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I dislike magic item stores ("magimarts") in my games. Here's why.
As GM do you need to worry about originality in your adventures?
GMs with more experience can improvise better than those with little experience. That doesn’t help the GM shortage.
There’s been a surge of interest in GMing by improvisation rather than preparation, as in the “old days.” What are the ramifications?
What is a player’s motivation when they first play an RPG? What do they think is going to happen, what do they want to happen, what do they want to BE?
Is combat an end in itself, or is it a means to an end; and is that a worthy end?
I avoid Artifacts of Cosmic Power that are likely to destroy the world in the long run.
J.R.R. Tolkien’s work is a strong influence on RPGs, but is that bad?
What should the "spirit" of a game be?
Does it matter if you play a game “wrong”?
It’s hard out there for new RPGs. Specialized conventions can help.
Do you search (the Internet, RPGgeek, enworld?) to find a mechanic that will solve your game design problems?
In each instance of lengthy adventure fiction (and games), there’s usually a standard mode of operation.
Where's your party’s base of operations?
There was a time when finishing the mission was core to RPG play.
Is frequently rolling lots of dice good design for an RPG?

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