Revisiting the Past: Insight Checks in OSR

Anybody used to playing older versions of D&D (pre-4e) is probably wondering what the heck an Insight check is. Imagine for a moment that your PC is interacting with a NPC and you want to know whether the NPC’s motives are pure. Are they lying to you? Are they hiding something? Are they being forthright?…

The GM’s Corner: Lessons Relearned Gaming with Kids

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I had the opportunity to play with not one, but two different groups of kids at the game table and it proved to be quite interesting. This is a bit of a break from the articles I’ve been writing lately, but I think it’s important. Group #1 The first group played…

Some Thoughts About Holy Knights for GMs

In this post I want to switch hats for a bit and think like a GM for a few minutes. So let’s say you have a Holy Knight in your campaign… what kinds of adventures might they have fun on? The Holy Knight is a new class coming soon to Mazes & Perils that combines…

How do you inspire your players? RPG Blog Carnival – January 2016

This month’s RPG Blog Carnival topic is hosted by Johnn Four of Roleplaying Tips himself. He wants to know what we (as GMs I suspect) do to inspire our players to get excited to play each session. This is a tough one since I don’t GM a ton these days. Let’s take a look anyway……

31 Days of Halloween, Day 7

One more strange day of writing for Halloween… This time we entered the basement of a serial killer courtesy of Little Spaces: Scary Basements. And I have to admit that I was a little disturbed when I figured out what was in the jars my muse suggested based on the terms Taste, Glass, and Lumpy… It…

First RPG Gamemastered – #RPGaDAY 2014, Day 2

The second day of the #RPGaDAY effort is about “First RPG Gamemastered.” After yesterday’s post, I’ll give you one guess which RPG was my first attempt at being a game master… Dungeons and Dragons. Shocking, I know. Honestly I don’t remember much about those early attempts at dungeon mastering in junior high. It wasn’t until much later…

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