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 Voting has begun for the 2018 Ennies! Posted: Thu, 12 Jul 07:18:48  
Blog Admin, Mike, Writing & Authoring & The Games Industry
Just a brief note to advise that voting has opened for the 2018 Ennies. These are the tabletop RPG equivalent of the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes and the Pulitzers – they celebrate excellence within our hobby. There have been over 500 submitted products from 72 publishers in 23 categories, and the judges have […]

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 The Love Of RPGs: June 2018 Blog Carnival Roundup Posted: Mon, 09 Jul 14:01:38  
Game Mastering, Mike, Writing & Authoring & The Games Industry
The topic of “Why Do You Love RPGs? Why Do You Love GMing?” seems such a simple one, but it’s actually very challenging to articulate why you love something. It seems to me that this is one problem that’s actually holding the hobby back from broader acceptance – it’s really hard to “sell” someone on […]

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 Big News 2018 Ennies Nominations Posted: Thu, 05 Jul 05:40:37  
Blog Admin, Mike, Writing & Authoring & The Games Industry
Yesterday, the list of nominees for the 2018 Ennies was announced and Campaign Mastery is one of them, nominated once again for Best Blog! Sincere congratulations to my fellow nominees, in both my category and in all the others (full list here). No-one who isn’t there can know how much hard work goes into achieving […]

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 (In)Human Survival: The Biology of Elementals and More Posted: Mon, 02 Jul 14:02:02  
D&D / Pathfinder, Mike, NPCs & Villains & Monsters
I’ve been reading a fascinating book lately: “The Biology Of Human Survival” by Claude A Piantadosi, M.D. This relatively hard-to-find book from Oxford University Press deals with the biological processes by which humans react to various conditions, and hence the hazards posed by those conditions, in a way that is both technically accurate and yet […]

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 Professions Of Character Posted: Mon, 25 Jun 13:33:49  
D&D / Pathfinder, Game Mastering, Mike
We all roleplay our character’s professions or character classes, right? Actually, we don’t. What we usually roleplay is someone pretending to belong to a profession, because that’s a lot faster and easier. The difference between the two might seem small, but the impact when you compare the two is like night and day. Awareness of […]

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 Could Dungeons and Dragons Make it as an E-sport? Posted: Mon, 18 Jun 14:03:09  
D&D / Pathfinder, Online Gaming & Resources, Opinion
Dungeons & Dragons is one of the most influential games of all time. The stories generated by Dungeons & Dragons campaigns have inspired fantasy novels and movies. Not only has the game itself remained popular for a number of decades, it has spawned countless other tabletop RPGs and even full-blown computer games. Yet, despite its […]

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 Inhabiting the Character Space and 16 other ways to help shy players Posted: Mon, 11 Jun 14:37:08  
Campaign Management, Game Mastering, Mike
On Quora recently, I (and others) were asked for GMing techniques to help shy players come out of their shells. As it happens, I already had this article underway, in one of those serendipitous coincidences that stretch credibility to the point of near-fracture. As it happens, I have 17 techniques to offer by which the […]

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 Survivors Of The Underdark: A New Dwarven Paradigm Posted: Mon, 04 Jun 14:12:01  
Campaign Creation, D&D / Pathfinder, Fumanor/One Faith (D&D 3.5)
Long-time readers of Campaign Mastery will know that I love concepts that re-imagine standard game elements like races and classes through the prism of a completely new context. During a conversation at the game table a month or two back, I found just such a new context for a staple D&D/Pathfinder race, Dwarves. Traditionally, D&D […]

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 For The Love Of RPGs Posted: Thu, 31 May 08:50:15  
Mike, Opinion, Blog Carnival
The calendar has shed its leaves, and has inexorably led to Campaign Mastery’s turn at hosting the Blog Carnival for 2018. The subject that I have chosen this time around is “Why do you love RPGs? Why do you love GMing?” I’ve been holding onto this topic for quite a while; it was always my […]

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 Conditional Modifier Magic: Combating Power Creep in RPGs Posted: Mon, 28 May 13:49:46  
Campaign Management, Combat, D&D / Pathfinder
One of the banes of RPGs since time immemorial has been been the seemingly inevitable drift toward out-of-control character capabilities at high levels. It’s something that afflicts almost every campaign that persists for any length of time, regardless of genre, but most notably, the various incarnations of D&D. This problem is so ubiquitous that there […]

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