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Alignment In Worldbuilding

What if the chaotic actions of the hero cause harm despite their good intentions? Consequences are part of the worldbuilding and within the Dungeon Master (DM)’s control as a result the DM should have a sense of how to handle them. The Big 9 The following is a basic layout for what alignments are skip…

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Alignment In Worldbuilding

Madness and Sadness in Adventure Time

The contrast and nonsensical nature of this world doesn’t take away from the depth of the story, it adds to it.

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Madness and Sadness in Adventure Time

CyberPunk: Money Can Buy You Love

The Beatles famously wrote ‘I don’t care too much for money, cause money can’t buy me love’. But what if it could? What if technology could synthesize that feeling? Cypher acknowledges this in the Matrix. As I look back on that original movie I find myself sympathizing with him more and more. You wake up…

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CyberPunk: Money Can Buy You Love

Punk Never Dies: An Introduction to the Meta Genre

We’ve all heard about the genres of cyberpunk and steampunk at some point before. Some of you may also be fans of solarpunk and teslapunk, but did you know there are also the likes of dieselpunk, biopunk, and stonepunk? What’s with all of these “punks?!” Well, in this series we are going to take a…

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Punk Never Dies: An Introduction to the Meta Genre

Factions

It’s been a big problem. Every single time Syndicate have organized a new job, they’ve had a run in with the Sleepers. Don’t let the name fool you, these guys aren’t sleeping on anybody. The Sleepers are a well established gang looking to assert control over the night city district, and in their eyes, the…

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Factions

The Forgotten Builds: Salt Marsh

   One of Wizards of the Coast’s “legacy” supplements, the book Ghosts of Saltmarsh is a setting guide and compendium of several classic adventures, guiding players into a campaign of sea-faring, mystery, and sometimes even horror. But what’s to know about this sea-shanty town? What sort of theming should you be going for with this adventure?…

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The Forgotten Builds: Salt Marsh

Revan and Mandalore

You’ll have to bear with me, I’m a little obsessed. You see, I played KOTOR (Knights of the Old Republic) at a young and impressionable age and it messed me up good and proper. I never really recovered. Though I loved the movies, it was this game and that novel that served as the true…

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Revan and Mandalore

Complexity Where It Counts

Atoms Knocking on Atoms I think worldbuilders are a strange bunch. We mostly grew up worshiping detail and intricacy because we’re the type of people that like to dive deep into detail. I knew this when my wife asked me what Tusken Raiders looked like under their desert regalia and I started talking about the…

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Complexity Where It Counts

Brandon Sanderson’s 0th Law

I’m late to the party. Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series has been around for a while but I just cracked open the first book. Why did I wait so long? The truth is I’ve always been late to the party, it’s like a personal preference or inbuilt mandate in my system. I just don’t do new…

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Brandon Sanderson’s 0th Law

Painting Your World with Cannon Fodder

This blog was written by the talented Marcos. As a long time contributor to the podcast you’ve definitely heard his voice or at least felt his presence via his mad editing skills. This blog represents some more scattered thoughts he’s had about violence, murder and mooks (cannon fodder) in fictional worlds. It’s a great reflection…

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Painting Your World with Cannon Fodder