An adventure hook and an origin story

An adventure hook and an origin story






Hey team, Notebook GM here with a sneak peek at the hook for a long module that I’m hoping to release later this year. It also serves as kind of the origin story for Murrad itself. Hope you enjoy it, let me know what you think in the comments or on twitter @TheNotebookGM – – – – – – – – – – The bard leaned forward onto the back of the chair and the old wood creaked slightly. The…

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A pick-up RPG for a rainy day.

A pick-up RPG for a rainy day.






Hey Nerds- I know that updates have been spotty recently; the holidays always complicate things and I’ve been developing some other stuff for your entertainment pleasures that hopefully will be coming down the pipeline in the near future. For now, we will be returning to our regular twice a week posts, with Murrad on Mondays and other gaming fun on Thursdays. We may go down to one post a week in the future, depending on how much writing I am…

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Hey all- Notebook GM here. This week we will be covering our first magic item in Murrad. The gods can grant magic to their followers in return for fealty, worship, or favors; however the lore of wizards and the creation of magic items has long been lost to the world. As we saw earlier whilst discussing the political structure of Old Erevor this has lent magic artifacts a special place in the various cultures around the world. To the Gray…

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Fresh Homebrew I (Unearthed Arcana Circle of the Shephard fix)

Fresh Homebrew I (Unearthed Arcana Circle of the Shephard fix)






Hey all- Notebook GM here. So this week the talented Jacqueline (contributor to this very site) joined us at the Murrad Test Table – A.K.A. The Tuesday Game. She wanted to be a caster, and had settled on Druid. When I broke down the possible circles for her she loved the idea of the spirit animals in the Circle of the Shephard from Unearthed Arcana (Google it, I don’t know how to hyperlink yet) but when I looked it over…

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A Trip to Broadleef

A Trip to Broadleef






The following is an excerpt from the travel diaries of one BoMork Rinelle, a renowned dwarven hunter and writer who was pinned as a Voice of the Northern Trunks (an ambassadorial title bestowed by the “government” of the great Townships of the Northern Trunks) On Broadleef: The city herself is beautiful sight, ‘specially after a coupl’a tenday in the mud, naught but trunks for miles. City’s got walls on three sides, a lake on the last. The Marchion and Viscouncil…

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Worldbuildering: Click Here To Receive The Best Terrible Advice You’ve Ever Gotten About Worldbuilding

Worldbuildering: Click Here To Receive The Best Terrible Advice You’ve Ever Gotten About Worldbuilding






The following, by all conventional world-building wisdom, is terrible advice. Especially for GMs- this is really quite awful, terrible advice. That’s how we do it here at The Notebook GM, our first “advice for GMs and Worldbuilders” segment we are starting right off with this terrible advice. But you’re probably going to follow it anyway, because it is really genius great advice. Start with your world map. I know. “But Notebook,” you’ll say, “doesn’t everyone on the planet with half…

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Slice of Murrad: “Conversations with Cloudherders”

Slice of Murrad: “Conversations with Cloudherders”






For this week’s Slice of Murrad we have our first short piece by Jacqueline, she has taken control of building culture of the fey, mystical elves of Southern Renser, where the influence of the Nueran Magocracy was strongest after the Fall. –     –     –     –     –     –     –     –     –     –     –     – “Conversations with Cloudherders,” is part…

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Duardh and Xirr Scene 1- Testing… Testing…

Duardh and Xirr Scene 1- Testing… Testing…






The woven basket touched down lightly onto the ground. Duardh felt the tension start to drain out of his toes and onto the grass. He never imagined that his invention would work so well as it did but, after two days of experimentation, he was confident that he had proven his theory correct- heating air made it somehow “lighter” than other air and that difference could be harnessed in order to provide lift. Granted, he thought, sustaining this effect would…

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A Slice of Murrad: Treatise on the Governments of the Grey Elves of Renser

A Slice of Murrad: Treatise on the Governments of the Grey Elves of Renser






An excerpt from Communities Governments: A Primer on the Many Ways Sentient Races Organize Themselves by famed historian, Arkko Vrunn, High Tomekeeper of Biirocrittis- Orcan God of Ministry and Government   On The Class Structure of Old Erevor The feudal system of Old Erevor is still practiced in several of the Marches, most prevalently in the northern Marches where the incursion of Neuran technocratic magocracy has had less influence. In several of the southern Marches (especially the heavily Nueran-influenced Inlet-sim-Cthal,…

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Greetings and Salutations

Greetings and Salutations






Greetings electronic people. My name is Nicholas, and I am The Notebook GM. Some of you might already know me from my work on Nat One Productions (both as a player and GM), as @NatOneNicholas on twitter, or because we’re friends in real life and I’ve hectored you enough that here you are. No matter your provenance, I welcome you. The Notebook GM title stems from my obsession with notebooks and my complete ineptitude with technology. I’ve always preferred to…

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