a character is more than a statblock and when creating a PC for a long-term campaign, it’s good to leave room for character development. Make sure that your character is defined by more factors than the stats and information on the character sheet.  Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. Many players, when creating a character for a roleplaying game, write about their character’s backstory...

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Splat! The wondrous beauty and absolute horror of supplements.

One of the greatest words we rpg players invented was the term splatbook. It’s funny, it’s descriptive and it’s useful. Now, there is not exactly an iron-clad definition but the general consensus is that a splatbook is a sourcebook dedicated to particular element or facet of a game, such as a character class, nation, race or faction. It provides background and flavour and almost always new rules and options. I’m fairly sure most players and GM’s love anything that enhances the immersion and flavour a of a campaign or a game world. I thumb through books that expand and...

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Heroes or murderhobos?

Every now and then I find myself in a bit of a tight spot. I try and I try, yet I constantly seem to hit a wall. No matter how I present things and events, the PCs won’t act heroic or courageous. Have you been there? Many years ago, I bought a brand-new campaign setting for AD&D. It contained a short adventure, which I decided to run for my group. It starts at a tavern (no surprise there!), but suddenly a woman screamed out in terror in the street, just outside the tavern. The PCs grabbed their weapons and...

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