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4 things NOT to do when writing for an IP

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I’ve had the pleasure of working with several different publishers, making material for use within a number of established campaign settings (Fantasy Flight Games, Frog God Games, AdventureAWeek.com, LPJ Design, Amora games, and more). If you’re breaking into writing and want to work in this field, I’ve garnered a few things from my (still comparatively few!) experiences creating […]

4 Tips to Stop the Monotony in Random Encounters and Surprise Players

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Everybody can enjoy the nocturnal prowling of beasts, but eventually troll raids can get a little bit stale. When the party goes off-course and the third evening of animal attacks comes to pass, consider a few alternatives to keep your players on their toes. Any NPC could be led to act as a random encounter […]

Ring of Exuberance

Celurian-Chain Link Rings

Ring of Exuberance Aura faint transmutation; CL 3rd Slot ring; Price 9,500 gp; Weight — DESCRIPTION This beautifully crafted ring is actually in two parts – one is onyx black, the other sterling gold. Each miniature circlet is infused with a light cyan energy that entwine’s the wearer’s finger. The wearer of a ring of exuberance gains […]

The Eternal Torment

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The Eternal Torment Aura none (medium abjuration and medium conjuration, see text); CL 7th Slot none; Weight 800 lbs. The Eternal Torment is always a beautiful marble statue of perfect proportions, slightly larger than the creature it portrays. The face is contorted in pain but otherwise an aura of beauty surrounds the artwork. Upon careful examination, however, the […]

Dyrnwyn

Dyrnwyn 2.0

Dyrnwyn Aura moderate necromancy; CL 9th Slot none; Price 34,315 gp; Weight 5 lbs. DESCRIPTION  This four-foot full bladed longsword is forged from the finest steel, with a broad S-style crossguard that holds a matched pair of opals. The hilt is wrapped in the finest ivory, polished white from decades of use, and the hilt […]

Infernal Horn

Infernal Horn

Infernal Horn Aura strong conjuration; CL 13th Slot none; Price 50,000 gp; Weight 2 lbs. Description This brass horn is engraved with images of cavorting imps torturing small animals, whispering in the ears of human warlords, starting fires and destroying precious artworks. Once a day when a user blows the horn after speaking its command […]

Confessions of an Evil GM: Sandbox vs. Railroading

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When I started playing RPGs, railroading was the only way ahead. Then something called a sandbox came along. I initially thought, “isn’t that where children play and cats do their business?” That’s only partly accurate; sandbox design is a way of making the campaign world more alive. More alive? I just wanted to kill things […]

The Lute of Friendship

Harp-Lute

Lute of Friendship Aura moderate enchantment; CL 10th Slot none; Price 18,000 gp; Weight 4 lbs. Description This beautifully crafted lute has a stout, polished brass handle parallel to the bridge, and the metal continues around the entire frame of the instrument. Unique designs chase the front of the lacquered wooden drum, marking it unique among […]