Sometimes you want your players to have a little something that has no declared mechanical effect, but could be introduced and defined as the story develops. This was created with Lamentations of the Flame Princess in mind, but will be fine in any fantasy RPG.
||Small Bag of Bones
||Pouch of Grey Powder
||Vial of Yellow Liquid
||Small Animal’s Foot
||Two Metal Cubes that Attract Each Other
||Two Smooth Stones
||Book Written in an Unknown Language
||Small Crystal Ball
Do you use any trinkets? Or do you give your characters anything beyond the books?
I’ve shared some advice for game masters to take some of the crunch out of our game; this makes everyone’s life a little easier. Now let’s look at things players can do to make life easier for the game master and make your game better.
This might sound weird, but don’t just roll; you break the flow of the game. It should go, GM describes the situation, players describe their actions and if rolls are necessary then the GM will call for a roll. Following this guide you don’t have situations like:
GM: You enter a 20 x 20 room, it is completely empty.
Player: *rolls a 20* I am doing perception to see what’s in the room.
GM: The room is completely empty, walls, floor, ceiling and you.
Player: But, but I rolled a 20.
All this leaves us with is a frustrated GM, frustrated player and a wasted crit.
Weapons of Myth is going to be a series of posts on various weapons from myth and legend. We’ll discuss their origins, where they have appeared in popular culture and end with stated item for our game.
Our first few will be weapons from Irish Mythology, being Irish I wanted an excuse to look into these weapons more. So today Fragarach, or commonly known as ‘The Answerer’; which is connected to one of its abilities. It was said that if Fragarach was held to your throat you could not lie (I feel this would be true of most blades, but that’s just me). The weapon was crafted by the gods and wielded by Manannan Mac Lir the sea god (Mac Lir meaning “son of the sea”). Fragarach tended to move around and at one time found its way into the hands of Cúchulainn, Ireland’s answer to hercules.
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Arthur C. Clarke
This quote carries a lot of weight as we discuss Super-Science and Sorcery, I don’t think we would need to go back very far into our past with a smart phone before we’d be getting burned at a stake for turning on the torch; let alone playing music. Maybe there isn’t a difference between the two and our understanding of which side of the coin an event falls is decided by our advancement. I know, I know, I’ve kinda stretched that quote into a paragraph, but I wanted its point to be clear.