• A blogger’s dozen (Part V): 13 ideas for RPG articles

    Hi, RPG fans who write stuff for fun! Do you like to create gaming content for your blog, favorite forum, or RPG magazine (even if no longer Pyramid *sniff*)?  Sure! That describes a lot of you!  But do you sometimes run short of ideas for stuff to write about? Nope! That describes none of you! Well. Although RPG bloggers/writers never have an empty list of writing topics, I earlier tossed up a handful of posts on ideas for RPG articles: suggestions for GM resources, player advice, or any other fun topics that I myself have written a bit about, or that I’d like to tackle if I had the time,…

  • A blogger’s dozen (Part IV): 13 ideas for RPG articles

    Yikes, I forgot I have a big list of this stuff remaining in my scrap pile. Here’s installment no. 4 in a series no one asked for: ideas for gaming bloggers/authors facing a dry idea well. (As if such gaming bloggers exist…) 40. Mundane stuff with non-mundane stories Create a weapon, crown, or other mundane item, and imbue it with a back story. (A complex back story with specific persons, locations, etc. is fine if aimed at an existing game world; otherwise, more vague “fill in the blanks” description may provide a better fit for readers’ game worlds.)  Example (with appropriately malleable place names): The Sword of the Alliance was…

  • A blogger’s dozen (Part III): 13 ideas for RPG articles

    Installment no. 3 from a sweeping-out of an attic full of junk – specifically, ideas of the “Hey, this would make for a good blog post or magazine article” persuasion. For your consideration, the latest batch of 13: 27. “I’ll show them all! With this Helmet of Funny Helium Voices…” Write up the sort of ridiculous cursed item so beloved of dungeon fantasy games – together with an explanation of why a wizard put so much effort and money into creating it. The curse could of course be unintentional, the result of a botched enchantment. Even then, a write-up of who the enchanter was, and what she was attempting to…

  • A blogger’s dozen (Part II): 13 ideas for RPG articles

    Hi again! Following up from Part I, here’s another ladling of goo from my big, mouldering pot of ideas for gaming-related articles. I go heavy on the Fantasy-oriented ideas this time; sorry, it’s the mindset my latest game play has left me in. Most can be easily sliced and diced into fare for Sci-Fi and other backgrounds. Diving in: 14. Stings ‘n’ Things GURPS Dungeon Fantasy 2 offers fun general rules for harvesting valuable parts from defeated dungeon monsters. Take the idea and go a step further: write up specific salvageable bits, with prices, for common game monsters. Examples: What’s the value of extracted Frost Snake venom, a Giant Rat pelt,…

  • A blogger’s dozen (Part I): 13 ideas for RPG articles

    Gamer people! Are you looking to exercise your Writing skill with an article for a gaming blog or magazine, but find yourself trapped in the multi-turn Long Action of staring at a blank screen? Hey, I’ve been there… I’ve let pile up a gigantimungous list of ideas for gaming-related articles. In the interest of unburdening my dust-collecting trove (how did I actually get dust inside of Evernote?), here’s an initial baker’s dozen* unleavened dough lumps for the consideration of writers. (Right, as if not enough ideas is the problem that gaming bloggers have. Well, just humor me, okay?) * A “baker’s dozen” is a name for 13 of some thing,…