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Sharp Swords & Sinister Spells 2nd Edition - Factions in Action

Due to their importance and influence on the sword and sorcery adventures, Factions can effectively be treated as characters and, as such, can influence the events of the campaign in a myriad of ways. But how do we resolve the outcome of their actions in a fair and neutral way?
This system proposes assigning them scores in 4 main Attributes similar to those of the PCs: Warfare, Subterfuge, Machinations, and Influence. These scores will normally vary from 0 (meaning complete inaptitude in that particular area) to 5 (meaning a very strong focus on that particular area).

WarfareThis faction Attribute will determine how well a faction perform in battles, such as wars or even small skirmishes in the narrow alleys of a corrupt City-State.

SubterfugeThis governs how competent a faction is in more underground activities such as thievery, smuggling, assassinations and other actions normally related to criminals and other underbelly actors.

MachinationsThis Attribute determines how skillful a facti…

If you want to write RPG material, just do it! Don’t wait for inspiration!

Some months ago I wrote a post about 10 Quick Unpretentious Tips for Writing RPG Material and promised to elaborate more on each tip. Well, I started doing that, so here it goes!

1. If you want to write RPG material, just do it! Don’t wait for inspiration!
Inspiration is fleeting. It comes and goes. You can, and should, write down every idea inspiration brings you, but that won’t be enough.

Set Goals
The most important thing is to sit down and write. Write everyday. Put goals for your writing. Star small. 200 words per day. 300 words. 500. A thousand! And keep at it. Make it a routine. A game. Everyday you clear your goal, mark an X on your calendar.
Physical Imagination
Writing, putting ideas on paper, will kickstart your imagination to have new ideas. The first words you write don't need to be great. They probably won’t be. That’s fine. Nobody’s first work is a best seller. As you write, as you put your writing muscles to use, they will kickstart your imagination. Maybe you will have …

Lost in the Fantasy World is on Kickstarter Now!

My latest game, Lost in the Fantasy World (LitFW), is on Kickstarter right now! Go check it out and help us make the best out of it!
This is a Visitation Fantasy Minimalist RPG with a Narrative Bent. What does that mean?

First, Visitation Fantasy is that kind of fiction which puts real people, from our world, into fantasy settings. In LitFW, you play as kids and teens who were transported to a fantasy world and now are trying to get back home with the help of the Mentor (the GM in this game that also assumes a role in the campaign) and magical artifacts given to them. It’s obviously influenced by the classic D&D cartoon, Chronicles of Narnia and Neverending Story.

It’s also a game about friendship, finding your true home and the meaning of being a hero. The characters will have to form bonds and help each other to be able to overcome their challenges. They will also try to get back home and maybe find their true place might be elsewhere and make sacrifices to become a true hero.

Being…