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  1. Corone

    It's Your Turn to GM

    Isn’t it about time you stepped up and took on the load sometime to give your usual GM a break? Short answer, yes it is. Picture courtesy of Pixabay. In most surveys I’ve seen, the one thing pretty much every GM agrees on is that they’d like to play now and again. It’s good for any GM to...
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    Let the Players Do the Work

    Why should the GM be the one to have to come up with all the ideas anyway? They have enough to do. So why not have your players put some effort into shaping the session? Picture courtesy of Pixabay. There is an old adage that says ‘don’t give the GM ideas’. As if we don’t already have enough...
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    In Praise of Dice

    I don’t think I need to convince anyone that dice are cool. But for those who feel dice are only useful for looking pretty and making a clattery sound behind a GM’s screen, I disagree. Picture courtesy of Pixabay. Fudging Dice Rolls Recent years have seen an explosion in all manner of gorgeous...
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    Are You Burned Out?

    Running a game can be hard and quite a responsibility. While players sometimes consider participation optional, without a GM there is no game. Given that, the GM has to do at least some prep work as well before each session, even if it’s just reading an adventure. So the GM doesn’t have the...
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    The Most Dangerous Time of the Year

    The holiday season is upon us again, and you may be wondering how you can add some holiday spirit to your game. However, at the same time you may not want to give your player characters an easy time drinking mulled wine and giving each other gifts. Here are a few ways to add a touch of festive...
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    Take A Look At The DUNE Character Sheet!

    Very true, and not every drive will fit each situation. Each one puts a twist on the test that makes it a little different and creates potentially different outcomes. However, it is fine to play to your strengths and try and use your best drive each time, but that means you need to manipulate...
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    Take A Look At The DUNE Character Sheet!

    Lol, not so much I’m afraid! But I should add that while I am the project manager and take far too many oppotunities to influence the creative aspects, our lead designer is still Nathan Dowdell who is the master of all things 2d20. :) If people want to know more about how Dune works, there is...
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    Here's What You Can Pre-Order For the DUNE RPG From Next Week

    If you like you can preorder the Standard edition as well - on its own or a bundle - and you'll also get the 82 page Corebook preview pdf right now, and the pdf when its out. If you do go for a bundle the dice are effectively free too. :)
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    Here's What You Can Pre-Order For the DUNE RPG From Next Week

    There will be more adventure stuff on the way, we have plenty of stuff planned and in development. If you want to know more about what characters are meant to do and how the game works, check out the blogs we're doing on the Modiphius site that offer more details.
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    Nominate your MOST ANTICIPATED RPG of 2021

    Thankyou. Much appreciated in that case :)
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    Nominate your MOST ANTICIPATED RPG of 2021

    I'll nominate Dune again - as it will be out in retail in physical form in 2021 if I have to hand write and deliver every copy myself! :) https://www.modiphius.net/pages/discover-dune-roleplaying-game I'd also like to nominate my current kickstarter if thats allowed - Opera House Which will be...
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    Check Out The First Dune RPG Art Preview

    For the game, we've taken the attitude that with whole planets to recruit from, every House has a mixture of pretty much every ethnic background among their agents, and that is isn't an issue. Your allegiance to your House is way more important than skin colour to pretty much everyone in the...
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    The Horror! of Introducing New Players

    A couple of years ago at Gen Con I had the scariest experience any GM can ever have. One of the players joined my Doctor Who game saying it was their first time role-playing. This wasn't scary because I thought they'll play it wrong or because I'd have to explain anything about the rules. It was...
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    Lessons Learned from Virtual Gaming

    I wasn't completely new to online gaming before Covid-19, but recent events have given me a crash course, as it has for most of us. It's made me change my gaming habits, but also taught me a few lessons. So it seemed worthwhile to offer are few rules I've learned, in the hopes I'm not the only...
  15. Corone

    No Good Choices

    I'd like to make a case for taking your game to the darkest places you can imagine. Not just with violence or carnage but the sort of horror that makes you question everything. This might sound complicated but it's actually very simple. You give your player characters no good choices. Picture...
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    Game Design Masterclass: Going Diceless

    In my experience you decide to fall into the pit because you think that would be an interesting result for your character, or that it is just what you think would happen (they are such a clutch there is no way they get out of it). Each player becomes the GM of their own narrative to a large...
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    Game Design Masterclass: Going Diceless

    While they are pretty (oh so pretty) you don’t actually need dice to play a role-playing game. If we don’t mind the Gamemaster fiddling with results to improve the story (when players do it, that’s just cheating) how much do we really need to roll something? Some GMs say they only roll as they...
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    Game Design Masterclass: Alien

    Oh, I’m a big fan of Corolis too. It’s my benchmark to beat for Dune :)
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    Game Design Masterclass: Alien

    In looking at examples of great game mechanics I don’t often pick a modern system. But I’ve not seen a system as well designed as Alien since Pendragon – and I don’t say that lightly. Free League’s (Fria Ligan) Alien game is a masterclass in not only how to reflect a license but how to make a...
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    Game Design Masterclass: James Bond 007

    Watching the trailer for the upcoming movie No Time to Die (the 25th Bond film) I realized it was about time to share a bit of love for one of my favorite long out of print games. While Ghostbusters is often held up as one of the greatest early licensed games, for me its James Bond 007. The game...
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