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Ed The Bard Turns 1!

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Do you know what today is, dear reader?

It's January 24th! And while that may seem like a random and arbitrary date, I can assure you that it is never the less momentous.

You see, it was one year ago today, in the heady game-inspired haze I swam in in the days following my home convention, SnowCon, that I put fingers to keys and made good on a promise I had made myself years ago...

...To start a blog that offered advice and inspiration to aspiring game masters and players.

That's right! Ed The Bard is now officially a whole-year-old!

And what a year it has been! So much has happened that it is almost impossible to summarize it all. But you know what? Summarizing impossible things is what I do. So let's take a self-aggrandizing look at the past year, and how it has shaped the Bard as you know him (me) today.


It began simply enough, with a basic laying-out of my gaming credentials. That being accomplished, I set forth on a tirade of advice, breakdowns, reviews, and musings.…

Bardic Inspiration: Random Roll Settlements For The Lazy GM

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Greetings and salutations, my most magnificent meeples. It is I, Ed The Bard, bring to you the first offering of 2017! 
But what could it be? A long essay on the philosophy and pseudo-science of Game Mastering? A primer on the key elements of perfect character creation? A new entry for Campaign Creation, Racial Bias, or Class Acts
Nope! RandomTables!
... I might have a problem.
You know me. I love me some random encounters. I love easy to roll tables. In a weird, strange sort of way, they can be very Zen-like. Also, if you decided to do something silly, like put off game prep for a week, a random table can save your ass.
Case in point, look at me! I should have been a little more attentive in my Game Mastery duties, but with the recent Con schedule and publication work, I've scarcely had time for luxurious things, like sleep. Still, as a Game Master, I have made a solemn vow to provide my players with an evening of entertainment and potential character death.
So, random tables.

The Complete "Session Prep"

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The Complete "#RPGaDay 2016"

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The Complete "Making Monsters Matter"

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The Complete "The Bardic Review"

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The Complete "Musings Of The Bard"

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The Complete "Campaign Creation"

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The Complete "Let's Build A Campaign Setting"

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The Complete "So You Want To Be A GM?"

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The Complete "Bardic Inspiration"

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The Complete "Steal This!"

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The Complete "Player Advice"

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The Complete "GM Advice"

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The Complete "Racial Bias"

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The Complete "Class Acts"

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