Rewards: Status

We can offer status to our players (and the influence that comes with it). We can reward them with a title and a piece of land, or maybe a fixed income, though there should be an implied responsibility that goes with it. We can hand out knighthoods and membership in guilds. And we can generally... Continue Reading →


Rewards: Toys

Of all the sins of all the editions ~ and there have been many ~ I think the worst is probably 3rd Edition's implied magic item economy. For those unfamiliar, AD&D had guidelines in the DMG (or maybe it was a supplement; I can't remember, honestly, but I know I saw it somewhere) for making... Continue Reading →

I am not Perfect

This post is a correction to something I wrote before: I do know that he does these things in his online game because he says he does. I don't think this is a true statement. I remember watching a video where Mercer said something like, "I don't fudge rolls as a rule but if the... Continue Reading →

Edition Politics

It's not a war. It's a political debate. And neither side has ever bothered to listen to the other, just like in real politics. Take this exchange as an example: Now, clearly, a solution to the issue is to make spellcasters pay in some manner for their spells. There are ways to make it harder... Continue Reading →

Five Dimensions of Personality

I have a list of over 300 personalities. It's a single list that I'd hoped to use to produce personalities for NPCs at random. I also thought to associate it with alignment ~ a background detail, not relevant to my players because I don't use alignment in the actual playing of the game ~ because... Continue Reading →

Rewards: Power

I swear, these are coming up at random. This question was added just today (as I'm writing) and it's already got three answers. And the next day, that number jumped to seven, including the one I wrote. That will probably change again by the time I post this, so take it with a grain of... Continue Reading →

the Advanced Game

What am I after? What is the purpose of this blog? What do I hope to accomplish with my writing? I had hoped that my goals were easily identified by simply reading what's written here. However, I've had this question asked of me ~ on various forums and platforms ~ several times and I think... Continue Reading →

What You Know

One of the skills from the Tao's sage abilities system is Sharp Practice. Briefly, it is "theĀ art of identifying the layout of a building or the probable background of an individual." Since Alexis hasn't put his notes online yet (quite possibly because he doesn't know exactly how the skill will work), I've been writing down... Continue Reading →

Memory Charm

Malcolm Gladwell has a podcast titled Revisionist History. It's an examination of "something misunderstood or overlooked." Like most of Gladwell's work, it's worth its weight in gold. If you haven't heard of it before now, you need to take a moment and listen. I recommend starting with the episode about McDonald's French fries. I recently... Continue Reading →

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