Role-playing Games Weekly Newsletter
Role-playing Games Weekly Newsletter

Top new questions this week:

Is the same page tool overkill for brand new players?

I'm about to run the D&D 5e starter set for a group, most of which are entirely new to RPGs. The Same Page Tool looks like a great resource for a new group playing together, but not necessarily ...

new-players new-gm group-dynamics  
asked by StuperUser 29 votes
answered by gomad 26 votes

Using downtime activity to research spells

I run a D&D 5E campaign. I have a player who is playing a wizard. This player would like to use his downtime to learn new spells. Specifically, he doesn't want to create any new spells of his ...

dnd-5e spells house-rules wizard  
asked by GamerJosh 21 votes
answered by Dale M 6 votes

Dealing with large amount of dice rolls for a single damage roll without making it drag on

There are a number of spells and abilities that involve large amounts of dice rolling. For example, a high level rogue can have up to 10d6 in Sneak Attack, and a high level Wizard can have a ...

system-agnostic dice  
asked by Nate Kerkhofs 20 votes
answered by Erik 30 votes

Keeping Mass Battles interesting for players

It happens on rare occasion that the characters I GM for end up in some bigger battle. Often this follows lots of preparation and planning of strategies and tactics. Sometimes it just happens that the ...

mass-combat  
asked by fgysin 17 votes
answered by eimyr 18 votes

GMing against type: adding levity

When I GM, I tend to make the scenarios/campaigns "serious" -- they're grim and gritty, much more about drama (and violence) than anything else. In addition, I tend to focus on some degree of realism ...

gm-techniques system-agnostic edge-of-the-empire  
asked by Dave 17 votes
answered by sillyputty 9 votes

How do I introduce a larger-than-the-game villain (so that the players can beat him one day)?

I have a cool villain I really like. I mean, I love that character. I would squeal with excitement if my players could meet him, figure him out, confront him and foil his plans and maybe even kill ...

gm-techniques villain  
asked by eimyr 14 votes
answered by Steve Jessop 16 votes

The tension of the possibility of failure in Fate

In playing Fate (Dresden Files, Fate Core), one problem has reared it's ugly head more than once. And I'm not sure if it's something that I'm doing wrong, if it's the way that the players are ...

fate dresden-files fate-core  
asked by wraith808 14 votes
answered by sillyputty 19 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Maximum bookkeeping fantasy game with magic

So far, I've seen questions about minimum-bookkeeping game recommendations, to keep it simple easy, and fast-to-play. That is understandable, since many play their games in-person. However, lots of ...

game-recommendation fantasy  
asked by Baka-Mastermind 46 votes
answered by gomad 40 votes

Is there a tool to make custom character sheets?

Is there a tool out there, preferably free, specifically for making custom, system-agnostic character sheets? I'm looking for something a little more focused than a general program like ...

tools character-sheets tool-recommendation  
asked by chaosys 16 votes
answered by aramis 9 votes

Can you answer these?

How should I determine when to use which Social method?

In 2e their is a new mechanic called Social Maneuvering, in theory their are also regular social rolls and Extended social rolls. How do I decide which of these my players should be using in a given ...

new-world-of-darkness-2e  
asked by xenoterracide 1 vote

How to effectively combine Ars Magica's Agent rules with Reign's Company rules?

This question was originally posed hypothetically in this Answer and ensuing comments. I am attempting to do something very similar to this as seen in this Question. In that question I am looking ...

campaign-development homebrew ars-magica-5 realm-management reign  
asked by Ascar Lanthir 4 votes

What feats should I take with my Constructor Psion?

I've been playing a Metacreativity (Constructor) Psion for a few months, and I'm worried that my feat selection is not very good. I've been told by multiple sources that some of the feats that I've ...

pathfinder feats optimization psionics  
asked by DuckTapeAl 4 votes
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