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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. 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.

2. 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.

3. Shadows RPG Review
A review of Shadows, a free role playing game that's great for use with kids.

4. 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.”

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. 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.

7. The 3.x Open Game License
Do you need a new system for your group? Have you encountered the "Open Game License" from Wizards of the Coast? This one's free and has a whole lot of "Open Game Content." Here's an introduction to how the license works and a simplified explanation of product identity.

8. Rules Light Role Playing Games
A description of what it means to be a rules light role playing game, and the ones I love the best.

9. 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.

10. Coping With Dungeon Master Burnout
Surely every DM has felt game-haltingly bored at some time or other. When this happens it is like a big warning sign to your group saying "this is a chore." How do you manage it? Will it always be like this? Here's some advice on how to bring fun back to your games.



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