Month: March 2018

Creating suspense

Creating suspense in roleplaying games is not easy. Making sure that your narrative contains a build-up and climaxes in the end takes years of practice. Here are a few tips. Atmosphere and suspense are something that most game masters strife to attain every time they raise the screen in front of them. After all, it helps with player immersion and makes it easier for the players to get in the right mood for the game. Having your players eyeing every roll, fearing for their characters and even getting so excited they start cheering like football players every time they...

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Return of the Warlock – Darkness over Kryptgarden

Darkness over Kryptgarden is a new Adventure Path by Yawning Portal. The second module, Return of the Warlock, is now available on dmsguild.com. The module is intended for 4-6 3rd level player characters.  Return of the Warlock is designed for 4-6 level 2nd-3rd level PCs and non-evil alignment, a good balance of character classes is advised. It takes place in the Forgotten Realms, in the Dessarin Vale, as described in The Storm King’s Thunder and Princes of the Apocalypse. The module can be run using any setting where you’d find a small village and woodland mountains nearby. All encounters...

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Kara-Tur and Oriental Adventures

Kara-Tur was the first of a few non-European culture based settings TSR released in the 80’s. It was released in the wake of the success of Oriental Adventures by Gygax. Later the setting was merged with the Forgotten Realms setting. Following the success of the Dragonlance setting, people within TSR seemed to get more confidence in that they could release something that wasn’t just dungeons and more dungeons. In 1985 Gary Gygax wrote and TSR released Oriental Adventures. To put it short, critics loved the book. Not only because for the first time in D&D’s history you could play...

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Why choose OSR?

Old School Revival or OSR has attracted a lot of attention lately. But what is OSR and who is it for? Why do some players prefer older edition of roleplaying games like D&D, rather than the latest and highly successful 5th edition? Strange! My oldest kid is now the age I was when I started playing roleplaying games. It was way back in AD&D days, you know, only yesteryear. Or so to speak. Despite the fact that I practically haven’t aged a day (only gained a few pounds according to my wife) there have been so many changes to...

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Gary Gygax

Slightly over a week ago, ten years had passed since the passing of Gary Gygax. Gygax has in later years become quite a controversial figure, with many idolising his creations while some deeply despise his style and the direction he had for gaming. Whether you belong to either group or neither for that matter, one thing is indisputable – every single roleplayer owes the man a great debt, whatever you think of his work. Ernest Gary Gygax was born in Chicago to an American mother and Swiss father. He always went by his middle name, inspired by legendary Hollywood...

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Villains and Antagonists – Archetypes of evil

In almost every fantasy setting you have a stark distinction between good and evil, the light side and the dark side or chaos and law. In most cases the PC’s are meant to fight the evil and do good, or to play the heroes that eventually will save the day, one way or another. Perhaps one of the oldest tropes of fantasy roleplaying is the cliche about the evil overlord. The one who is evil incarnate and even before the narrative starts everyone, both players and characters alike, know and accept this. Sauron, Iuz, Kalak of Tyr, Takhisis and...

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Shot in the Dark: Running Horror RPG’S

I have always had trouble watching horror movies as my imagination goes into overdrive for weeks after, disrupting my sleep and hampering my work as I often find myself alone in creepy places in the course of my workday. I am on the other hand addicted to running or playing horror rpg and try to work some horror angles into most of my campaigns. The absurdity of this contradiction is not lost on me but this fascination with horror roleplaying games and how to evoke the feelings associated has in my own opinion sharpened my storytelling wits more than...

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The right number of NPCs

One of the questions I constantly ask myself when writing and designing modules, is how many NPCs are needed or how many NPCs are necessary. Good NPCs can greatly enrich a narrative but too few or too many can make things worse. What is the right number of NPCs? Perhaps one of the issues I most ponder on when I’m writing and designing modules is the number of NPCs, if I have too many or too few. I often find myself spending way too much time wondering if this or that NPC will actually add anything to the narrative,...

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Mutant Year Zero game coming and massive discounts

It’s no secret that we Yawners are shameless fanboys of Fria Ligan and we’ve covered many of their games extensively with more to come. If you haven’t at least given them a try yet, then what the hell are you waiting for? Go for it! Anyway – while we normally don’t cover computer and video games here, we’ve been mightily intrigued by the announcement, trailers and screenshots for for the upcoming Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden. It looks pretty damn good, there is a distinctly fun atmosphere in the trailer and considering who are making the game, some...

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Spilamót 24. mars

Laugardaginn 24. mars fer fram spilamót í félagsmiðstöðinni Öskju, Safamýri 5. Staðsetningin er framúrskarandi góð, enda verslanir og skyndibitastaðir í göngufæri. Húsið opnar kl. 12 og verður spilað eins langt fram á nótt og þörf krefur. English extract: Roleplay Con in Askja, Safamýri 5 March 24th. The con opens at 12:00 and we’ll play as long as we need to. There will be 2 sessions with 8 tables each. Players need to book a seat at tables beforehand and the rule is, first come, first serve. The entrance fee is 2000 kr. for 1 session, 2500 kr. for 2...

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