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GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #7

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #7

This month I want to cover something that comes up often in fantasy campaigns: castles. What exactly are the different parts that we mention in descriptions and what are their purpose? Hopefully this month will help clear up some of those details. Hoarding These are a type of bartizan which can exist temporarily. Built of wood these structures could be taken down in peace time and stored in pre-fabricated pieces. This is a mini-article series featuring short explanations for words…

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For The Love Of XP

For The Love Of XP

Today I wanted to write about something that I have been thinking a great deal about over the past year. In this time I have been introduced to a bunch of new games all with different ways of providing character advancement. From standard D&D level advancement to the somewhat bartering XP of Cypher to gaining XP through failure in Powered by the Apocalypse games, there are so many different methods of advancing characters. Most recently I have begun playing Star…

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GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #6

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #6

This month I want to cover something that comes up often in fantasy campaigns: castles. What exactly are the different parts that we mention in descriptions and what are their purpose? Hopefully this month will help clear up some of those details. Gatehouse This is the small building that may exist alongside, potentially flanking, a gate. This generally houses those defending the gate itself and defense measures and architecture related to sealing and protecting the gate. This is a mini-article…

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GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #5

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #5

This month I want to cover something that comes up often in fantasy campaigns: castles. What exactly are the different parts that we mention in descriptions and what are their purpose? Hopefully this month will help clear up some of those details. Embrasures This is a type of opening in crenelations, merlons, or walls that splay outwardly. This provides an increased view and angle of attack for the defender without increasing the likelihood an attacker may hit you. This is…

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GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #4

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #4

This month I want to cover something that comes up often in fantasy campaigns: castles. What exactly are the different parts that we mention in descriptions and what are their purpose? Hopefully this month will help clear up some of those details. Battlements A wall with a protective parapet that has regular openings through which weapons may be fired. This is a mini-article series featuring short explanations for words more commonly used in RPGs (or potentially so!) than normal conversation….

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GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #3

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #3

This month I want to cover something that comes up often in fantasy campaigns: castles. What exactly are the different parts that we mention in descriptions and what are their purpose? Hopefully this month will help clear up some of those details. Bartizan This is a turret or small tower that overhangs a well. Often these are found on corners, but may be found along a wall as well. These tend to have defense features aside from a protected view….

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Resources For Every GM: Internet Part 10

Resources For Every GM: Internet Part 10

Today I have a special entry into Resources For Every GM! In it I add three more sources for your RPG folder of bookmarks. The internet has no shortage of useful tools and sites, but with so many I thought it would be a good idea to point you towards a few from the Twitter community. While some of you may already visit these sites or know of them from Twitter, other readers may not have a Twitter account or…

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GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #2

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #2

This month I want to cover something that comes up often in fantasy campaigns: castles. What exactly are the different parts that we mention in descriptions and what are their purpose? Hopefully this month will help clear up some of those details. Barbican This is the fortified gateway, outpost, or tower over a gate. These are used as defense for entry into a fort, city, or castle. This is a mini-article series featuring short explanations for words more commonly used…

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GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #1

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #1

This month I want to cover something that comes up often in fantasy campaigns: castles. What exactly are the different parts that we mention in descriptions and what are their purpose? Hopefully this month will help clear up some of those details. Bailey Also known as a ward, the bailey is a courtyard that is enclosed by a curtain wall. Often denoted by direction (east, west), height on a hill (upper/lower), or how enclosed it is (inner/outer). This is a…

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GM Dictionary: The Dead #22

GM Dictionary: The Dead #22

This month we look at the various burial places of the world! What better way to kick off a series during October!? Mourner Often women, mourners are professionals who weep and wail at a funeral in order to encourage others there to do the same. 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…

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