An RPG for a non-gamer

So here’s the challenge I have set myself. I know someone who would like to experience a roleplaying game, but they don’t really like games. Not just RPGs, but most games in general. To be more accurate it’s not that they don’t like them, it’s more that they feel there are other, better, things they…

Competing Playstyles

Here’s a question for you. Just how do you deal with players who want to play differently? The expression always goes that if you’re having fun you’re doing it right, or conversely that is no wrong way to have fun. Those are true, but they don’t consider the fact that no tow players are ever…

Silver Tongued

Let’s talk about languages in RPGs. It’s one mechanic that comes up time and time again in games I play or run, but sometimes it’s one that doesn’t come up at all. I guess the real debate I want to bring in is whether they are important and if it’s worth creating a mechanism to…

Races and Funny Hats

One of the mainstays of roleplaying games has been the use of races to provide options at character creation. While this fits in well with the history of fantasy RPGs and to some extent Sci Fi ones, it may not always be appropriate to the setting. Likewise, there are some arguments to whether players should…

Getting Dicey

What I intend to do in this article is look at the very basics of the different dice systems that are out there, and could be considered when developing your own RPG. This list is by no means exhaustive, and may (okay, definitely will) be biased by my own experience and feelings. I will however…