Steal My Idea: The Church of Gobbleguk

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For a D&D 5e game I just started playing, I wanted to roll a cleric. The twist was I wanted my cleric to be a devout cultist who had insane ideas about the world but wasn’t trying to bring about an age of darkness or release Cthulhu upon the world. I wanted to make a fun cult that had crazy ideas but that a player could still follow with a (mostly) good character.

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Steal My Idea: Making Tension High

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Raising tension in an RPG is a unique and often difficult task. Pacing can make or break tension and the cycle of tension and release (Here’s a video explaining the cycle of tension and release if you are unfamiliar with it). Keeping players and yourself riding that wave can be difficult, but it is also rewarding when you pull it off. Here are some tips I’ve discovered and used over the years to help raise tension when you want to.

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Steal My Idea: Side Quest: The Ring of Exponential Value

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Totally unrelated to anything going on in my life right now (feel free to read that in a sarcastic tone), I thought I’d make this Steal My Idea about fun and interesting side quests you can insert into your game. You can use these quests as missions that tie into your story, related but not critical to the main story quests for your players, or as fillers so your players can have fun because you didn’t have enough time write up a full adventure.

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Steal My Idea: Two Encounters and a Trap Your Players Won’t See Coming

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I love surprising players. Even if your players are in a skeleton-lined tunnel made by kobolds that leads to the tomb of Loki, you can still surprise them with a good trap or encounter.

I’m not including stats for these traps and encounters. They are ideas you can use in basically any system and any level, so shape them according to your group.

 

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Steal My Idea: 3 Level One Characters Ideas You Might Not Have Tried (Amnesia Is Not One of Them)

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Level one (or its equivalent for whatever system you’re using) is a great place for characters to start in a new campaign. However, because level one characters don’t have impressive stats, skills, or abilities compared to what they will have, it’s easy for some players to make relatively young and lacking experience. Playing an inexperienced or young character now learning the ropes every time you start a low-level game can get old. If you need some ideas, here are some you can steal to can make a more interesting and experienced low-level character. Continue reading “Steal My Idea: 3 Level One Characters Ideas You Might Not Have Tried (Amnesia Is Not One of Them)”

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