RPG, Story, Writing

Worldbuilding: Local Customs

Time for another Worldbuiling post!! This time, we'll explore the theme of culture a bit more. We've already explored the things that will impact the evolution of different cultures and the way culture and language are interconnected...now we'll look at different ways you can show customs and practices through the behaviour of your characters! The… Continue reading Worldbuilding: Local Customs

D&D, RPG, Workshops, Writing

Homebrewed: Campaign Prep Guidelines

Being a GM is a big job: you need to be familiar with the rules (or at least know where to find them in the reference books), create engaging challenges for your players to solve, and weave it all together in an interesting story that will capture the imagination. If you're lucky enough to be… Continue reading Homebrewed: Campaign Prep Guidelines

D&D, RPG, Story, Writing

Worldbuilding: Culture and Language

During our last Worldbuilding post, we explored some of the things that impact the development of a community's sense of culture and identity, like geography, how they transfer knowledge, and how they feel about other cultures. Today, let's look at the way different cultural norms and values are reflected in the language-- I don't just… Continue reading Worldbuilding: Culture and Language

D&D, RPG, Workshops, Writing

Off the Tracks: Preserving Player Agency in a Timed Adventure

Ah yes, the One-Shot. The timed adventure that can so easily spiral into a second, third, sometimes even fourth session...or a new campaign all together! Now, my aversion to Railroading in D&D is pretty obvious, but even I must admit that there are times where you do want a bit more structure in your gameplay.… Continue reading Off the Tracks: Preserving Player Agency in a Timed Adventure

D&D, RPG, Story, Workshops, Writing

More than Fantasy: Going Beyond Genres

To introduce this topic, I'd like to first share the overview for Dungeons and Dragons from the Wizards of the Coast website: "The first Dungeons & Dragons game was played back when Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson chose to personalize the massive battles of their fantasy wargames with the exploits of individual heroes. This inspiration became the… Continue reading More than Fantasy: Going Beyond Genres

D&D, RPG, Treasures

Foot of the Mountain Hits 1000!

Hey Scribblers! Have you met my good friend Foot yet? No?!? Then you need to check out his stuff right now! He creates fantastic RPG maps, magic items (his latest enchanted creation is something called a Bloodhound Ring, which I plan on introducing to the Heroes of Iyastera campaigns), NPCs, and more! To celebrate his first 1000… Continue reading Foot of the Mountain Hits 1000!

D&D, RPG, Story, Writing

Welcome to Iyastera

Welcome to Iyastera.  These lands were once lush and prosperous, inundated with a natural magic that graced fields, forests, and seas with an abundance that sustained its people for generations. As civilizations and kingdoms grew, treaties and political alliances became strained, eventually reaching a boiling point and erupting into a war now known as The Severing. Centuries have… Continue reading Welcome to Iyastera