Castles in the Sky Part I: History, Mechanics and Trade

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Flying Castles wreaked slow motion havoc upon the flying castle-less neighbors. A period of open warfare and conquest followed where those without Flying Castles fell to those who did. It was an age of darkness and death from above.

The Index Card Method Codex, Part 1

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I’ve been using index cards as a GMing tool a lot this last year. In July, I posted about using them to create adventures in your downtime. I’ve since found new uses for them and brought everything together in this post.

Murder Hobos of the World, Arise!

Indentured Adventuritude

The secret no bard uttered and no poet told, was this: these warlords and heroes also wanted to settle down, find peace, and scratch their own subsistence existence from the soil with pointy sticks. What good is the story of Harold the Great who defeated the Dwarves at Holden Pass when Harold brutalized his way through the pass just to get the quality soil beyond?

Zen and the Art of Dungeon Mastering #7: Asking Loaded Questions

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As I mused on the session during the ensuing weekend, I realized that I might have rediscovered some of the best dirty GMing tricks I’d read in small-press RPGs like Dread. Asking loaded question can indeed steer a player’s action.

Bards, Lies, and Magic Items: The Mass-Producing Artificer Con

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The Artificer stood before the Duke. She said she possessed a marvelous power. The Artificer knew the secret of crafting magic items in bulk. Instead of a single sword, the Artificer produced hundreds. No, thousands. In a short time.

Ars Gratia Pecuniae: Art, Magic, Murder Hobos, and Cash

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The Guild of Artificers took their tale of the dungeon, the beholder, the three tragically dead heroes, and the wand’s creator and packaged into a story. A week later, they sold it to a most discerning collector for 40K gold.

The Incense War: a Story of Price Discovery, Mayhem, and Lust

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Neither dragon nor God stood down. Now it was about principle. The war was on for incense.

And We Went East

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Let’s follow the money, the Halfling Thief said. Let’s follow the peppercorns. And we went east.

Murder Hobo Insurance and the Guild of Abjuration

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It was a great business idea. It would all work. Murder Hobo insurance was born.

And Now, a Commercial Break from Big Fantasy God,Inc.

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The fire started with the tiniest of sparks. One small, nearly forgotten Sheep Goddess needed more worshippers or else she faced the worst in God-based bankruptcy: fading away into irrelevance. Other Gods she knew had faded and died. She was not letting it happen to her, sheep or no sheep.