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campaign design

  1. Evocatus

    4e: Domain Management?

    Anyone run a high-level 4e game and had the PCs build and manage a domain of their own? If so, how'd you do it? Just craft it out of whole cloth? Use older editions as a guideline? Did you layer in retainers/followers at earlier levels as well? Regale me.
  2. G

    [FATE] Theming Aspects and Compels

    I've been a huge fan of Fate for a few years, but now I am halfway through running my first campaign, using a fairly simple hack. Fate has worked really well for us - we've stretched a few gaming muscles, and the story is humming along with intrigue and disaster. However, as I examine the...
  3. D

    [Generic GM Tool] Campaign Relationship Generator (new thread)

    I am starting a new thread dedicated to the Random Campaign Relationship Generator for basically one simple reason: Since I cannot edit posts older than a couple of minutes, and since most people didn't read the whole old thread or my signature and instead clicked the first link they came...
  4. D

    [Generic GM Tool] Campaign Relationship Generator

    Starting from a discussion over here, I wrote a standalone java application that randomly generates relationships between NPCs, organizations or PCs. It has outgrown its original purpose and can (I think) now be beneficial to any GM looking for random input to his campaign planning. Features /...
  5. T

    Non-Howardian Fantasy Adventure Design

    Most D&D dungeons are cast in the mold of "The Scarlet Citadel" or, occasionally, "Tower of the Elephant". D&D was designed to accommodate those kind of adventures (underground monster menageries full of strange treasure, etc). I myself am okay with Howard, but my favorite fantasy adventures are...
  6. Sethra007

    From Start to Finish: How Do You Design A Campaign?

    What the title says. And I'm not talking about an adventure or a one-shot. I mean planning out a full-blown campaign, from start to finish. 'Cause I'm seriously curious. I know how I approach writing/designing a campaign*, but it occurs to me there may be better ways out there that I could...
  7. Egyptoid

    The Riddle of Abulafia

    Is everyone familiar with ABULAFIA The site has dozens of random tables, such as personalities, jewels, treasures. Here's a random tome for you: Solving Problems with Chronomancy, by Denthane, the Triumphant Warlock Now my riddle is this: what is the symbol on the top left, and why is it...
  8. M

    Another Crazy Matt Colville Idea

    This is basically an approach to running a game. A way to structure a campaign. Levels 1-3: The Dungeon The game used to be about Dungeons. GMs worked on Dungeons. In 1974 that's what a DM was. The Dude Who Created And Ran The Dungeon. It's why he was CALLED the Dungeon Master, because he had...
  9. M

    How do you balance narrative structure with player agency?

    I'm putting together a 3-session campaign, probably using Strands of Fate. I've got great players and our style tends to be fairly loose and cooperative. I'd really appreciate the benefit of your collective wisdom... :) The biggest issue I have in designing the campaign is the tension between...
  10. Hanover Fist

    Your Campaigns: Macro or Micro?

    I'm reading up on sandbox hexcrawls, and in doing so I ran across this article describing mid-sized campaigns. In the article, the author compares the advantages and disadvantages of the "micro" style (heavily detailing small areas) and the "macro" style (trying to cover the entire game world...
  11. N

    Rusty DM Needs Your Campaign Advice!

    Hi all, I'm after some comments, help and suggestions on an upcoming Dungeons & Dragons 4E campaign I'm about to run, and would really appreciate any and all help that can be rendered. This post is quite long, hopefully you can bear with me... A while back my regular gaming crew slowly...
  12. K

    How do you write and run a campaign?

    Not a general 'how you do write and run' something question. More of a 'how do YOU write and run' something question. I'm putting a campaign together - and it's a different setting and system to what I'm used to and relies on a lot of action. Now, my usual mode of writing is to write every...
  13. A

    Help with a zombie adventure!

    In a week I'm running an adventure for a modern day zombie survival horror game. I could use a little help giving the characters a goal to shoot for (other than "survive"). Here's the scenario so far: The characters are driving down the freeway when a couple cars ahead of them, they see a...
  14. R

    [GM Reference Books] on World Building, Campaign/Adventure Design & Content Creation

    I am the type who always enjoys reading good stuff on GMing, especially when it is related to content creation (as opposed to "how to GM' books). I have built up a pretty good collection over the years, but I'm sure I've missed quite a few good resources. Here are a few of my favorites just to...
  15. Jack Daniel

    New Campaign Advice

    I've been running the same campaign for close to three years now. When games go on that long, I've noticed, players get extremely attached to their characters, to their favorite items, and to their favorite battle-tactics. They learn to love being invincible big-shots with a spell to solve...
  16. S

    [4E] Awesome dungeon conversion idea

    Now, this would be pretty damn hard to pull off and would require alot of invested time but i believe it would be a fucking awesome campaign to play in. Basically, we use the storyline of half life and convert it to a fantasy world. Black Mesa research facility is all about magics and stuff...
  17. Ace

    4e Low magic musings and questions

    I was thinking about running some 4e with limited magic. Its set after the magic realms have been cut off from reality and magic users can no longer access most of their powers. Basically there is a big war between the Shadow Powers, Primal Powers and Divine Powers that leaves most of the...
  18. H

    [General] A question of Linguistics

    Hey Guys, I know in many settings there are ancient civs that built big empires etc etc... What I'm looking for is a unique take on the language for a homebrew setting. (Using D&D right now, but it doesn't have to be.) So far I've decided that the language is immune to magical attempts to...
  19. A

    [Let's Justify!] Space Opera

    So I've been roped into running a space opera game in the near future. Basically all the players have decided is that 1: its not a established fictional universe and 2: its space operaiffic. So what I want to do is justify all the tropes of space opera I possibly can when i am coming up with...
  20. mrlost

    [3.5ish] Fantasy Rome, how much do slaves cost?

    Anyway, from what I remember from school, Slaves were cheap in Rome for a long time. Right up until the society began its decline. So I'm thinking the base price for a slave (i.e. a commoner, expert, or warrior npc) should be 8 silver pieces. Those with marketable skills or racial abilities or...
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