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A Helping Handout

Hungry, over at Ravenous Roleplaying, is a long-time supporter of Campaign Mastery through his regular “Friday Faves” column, in which he collects links to the articles that have most inspired or interested him from the past week. When he has time, he accompanies those links with some comments; these are always interesting, and sometimes genuinely […]

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Plunging Into Game Physics Pt 4: Better Campaigns Through Physics

This entry is part 4 in the series Plunging into Game Physics

This entry is part 4 in the series Plunging into Game Physics A ‘Game Physics’ can shape plots, be revealed and extended by plots, but its greatest impact is usually more subtle and cumulative, and only experienced at a Campaign Level, where it can serve as a binding influence that ties disparate plots into a […]

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Plunging Into Game Physics Pt 3: Tales From The Ether

This entry is part 3 in the series Plunging into Game Physics

This entry is part 3 in the series Plunging into Game PhysicsIn this series, I’ve been looking into the subject of Game Physics. Part one examined what a ‘game physics’ is, and what one can be used for. Part two focused in on one particular application, the generation and validation of House Rules. In this […]

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Plunging Into Game Physics Pt 2: Strange Mechanics

This entry is part 2 in the series Plunging into Game Physics

This entry is part 2 in the series Plunging into Game Physics As you can see from the title, this is part 2 of a series looking at the underlying principles and applications of Game Physics. The first part looked at exactly what the term meant, and found that it needed quite a lot of […]

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Plunging Into Game Physics Pt 1 – What Is a ‘Game Physics’?

This entry is part 1 in the series Plunging into Game Physics

This entry is part 1 in the series Plunging into Game Physics“Game Physics” is a term that not enough GMs take the time to think about in depth. Physics is about isolating a single variable and measurable quantity, then altering that variable while observing the measurable quantity to shed light on the relationship between the […]

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Status Interruptus: Types Of Pause

This entry is part 3 in the series Further thoughts on Pacing

This entry is part 3 in the series Further thoughts on PacingIn part one of this series, I demonstrated that a pause or interruption in play can be enormously beneficial, if used correctly. Last week’s article examined before-pause and after-pause content and found that these had to match in order to extract that benefit, and […]

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Anatomy Of An Interruption – Endpoints

This entry is part 2 in the series Further thoughts on Pacing

This entry is part 2 in the series Further thoughts on Pacing Having established in part one of this series that a pause or interruption to play or to the primary plot being deployed within the game can be more than a necessary inconvenience, it can be a tool whose manipulation by a savvy GM […]

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Pacing and the value of the Pause

This entry is part 1 in the series Further thoughts on Pacing

This entry is part 1 in the series Further thoughts on PacingDiscovering The Principles This was originally envisaged as one small and relatively quick article. It didn’t work out that way. Instead, this is the first part of three… I was watching a repeat of an old TV show the other week – one that […]

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Taking advantage of the sensory heirarchy

As humans, we rely on our senses to connect us to the world around us. There is a hierarchy amongst those senses that GMs can take advantage of, the better to communicate with our players. The Associated Senses At the bottom end of the senses are the associated senses – the sense of balance, and […]

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Stealth Narrative – Imputed info in your game

I was incredibly tired after Co-GMing on Saturday – while the game session went well, this was only the second time that I have GM’d since undertaking a regime to control my blood sugar after the recent Diabetes diagnosis, and it took a lot more out of me than I expected. In fact, I ended […]

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Always Something There To Surprise You – Plots as Antagonists

The subject of today’s article emerged during a twitter discussion between John Kahane (@jkahane1), Joe Kushner (@JoeGKushner), and myself (@gamewriterMike) on Twitter last week. The conversation started when I mentioned to John that I had just started a mystery plotline in my Zenith-3 (superhero) campaign, and that special effort was going to be needed to make […]

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Rat On A Stick – In remembrance of Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett OBE (28 Apr 1948 – 12 Mar 2015) The world lost a giant of the fantasy genre on March 12th. Terry Pratchett brought farce to the elements of his novels while spinning straightforward fantasy stories out of those elements that built and built until reaching the point of melodramatic farce in their own […]

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