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Introducing Players to Roleplaying Games: Creative Character Creation

The only limitation to character creation should really be whether the character concept fits into the setting and genre of the game world. “What character are you going to create for our grim medieval world?” “My character is a plucky green alien monkey who uses their bounty hunter training to help the poor.” “Umm…” So …

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Introducing Players to Roleplaying Games: Teaching Combat

People learn in several different ways. Some learn by reading or being told all the details at once. Others learn better by example. In any case, you can make the rules easier to learn by making the rules memorable. The best way to do this is to remember that combat is a part of roleplaying. …

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Introducing Players to Roleplaying Games: Using the Three Pillars

It is important to understand that rulebooks serve two basic purposes. They teach the rules to players new to the game, but they also serve as a reference tool for GMs and players during a game session. Most rulebooks are arranged in a way that supports players during gaming sessions, so explaining the rules from …

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Introducing Players to Roleplaying Games: First Session

The first thing that players need to understand before they play is the idea of playing their part. Before you even begin to explain the rules of the game, they need to understand this. This is what defines roleplaying games as distinct from board games and video games. In a board game, you play as …

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