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Crumbling UpKeep Presents: The Making of a Villain

The PCs need antagonists. As a GM, its up to you to make sure that they are memorable and more than just a collection of hit points. Spending a little bit of time developing these important characters can have big pay offs. Doing so can help make your games engaging and unique instead of just… Continue reading Crumbling UpKeep Presents: The Making of a Villain

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Crumbling UpKeep Presents: Every Story is a Mystery

Something threatens the characters or the world around them. They kill it. They get gold, experience points, and items. Something threatens the characters or the world around them. They kill it harder with their new found abilities and magic. They get gold, experience points, and items. Something threatens the characters or the world around them.… Continue reading Crumbling UpKeep Presents: Every Story is a Mystery

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Crumbling UpKeep Presents: Running a sandbox campaign, part 2- Prep is for suckers.

In last week's post, we talked about a good system for prepping your fantasy sandbox campaign. This week, we're talking about a good system to avoid any prep what so ever. Mutant Year Zero While not as easy to port over to other games, Mutant: Year Zero has some great systems focusing on sandbox style… Continue reading Crumbling UpKeep Presents: Running a sandbox campaign, part 2- Prep is for suckers.

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Crumbling UpKeep Presents: Running a Sandbox Campaign

There are a lot of pros and cons when it comes to running a sandbox campaign. It's main drawing point is complete player freedom. The GM drops the players off in the big wide world and lets then have at it. There is no quest to derail, no story to ruin. If the players want… Continue reading Crumbling UpKeep Presents: Running a Sandbox Campaign

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Crumbling UpKeep Presents: The First Time GM

Sending your PC into hordes of rampaging monsters: easily done without a second thought. Wielding Magic that has the potential to tear worlds apart: Sure, what is the worst that could happen? Stepping behind the screen and GMing a session: Terror has never been so real. It's a scenario I've seen over and over again:… Continue reading Crumbling UpKeep Presents: The First Time GM

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Crumbling UpKeep Presents: Be a Better Player!

Being a better player is about a lot more than figuring out the best build for your character. Everyone loves a good dice roll with lots of damage, but there is so much more to the game. Being a better player isn't something you do just for yourself; it benefits the entire group. The goal… Continue reading Crumbling UpKeep Presents: Be a Better Player!

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Crumbling UpKeep Presents: Starting a new campaign.

This article builds heavily upon the previous one which spoke about what to do before and during session zero. You can find it here. At this point, if you've gone through session zero and its pre-prep, you have a lot of tools in your bag. You know at least a little about your world, the… Continue reading Crumbling UpKeep Presents: Starting a new campaign.