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A Vague Beginning

Having just finished the “New Beginnings” series only a few weeks ago, I had no intention of publishing another article on the subject of campaign design for quite a while. Plans changed… An Endless Vista All campaigns start on a blank sheet of paper, which presents an endless vista of possibilities. This is not all […]

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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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Ask The GMs: On Big Dungeons

How do you make Big Dungeons interesting? It’s not a simple proposition; very dependent on your source material, you may have to dig far deeper into what you have been presented with in order to achieve success. This question comes from Tom, who wrote: I DM a Pathfinder game, where the module is coming to […]

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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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Compound Interruptions: Manipulating Pauses

This entry is part 4 in the series Further thoughts on Pacing

This entry is part 4 in the series Further thoughts on Pacing Sorry for the delay in posting this – my ISP is conducting maintenance of some sort, and my connection kept dropping out, making it hard to upload and format the article in the usual manner. Combinations So far, I’ve been looking at the […]

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Overprotective Tendencies: Handling Player Risk Aversion

It happens in virtually every campaign. The longer the game runs, the more overprotective of their characters the players become. They become more and more attached to the characters and more adverse to exposing them to serious risk. The GM, on the other hand, wants to continually raise the stakes and up the ante, in […]

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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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New Beginnings: Phase X: Beginning

This entry is part 11 in the series New Beginnings

This entry is part 11 in the series New BeginningsIt’s not easy making a completely fresh start. This series has examined the process of creating a new campaign in detail, and at last, the new campaign is ready for the curtain to lift and the show to begin – right? Right? This isn’t the first […]

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No Article Today

Just a quick heads-up: Due to a lengthy doctor’s appointment, I am left without enough time to get today’s article finished. I’ll try to get it finished tomorrow, but have another appointment then, so that might not happen, either. Apologies are tendered, and I’ll try not to let it happen again – though I’m a […]

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New Beginnings: Phase 9: Completion

This entry is part 10 in the series New Beginnings

This entry is part 10 in the series New Beginnings It’s not easy making a completely fresh start. This series examines the process of creating a new campaign in detail, a process that is approaching its conclusion. Campaign Structure There isn’t much of a structural nature left undone, or so it must seem – 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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New Beginnings: Phase 8: Enfleshing

This entry is part 9 in the series New Beginnings

This entry is part 9 in the series New Beginnings It’s not easy making a completely fresh start. This series examines the systematic process of creating a new campaign in detail, from start to finish. The contents (updated with each post) can be found in “part zero” of the series. Bone, Cartilage, and Flesh: A […]

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