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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. 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.

3. 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.”

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. Tips for Call of Cthulhu Campaigns
Call of Cthulhu lends itself more to horrific one-shots, yet a campaign can be fun, too. Here are some tips on running a great campaign.

6. Role-Playing Game Social Contracts
You may have heard of social contracts before: common understandings among a group of people, either explicit or implied. Oftentimes they're both. Role-playing games utilize this concept very often. Understanding what it has to do with your game and your group is important.

7. 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?

8. 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.

9. Alternatives to Removing Absent PCs
Three of four players are in their seats, ready to roll dice. The GM reports to the rest of the table that the fourth isn't going to show. What do you do? Here's four more options than canceling the game or just calling their character a late sleeper and damaging your campaign's cohesion.

10. 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.



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