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Who Is “The Hidden Dragon”? – Behind the curtain of the Orcs and Elves Series

This entry is part 28 in the series Orcs & Elves

A real-life example of solving a plot problem for an RPG.

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Amazon Nazis On The Moon: Campaign Planning Revisited

I’ve written a number of articles on the subject of Campaign Planning & Structuring which have been very well received, notably (oldest to newest): Back To Basics: Campaign Structures(also contains links to another twelve related earlier articles). Back To Basics: Example: The White Tower Back To Basics: Example: The Belt Of Terra The Echo Of […]

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Refloating The Shipwreck: When Players Make A Mistake

Preamble This Month’s Blog Carnival was proposed more or less as follows: People love it when player characters do great heroic deeds and win fame and fortune in a campaign. But how about when things horribly wrong go… and it’s all the fault of some foolhardy decision by some Player Character? Those can be either […]

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Creating ecology-based random encounters: Encounters with meaning

This entry is part 3 in the series Creating ecology-based random encounters

This entry is part 3 in the series Creating ecology-based random encounters In this concluding part of my series on encounter tables, I look at Urban Settings, Dungeon settings, and talk about ways of integrating Wandering Monster encounters into plotlines and infusing them with meaning. And I might throw in the occasional new idea in […]

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Creating ecology-based random encounters: This Eats That

This entry is part 2 in the series Creating ecology-based random encounters

This entry is part 2 in the series Creating ecology-based random encounters In part one of this series, I talked about the philosophical grounding of random encounters – the theoretical why’s and wherefore’s that underpin the encounters that result, and the ways and reasons why they matter. In this part, I’m going to discuss ways […]

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Creating ecology-based random encounters: The Philosophy of meanderings

This entry is part 1 in the series Creating ecology-based random encounters

How to overcome the problems with random encounters

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Two Emails and a ‘summon collective wisdom’ request

In the course of the last week, two different emails have been sent to Campaign Mastery that are going to form the core of today’s article. Since they are about as different as chalk and squid ink, the results might be more than usually schizophrenic, but I think it will all come together in the […]

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Game Prep and the +N to Game Longevity

I have a list of the topics that I intend to cover here at Campaign Mastery that I simply add to whenever I have an article idea. Sometimes when I look at the list, though, I don’t feel sufficiently inspired to write about any of them – then what should I do? I have a […]

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Ensemble or Star Vehicle – Which is Your RPG Campaign?

For some time now, I’ve been aware of a subtle difference between the advice being dispensed here at Campaign Mastery and what really happened in the games that I run. At first, I wasn’t entirely sure that my perception was accurate; I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what the differences were, indicating that it […]

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In Someone else’s Sandbox: Adventuring in an established setting

I’m sneaking in after the deadline for last month’s blog carnival, hosted by Dice Monkey… The benefits of an established setting There are a lot of obvious benefits to the use of an established campaign setting. Because I expect a number of other carnival participants to have weighed in on this aspect of the topic, […]

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Boxed In: A problem-solving frame of referance for players & GMs alike

We’ve all had mental blanks from time to time. When we’re players, a GM presents a problem that should be a slam-dunk to solve – but we can’t seem to grasp the blindingly obvious. Similarly, there are times as a GM when a problem has an obvious solution that we completely overlook, and times when […]

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Selected Ticks Of The Clock – Session Scheduling for RPGs

My history with RPGs encompasses an unusual variety of settings in which to play. Each different circumstance involved different session lengths and conditions, and so I feel that I am uniquely qualified to discuss the subject of session scheduling. NB: The following is necessarily edited and omits a huge amount in favor of the relevant. […]

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