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GM Dictionary: The Dead #11

GM Dictionary: The Dead #11

This month we look at the various burial places of the world! What better way to kick off a series during October!? Lychgate In communities that had nowhere to store the dead before a funeral, cemeteries would have a lychgate which was a roofed gateway where the body was kept. This would be attended against body snatchers, but the roof would help keep weather from the body until services. This is a mini-article series featuring short explanations for words more…

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GM Dictionary: The Dead #10

GM Dictionary: The Dead #10

Corpse Road These are unique pathways that are used to travel from remote communities to churches, religious sites, and burial grounds. These were used to maintain a connection between outland communities and the base of power which had the only churches with burial rites. This is a mini-article series featuring short explanations for words more commonly used in RPGs (or potentially so!) than normal conversation. Each month will hold a different theme and each weekday will have a different word. Note:…

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Review: 1879 Player’s Handbook

Review: 1879 Player’s Handbook

Today I have another review for you! This time it is the Player’s Handbook from the 1879 RPG by FASA Games. They were kind enough to let me check out the PDF version and I was pretty impressed. Hopefully the Untamed Dice crew ill get a chance to run a one shot of this soon. In the mean time, here is my review! Story The story behind FASA’s 1879 is, in my opinion, freaking awesome. The 1879 RPG is similar…

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GM Dictionary: The Dead #9

GM Dictionary: The Dead #9

Grave Candle Other names for this include lantern instead of candle and the word death may replace grave in some cases. Regardless, this is a special symbol in memoriam commemorating the dead during special events. This is a mini-article series featuring short explanations for words more commonly used in RPGs (or potentially so!) than normal conversation. Each month will hold a different theme and each weekday will have a different word. Note: these are personal, simple breakdowns and not perfect. Please…

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GM Dictionary: The Dead #8

GM Dictionary: The Dead #8

Grave This is the most basic of burials being, simply, the spot where a body is buried. Methods, burial objects, and memorials all are indicators of the society and traditions therein. This is a mini-article series featuring short explanations for words more commonly used in RPGs (or potentially so!) than normal conversation. Each month will hold a different theme and each weekday will have a different word. Note: these are personal, simple breakdowns and not perfect. Please tell me if I…

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Libris Monstrum #15: Rakshasa Revisited

Libris Monstrum #15: Rakshasa Revisited

Tonight we go back to the rakshasa! Last time we talked about the origins of the rakshasa and what makes them recognizable at the D&D table. Today we take a stronger look at their various forms over the years, and explore the real world version of the deity they are said to worship. Finally we take a quick look at another version from television wish provides a little twist on the monster and an idea for what weapon can really…

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GM Dictionary: The Dead #7

GM Dictionary: The Dead #7

Columbarium Bodies are not the only thing included in burial sites. For those who are cremated, their ashes are interred within a columbarium whose urns and storage vary. They may exist as walls, buildings, or underground spaces. This is a mini-article series featuring short explanations for words more commonly used in RPGs (or potentially so!) than normal conversation. Each month will hold a different theme and each weekday will have a different word. Note: these are personal, simple breakdowns and not…

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GM Dictionary: The Dead #6

GM Dictionary: The Dead #6

  Mausoleum These are external, free standing buildings that have the dead interred within. This may be a single person or many people. This is a mini-article series featuring short explanations for words more commonly used in RPGs (or potentially so!) than normal conversation. Each month will hold a different theme and each weekday will have a different word. Note: these are personal, simple breakdowns and not perfect. Please tell me if I am mistaken and I will work to correct…

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GM Dictionary: The Dead #5

GM Dictionary: The Dead #5

Welcome to the Game Master’s Dictionary. This is a mini-article series featuring short explanations for words more commonly used in RPGs than normal conversation. Each month will hold a different theme and each weekday will have a different word. Note: these are personal, simple breakdowns and not perfect. Please tell me if I am mistaken and I will work to correct it! For anyone looking for a collected work please check out our Patreon. All patrons get a PDF collected…

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Resources For Every GM: Alternate Games Part 4

Resources For Every GM: Alternate Games Part 4

I talk a lot about Dungeons & Dragons on here. That’s the place my brain lives when it comes to RPGs, despite how often I venture away from it. No matter what, the root of my thinking lies in that realm. The result is I don’t talk about other games I love quite as much. Unless you count the reviews I do, but those tend to be more small publisher stuff. If not less well known, less talked about. So…

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