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Behind the Screen: See Spot Run

Nothing kills the mood like accidental metagaming. Most GMs are well acquainted with how much metagaming can damage a campaign when players intentionally seek to circumvent the rules because they feel limitations are a total buzzkill, even when they’re applied fairly.  It’s a more subtle problem when your players accidentally metagame because a requirement of the […]

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Eldritch Icons: The Goat in the Queen’s Wood, Pt. 1

We start with the unfortunately-named Shub Niggurath, the Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young, who will continue to be called “The Goat” unless in a textual quote. She, for Lovecraft established her gender in “Out of the Aeons,” was a creation of H.P. Lovecraft (although he calls her a “he” in “Whisperer,” but most stories consider her a she), although she never appeared directly in his stories. Her name is used primarily in incantations by cultists.

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Unreal Worlds: Invasion 1561

We’ve talked about secret history before — the idea that the stuff that really happened never quite made it into the official record. The idea that there’s a “real” story hiding somewhere behind or between the lines of any given history book. But sometimes history is just weird. Despite the dogged certainty of independent researchers […]

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100 Word RPG Hook: Refraction

She twisted her spine to look across her shoulder, grimacing as she looked herself over, multiple reflections echoing the sour expression back at her in the angled mirrors. “These jeans,” she hissed. “Do they…” “They look fine,” he said, not bothering to glance up from his phone. “Better than fine. Gorgeous. You’re amazing.” “You’re not […]

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The Eldritch Icons Series

Eldritch Icons: The Goat in the Queen’s Wood, Pt. 1

We start with the unfortunately-named Shub Niggurath, the Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young, who will continue to be called “The Goat” unless in a textual quote. She, for Lovecraft established her gender in “Out of the Aeons,” was a creation of H.P. Lovecraft (although he calls her a “he” in “Whisperer,” but most stories consider her a she), although she never appeared directly in his stories. Her name is used primarily in incantations by cultists.

dressing room

100 Word RPG Hook: Refraction

She twisted her spine to look across her shoulder, grimacing as she looked herself over, multiple reflections echoing the sour expression back at her in the angled mirrors. “These jeans,” she hissed. “Do they…” “They look fine,” he said, not bothering to glance up from his phone. “Better than fine. Gorgeous. You’re amazing.” “You’re not […]

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Behind the Screen: See Spot Run

Nothing kills the mood like accidental metagaming. Most GMs are well acquainted with how much metagaming can damage a campaign when players intentionally seek to circumvent the rules because they feel limitations are a total buzzkill, even when they’re applied fairly.  It’s a more subtle problem when your players accidentally metagame because a requirement of the […]

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Unreal Worlds: St. George and the Dragon

Rumor has it there’s a new Dungeons and Dragons out there, and we here at the Illuminerdy are justifiably excited. A wise man once said there’s no better (and certainly no more lavishly detailed) campaign setting than the real world, it’s only real disadvantage is a regrettable lack of dragons. But maybe that’s not such […]

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