FEATURE: Ready to Role 9

FEATURE: Ready to Role 9

18 Nov, 2016

This week’s roleplaying column offers some advice to both players and DM”s on how to handle internal group conflict.

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FEATURE: Ready To Role 8

25 Oct, 2016

This week’s Ready to Role looks at the phantasmal topic of death and how to handle it in a DMing situation.

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FEATURE: Ready to Role 7

18 Oct, 2016

This week Craig looks at the ways players can help their DMs, and the ways that DMs can enforce etiquette in those times when the players around the table begin to resemble the creatures they are fighting.

FEATURE: Ready To Role 6

FEATURE: Ready To Role 6

11 Oct, 2016

This week, Ready to Role looks at repercussions, those pesky things that stop players running rampant and taking over the gaming world.

FEATURE: Ready To Role 4

FEATURE: Ready To Role 4

4 Oct, 2016

Players: Roleplaying to maximise your fun vs DMs: When not to roleplay I’ve played with a few groups over the years, sometimes just dipping in for one session when I’ve been in the right place at the right time, sometimes with the same group but switching campaigns as our DM had the D&D version of attention deficit disorder (which was actually quite fun). So, I’ve seen a lot of different roleplaying styles. My own is kind of a mid-ground approach. I will do what my character would do, but I don’t enjoy putting on a new voice, for example. That, I save for my NPCs when I DM. Suffice to say I’ve learnt a bit about roleplaying effectively, which isn’t the same as roleplaying well. Players: Roleplaying to maximise your fun What’s your approach? Do you go all-out? Do you sit in your cloak, drinking nothing but water and mead, and eating nothing but bread and apples because that’s what your age-old RPGs have taught you will give you back your HP? (I actually knew a guy who did the bread and apple thing, no word of a lie). Are you Dave Accountant playing Torin the Dwarf Barbarian? Or are you Torin the Dwarf Barbarian who, when he falls asleep, dreams of being something called an accountant? For some folks, the idea of roleplaying a fully immersed character is a piece of cake. I have friends who can be someone else at the drop of a Hat of Disguise (we’re all Larpers, it comes with the territory). However, I’ve come across players who roleplay too well. It’s all well and good making sure your character acts within their alignment, and another entirely to derail every session because your character is an arse and you don’t know when to let it slide. An example: I was watching a D&D game online recently (Critical Role being the cream of the crop, but that’s not the game I’m talking about in this instance) where one of the Players was playing a Half-Orc douchebag. The Player himself seemed like a decent guy, funny and smart. He obviously wanted to play with his group and have a good time....

FEATURE: Ready To Role 5

FEATURE: Ready To Role 5

27 Sep, 2016

This week our role playing column Ready to Role looks like at Equal Rights for those pesky Non Player Characters.

FEATURE: Ready To Role 3

FEATURE: Ready To Role 3

20 Sep, 2016

Welcome to part 3 of our new feature on role playing – ready to role!

FEATURE: Ready To Role 2

FEATURE: Ready To Role 2

2 Sep, 2016

Your Dungeon Master is trying to kill you! vs. Your Players are lemmings! Welcome back to our Dungeons and Dragons column – ‘Ready To Role’, gamers.