Neal Litherland

Neal Litherland

Neal Litherland is an author, freelance blogger, and RPG designer. A regular on the Chicago convention circuit, he works in a variety of genres.

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  • Neal Litherland
    Published about a year ago
    10 Backgrounds for Your Spellcasters

    10 Backgrounds for Your Spellcasters

    Magic is one of the most potent tools in a fantasy setting, and it comes in many forms. A gift from the gods, a product of long study, an accident of birth, unlocking the mystical potential of music, or a bargain with an eldritch being are all viable paths to power. The thing many of us forget, though, is that these magic users come from even more diverse backgrounds, and they use their spells in a variety of different ways.
  • Neal Litherland
    Published about a year ago
    5 Tips for Playing Better Noble Characters

    5 Tips for Playing Better Noble Characters

    Fantasy stories are replete with tales of noble adventurers. From princes like Charming and Valiant, to knights in shining (or dented and hard-used) armor, to sorcerer queens and pirate lords, it seems like you can't go more than a few chapters before finding someone with a title and a piece of land to call their own.
  • Neal Litherland
    Published about a year ago
    10 Backgrounds for Your Scoundrels

    10 Backgrounds for Your Scoundrels

    Every party has at least one member who doesn't play by the expected rules. Someone who's got an angle, who has contacts, or who knows just how to lean on somebody. They go by a lot of different names, too. The schemer. The blackguard. The thug. But one of the most applicable titles for them is the scoundrel.
  • Neal Litherland
    Published about a year ago
    5 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Next LARP

    5 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Next LARP

    LARPs come in all different sizes and genres. Whether you're a sword-swinging half-orc in a fantasy setting, a rugged survivor in the post-apocalypse, or a bloodsucking creature of the night making your play to take over the city, there are all kinds of games out there.
  • Neal Litherland
    Published about a year ago
    5 (Specific) Costuming Tips for Your Next LARP

    5 (Specific) Costuming Tips for Your Next LARP

    If you've ever sat around a table with a character sheet and some funny-shaped dice, part of you has no doubt wondered what it would be like to play in a real fantasy world. To feel the weight of a sword in your hand as goblins charge down the path, or to sit in a darkened room with a vampire prince, making deals for the soul of the city.
  • Neal Litherland
    Published about a year ago
    5 Tips For Playing Better Gnomes

    5 Tips For Playing Better Gnomes

    Gnomes tend to be thought of as a mixture of irritating tricksters and half-mad inventors, with a hefty dash of poor impulse control just for spice. However, there is a lot going on with gnomes just beneath the surface. For players looking to step outside the stereotypes of this inherently magical race, there are all sorts of wild possibilities for who (and what) you could become.