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Here are the top ten articles for the Role Playing Games Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!

1. Solo Adventuring In RPG Campaigns
What's it like gaming with a small group? More precisely, what's it like gaming with one player and one DM? I've had the chance to play and run this type of game many times and I can tell you, it's got ups and downs. Precisely which ups and downs are what this article describes.

2. Populating Your World With Somebodies
Portraying the rest of the world surrounding the party can seem quite the daunting task. You don't want it to seem dull yet you might not know who the characters will interact with. Instead of crafting each person or assuming people insignificant to the adventure are the same, make “types.”

3. Dungeon Maps Made Simple
Your players are traveling overland and they've run across some underground ruins. Those ruins are going to need a map! Here's what you should consider when making those maps, a game which makes fantasy cartography fun, and a link to an online resource for quick generic maps.

4. Stronghold Builder's Guidebook Review
Perusing the shelves for Dungeons and Dragons Third Edition books? If you've come across the Stronghold Builder's Guidebook, I've got some advice before you buy it. Especially if your group isn't hardcore into that system.

5. Secret Organizations and Potential Masterminds
Threading any given object or NPC into a campaign means that it can be destroyed by the party. Never introduce anything in the hopes that it won't be trampled underfoot – no matter how unlikely that is. How then does one create a secret organization within the world the PCs occupy?

6. Simple Riddle Composition for DMs
Have you designed the perfect dungeon but lack a puzzling riddle? Do your players love intellectual challenges but you can't just put in a riddle you find on the internet? This guide will show you a quick and simple way of making your own riddles to perplex your players!

7. DaVinci Code Style Puzzles in D&D
Learn how to use exciting puzzle encounters to make your players chomp at the bit for the next clue.

8. Villains We Love to Hate
Back-alley grunts stealing purses and lives; crazed scientists engineering their own mockery of life; alleged allies who manipulate those who trust them; people who have given up on life and want everything in the world to end: Four villain archetypes you could be using in your campaign!

9. Noncash Treasures for Player Characters
Riches don't consist strictly of coins. Don't gloss over all wealth as money – instead, view it as a way to enrich the verisimilitude of your campaign world. Add some complexity to those hoards! People can be rewarded with items, service or land just the same.

10. Focused Prep is Practical Prep
While brainstorming is great for jumpstarting your imagination, creative meandering can detract greatly from your session preparation time. Creativity shouldn't be kept to a strict schedule, either. Here's how to make sure you have what you need prepared with limited segues.



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