High-Level Campaigns For Fantasy Roleplaying Games

How do you create and run a high-level campaign for fantasy roleplaying games like Dungeons and Dragons, or the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game? It’s all about grander scale, more significant scenery and added complexity in both story and rules. Continue reading “High-Level Campaigns For Fantasy Roleplaying Games”

Religion For Roleplaying Games

A crucial early stage in creating a fantasy roleplaying game setting is designing its religions. A religion’s role in the campaign setting work on two levels: the deities themselves and the followers.

The deities themselves may or may not be an active part of the story, depending on your preference.

The followers are often more interesting than the gods themselves because now the mortals enter the picture, and faith, heresy, sin, and redemption become part of your story.

This post is a follow-up on a previous post Writing Fantasy Religions with gaming in mind, and focus on the nuts and bolts of making religious deities, characters, villains and nonplayer characters work in your campaign setting. Continue reading “Religion For Roleplaying Games”

The Way of the Sellsword

“Back to the company. Back to business. Back to the parade of years. Back to the annals. Back to fear.”

– Glen Cook, The Black Company (1984)

Mercenaries and mercenary stories are probably the most basic fantasy tales in a world with lots of rain and morally dubious characters. Sellswords are mercenaries – soldiers for hire. The way of the sellsword – a life of war on the road – is a hard one, but offer a high reward for those who survive. Continue reading “The Way of the Sellsword”

Create Fantasy Roleplaying Game Adventures

How do you create a fantasy roleplaying game adventure? It can be daunting, and you need to prepare smart to get the best results. This post shows one way to organize your ideas for excellent results with minimal effort. I wrote this with beginners in mind, but everyone is welcome to join in.

I’m going to assume the adventure is a one-shot or part of a series of self-contained adventures. Keeping things simple is a great way to start for beginners, or if your group includes busy people with low attendance, and you want everyone to feel welcome.

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Create Roleplaying Game Characters

Creating a new character for a roleplaying game is one of the highlights of the game. You both get to create a new alter ego – good or bad – for yourself, and enjoy figuring out the character’s relation to the other characters.

This post is not about creating the characters themselves – your system of choice will explain that – this post is about making the characters fit in the story. There are many things to consider, for players and game masters alike, so let’s get started. Continue reading “Create Roleplaying Game Characters”