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Separating Myths from Facts in Vampire: The Requiem

Where does Vampire's mythology diverge from popular belief? Where do the conceits ring true? The following statements outline real-world legends of the undead, clarifying their truth or falsity in the [more…]

The Best Ways to Defeat a Vampire

Everyone knows Hollywood's take on the vampire myth, and how to go about destroying one of the undead. Confront her with a crucifix or garlic. Immerse her in running water. Cut off her head. Stake her [more…]

Looking at the Components of a Dungeons & Dragons Game

You need three distinct components to play a Dungeons & Dragonsgame: [more…]

So You Want to Be a Dungeon Master?

A Dungeon Master is one of the players in a Dungeons & Dragons game group. The other players each create a single character and use that character to interact with the imaginary world depicted in the game [more…]

How to Play GURPS

Most Generic Universal Role Playing Games (GURPS) can be played almost as a board game. You have a map that diagrams the areas that you are exploring, and you make dice rolls to determine the outcome of [more…]

Ten-or-So Cool GURPS Advantages

Of course, no single character is likely to have all of these advantages, but most characters could have one or two from this list. Several of these advantages are not available in realistic campaigns, [more…]

Finding Story Inspiration as a Dungeon Master

Many Dungeon Masters choose to create their own adventures and campaigns out of nothing more than their imaginations. If you're one of those DMs, good for you! Devising exciting adventures and crafting [more…]

Ten GURPS Disadvantages That Aren't Too Painful

In the GURPS universe, any disadvantage should limit your character in some meaningful way, but a disadvantage should never make your character less enjoyable for you to play. Selecting disadvantages is [more…]

Identifying the Framework for Your Role Playing Game Character

More than just describing what you can and can't do, your character defines what you will and won't do while playing him. If you decide that your character is curious and impulsive, then you, as your character [more…]

Understanding What You Need for Role Playing Games

Role playing games (RPGs) are all about playing a fictional character who moves through a fictional world. When you play a character in an RPG, you take on the role of that character, just like an actor [more…]

Getting Sources and Inspiration to Play Vampire: The Requiem

Vampires have been part of people's storytelling traditions for hundreds of years. Vampire obviously concerns itself with the gothic tradition and a familiar modern setting, so certain sources are more [more…]

Understanding Storytelling that Goes with Vampire: The Requiem

The act of getting together with a group of friends to play Vampire: The Requiem, where you tell tales about vampires, is called Storytelling. Storytelling is an interactive form of entertainment over [more…]

Objectives of the Dungeons & Dragons Game

D&D is a cooperative game, not a competitive one. In other words, you don't compete against the other players and you don't win by beating them. Instead, there are a lot of different ways to [more…]

Choosing Your Character’s Skills in Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition

When you create a 1st-level character in Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition, you begin roleplaying with training in a certain number of skills. The number of skills your character gains training in depends [more…]

Sample Starting Gear in Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition

Part of the fun of roleplaying games, such as Dungeons & Dragons, is customizing a character. But sometimes you just want to get down to the game. Want an easy way out of shopping for your 1st-level [more…]

Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition Battle Grids

Take your Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition character on an adventure using these battle grids. One battle grid is blank, so you can customize it to your particular adventure, or just use it as a large, open [more…]

Learning New Powers in Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition

One of the great things about roleplaying games like Dungeons & Dragons is that you get to completely customize your character, starting from scratch. When you’re creating a new 1st-level character for [more…]

Planning Your Feat Choices in Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition

Choosing feats in the Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition roleplaying game can be pretty daunting because there are so many to choose from. It’s a good idea to have a plan for which feats your character will [more…]

Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition For Dummies Cheat Sheet

When you’re creating a character for your Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition game, you want to choose the best powers, feats, skills, and gear for your character’s race and class. This Cheat Sheet provides [more…]

GURPS Critical Miss Table

In GURPS, the flipside of critical successes are critical failures, or misses in character combat. Like critical successes, critical failures mean an extreme result from a roll — in this case, a bad result [more…]

GURPS Critical Hit Table

In GURPS, when your characters are involved in combat, a critical success is a really good result from your skill roll. In general terms, a roll of 10 under your skill is a critical success, although a [more…]

GURPS Melee Attack Modifiers

In GURPS, being successful in hand-to-hand combat involves skill and the right weaponry — melee weapons like daggers, smallswords, sabers, and large knives are effective. When your character is making [more…]

GURPS Active Defense Modifiers

In GURPS combat, defending your character by avoiding and effectively absorbing a hit is sometimes more important than landing a hit. Good weapons for defense are shields and armor, but remember not to [more…]

GURPS Ranged Attack Modifiers

In GURPS, being able to inflict damage on your opponents' characters when attacking from a distance is quite handy. Some helpful weapons are spears, nets, harpoons, and axes, but remember that you can't [more…]

GURPS For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Once you’ve developed your character and playing field in GURPS (Generic Universal Role Playing System) and you’re ready to roll, make sure your GM (Game Master) has the tables explaining the roll values [more…]


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