Adventure Hook: Home Brew

Sorry for missing this yesterday. Life caught up with me, and I didn’t get a chance to post like I wanted to… Without further delay, the hook for this week! This hook works for all genres, except maybe prehistorical settings, since home brewing of beer, wine and mead has been around for thousands of years. ...

Tales from the Table: A Rockerboy in Metal Gear

More years ago than I want to consider, I ran a fairly long-term Cyberpunk 2020 (CP2020) game for my roommates and a few friends. We were all single, working at “The Slut” and had more time than money. We’d play CP2020 for hours and hours, and it was a blast. Justin went through more characters ...

Sunday Six: 2009-11-01

Life and work caught up with me Friday, and I never did have a chance to post the Friday Five. Instead, I’m doing a Sunday Six and giving you a bonus link as an apology for making you wait. Using Fear: Scare the Player, Not the Character I’m a hard working fiction writer (unpublished as ...

Adventure Hook: Death Curse

An old friend of the PCs (or maybe just one of the PCs) drags into their favorite watering hole and collapses at their feet. The friend then relates a tale of barely surviving a duel between two wizards in which one of them lost his life. The wizard’s death curse was deflected at the last ...

Tales from the Table: Elves Only

A former player/roommate of mine would only play elves. Period. No exceptions. Unfortunately for me (and fortunately for him) he moved away while I was in the middle of planning an all dwarf campaign. The campaign sounded like a blast to me, but I knew he would hate it and would probably commit suicide as ...

Friday Five: 2009-10-23

Character Sheet Cross Dressing Playing a character of the opposite sex can be a huge blast. I’m not talking about logging into your favorite MMORPG as a member of the opposite sex and flirting with people when your true identity is hidden. I’m talking about sitting at the table with a beer gut and a ...

Adventure Hook: Spontaneous Combustion

I’m listening to “Carrie” by the band Europe right now, and it reminded me of Stephen King’s book by the same title. That’s today’s inspiration (the book, not the song) for the adventure hook. This hook can be applied to pretty much any genre. Each genre will have its own approach to solving the riddle. ...

Tales from the Table: Retreating Forward

Quite a few years ago I was running a D&D 3.0 game with a great group of gamers. I was running Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil by Monte Cook, and we were having a hoot with the adventure. Partway through the module, a Dragon article came out (I think it was Dragon…) that ...

Friday Five: 2009-10-16

Whose Campaign Is It, Anyway? This post from Martin Ralya briefly touches on the concept of who “owns” the campaign? Is it the players? the group? the GM? I’m of the opinion that it’s the GM’s campaign since he puts in the most work, but it’s something to share and enjoy with other people. If ...

Adventure Hook: Tasty

Sorry for missing the adventure hook. I had it in my head, and just flat ran out of time yesterday to get it done. Here’s the hook without any more delays! A strange man walks into town tasting just a bit of all of the local foods before leaving the remaining morsels behind. With each ...