City States of Blood (The Vampire Lords of the West)

History is recorded of those periods of time the victors want remembered. But sometimes it’s best to forget. In the many ages of man, there have been peaks and valleys. One of those valleys took place in the City States of the Bloodlords in the far West. During that time, powerful vampire lords ruled with…

Exploring a Dungeon’s Atmosphere

As I wrote up the “Wolves in the Walls” article about crafting dungeons, I realized I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about next. I’d covered ceilings, floors, and walls. A year ago I wrote about staircases. And I have an entire book about doors. What was left? Turns out, there’s quite a…

The Wolves in the Walls

By now we’ve covered ceilings and floors, I think it’s about time to focus on the walls of our dungeon and see how we might view them differently. If you search the collective consciousness (and the insane number of idioms we have in the English language), you can find some interesting sayings or phrases focused…

Where did that come from? (Item ownership)

Every item in a game world has a story. Sure, it might not be an exciting story, but it has a story. And when you go to a blacksmith or a “general store” you have a great opportunity to use an item’s story to help inspire plots in the world – or at the very…

The Wandering Tomb Table

What? A “wandering” tomb?? What the heck is that? Hold on a second there. Let me explain. In medieval times, especially during times of war, marauding groups would charge across the countryside and die in numerous ways. Battle. Starvation. Disease. Natural disaster. Or simply not stopping to ask for directions. A great leader of the…

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