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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. 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. 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?

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. The Purpose of GM Authority
Why does the GM even need authority over the players? Can't the party just do whatever they want anyway? There's a balance which varies among parties and GMs across the board. Here are four reasons GMs need some control to help the game flow. Each is backed with responsibility to the group.

8. Reintroducing Creativity Into Your Prep
Dragons don't all look alike. If they do, or worse yet, if they all look like a string of numbers and a grid outline – you might be suffering from rule-overload. The remedy is not halfway across the world or at the end of an epic quest, however. It's here at the click of a button.

9. Game Masters Sharing Their Knowledge
Entertainment is something RPGs have covered. We love to squash dragons like bugs and take the baron up on his reward offer. There's a lot we can learn during, too, mostly depending on what the GM puts in the game. Not the shift the night watch takes – actual knowledge in RPG form. Come read!

10. 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.



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