GM Helper

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Helping Game Masters run the best game they can.

I am a gamer geek. I began playing Dungeons and Dragons back in 1976, when I was 12. In all that time, I have learned a thing or two about being a game master. I have run games in basements and attics, conventions and classrooms, libraries and hotel lobbies.

I have been sharing some of my techniques and practices with other game masters on Twitter and at conferences. They often ask me to post my secrets on my blog. So here we are, I’ll be sharing all the information I’ve gained over decades of running role-playing games.

The two games I generally play are Dungeons and Dragon Edition 3.5 (and its twin, Pathfinder), and Traveller, a science-fiction, stellar-empire role-playing game that was big in its time but which hardly anyone ever hears about anymore. Most of my advice is written with those games in mind.

Like all hobbies, there is no such thing as the final word in running a role-playing game. If you have a better way of doing things, or find some flaw in what I do, please feel free to post a comment. I’m also here to answer questions, to the best of my ability.

Government Types for Fantasy and Science Fiction

Big Brother is watching you!

I keep a list of government types, for inspiration in creating settings in the role-playing games I run and the settings for my fiction. It is very useful, especially in the genres of science fiction and fantasy, where exotic locations … Please enjoy the full article