This post over at RPG Blog II lists out some criteria for measuring where you are at in your GM style and career. I went through it and am quite happy with my score. It’s nowhere near perfect, but it’s high enough to keep me pleased with the result. I highly suggest that any and every GM head over to RPG Blog II and check it out. You’ll find your strengths and weaknesses if you’re just honest with yourself.
I hate skill checks that decide the fate of a game. I’d rather have good role playing than bad roll playing decide the fate of a campaign. DNAphil over at Gnome Stew has some good words on how to avoid scenarios like this that can spell certain death for a game session or an entire campaign that was designed with care and built with hard work.
The next game I’ll be playing in (and maybe even running) will be a Pathfinder game. I really appreciated MadBrew’s list of links regarding Pathfinder resources, and I’ve already put some of them to use. Now if my book from Amaz—those people— would show up, I’d be a happy camper. If you’re thinking about playing/running Pathfinder, head over to Mad Brew Labs and check things out.
Who couldn’t use a faster running game? I’m not talking about speedballing through every encounter and role playing opportunity. I’m talking about making some of the more laborious and boring parts run a little smoother and faster. Go check out what Ameron has to say about the topic!
I’ve always loved the idea of having a dice tower, but I haven’t wanted to shell out the Big Bucks for buying a pre-made one. I’ve also never put much thought into building my own because I know it would be made out of inch thick plywood and 2×4’s and would weigh in at roughly twice the weight of the Ptolus book. Well, the folks over at Key Our Cars put together a nice set of instructions and pictures on how to build one of your own. It’s even see-through, so you can watch the dice bang around the pegs as they plinko their way to the bottom. The cost, ease of construction and end-product has inspired me to build one on the next weekend I have free.