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How to Set Up an Assassination Attempt without Upsetting Your Players (Part 3 of 3)

So, you’ve read the first two parts of this series (Part One and Part Two), and now you’re ready for more. In this final installment, we take a look at scene, action, and the attack. Describe the Scene You have no need for initiative or battlemats yet. Give a brief overview of the encounter location …

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How to Set Up an Assassination Attempt without Upsetting Your Players (Part 2 of 3)

There is a game master rule of thumb: who, where, how, and why, but never when. In most cases, you can plan an encounter with all elements fixed in place except the time it triggers. Therefore, you can plan for NPCs to be at a certain place for a certain reason doing a certain thing, …

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How to Set Up an Assassination Attempt without Upsetting Your Players (Part 1 of 3)

When the time gets close, you start to get excited. Will you pull this encounter off successfully? Will your players be surprised, amazed, and excited? You want everything to work out perfectly. That is when you fall into the deadly GM trap of leading the play. Allow Players to Direct Character Actions It starts with …

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REVIEW: Dragora’s Dungeon

Warning: This review contains spoilers. Book info: Soft cover, 48 pages Publisher: Goodman Games Author: Harley Stroh with Aeryn Rudel Gameplay: D&D 4E, 5 PCs of 1st level Crunch: new evil race, three new monsters, three new magic items Dragora’s Dungeon is a four part, high fantasy adventure full of strange wonders, difficult foes, and …

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