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GM’s Tip of the Week

How have I not talked about running combat yet?!
PSA for those of you interested; the Pathfinder 2 Playtest is officially available, and can be downloaded from Paizo.com for those interested. Interested parties looking either for a group or for a GM should either check in at Rondak’s Portal forums, or at Rondak’s Satellite; our Discord server.
Okay. Combat. Read on past the cut, folks!

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GM’s Tip of the Week

Character creation is one of the fun things about being a player; you get to imagine being somebody else for a while; think up a whole personality, history and extended family. Some players don’t go quite that far, but I know a number of them that do, and really enjoy the process.
For a GM, who is running a whole menagerie of characters, many of whom are as far from human as one can easily get, it can be a serious project just to create a small town. And then you have encounters, and … whoo. Notebooks, just full of NPCS!

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GM’s Tip of the Week

I seem to be doing a lot of callbacks to old posts lately, but new information does come up, and I’m always willing to re-examine old data, in the light of new discoveries, to see if a thing still works, or needs to be turned over and rebuilt.

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GM’s Tip of the Week

We got to talking a bit about CR – that’s Challenge Rating – a bit in Discord the other day; Demagor, Andi and I. CR is not really a useful measure of how dangerous a given opponent might be, though. The example creature in this case is an imp; a minor devil. On the face of them, Imps are tiny nuisances, barely a threat to a party. They don’t do very much damage, and unless you get a swarm of them, they’re not much of a threat.
Or.. are they?

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GM’s Tip of the Week

Hello, fellow Portalites!
So, last week I talked a little bit about including the full spectrum of sexuality and gender representation, writing people, writing real people. This week I’m going to talk about the subject that frequently reduces every one of us to giggling teenagers… which is fine, I’d rather touch the subject with humour than with judgment and unpleasantness.

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GM’s Tip of the Week

This is not intended as a political post, despite being a possible trigger; just bear that in mind while discussing it on the Portal. I was at a bit of a loss what to talk about, but.. it is Pride month. I have friends who are celebrating, there are rainbows all over the place, and I’m right there with them and I suspect there are GMs and players who are trying to figure out how to – if you will pardon the expression – be more inclusive.

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GM’s Tip of the Week

This week’s tip might be focused on Players, but it’s good for us GMs to remember too! Demagor is our guest blogger this week, remember to thank him for taking the time to write it.

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Kickstarters of Note

Hello, fellow Portalites!
I’ve found a few Kickstarters for you, and probably missed a few more, but there are a lot of miniatures, a set of busts, some gaming tools and even some stray dice to tempt you with. I suspect the gaming tools will be most useful, but these others are also interesting, and I figured I’d share.

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GM’s Tip of the Week

 Just going to remind all those GMs on the Portal that advertising a game on the Oracle is as easy as sending me a message – here, on Discord, forum post or Portal cit message – and asking me to put up an ad. If you have something specific you want me to post, just let me know what it is, and I’ll be happy to post it for you!
In that note, YuritheWarlock is still looking for players for their 5e game; I understand they have a couple of accepted characters, and a few offers in the wings.

GM’s Tip of the Week

I’ve talked a little about general game creation before, back here  but I’m going to go into a little more detail in this post. All of this is in Portal Help, it’s in the Toaster Guides, but more coverage isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

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