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Fantastic Flop: GMing Lessons from a filmic failure

I’ve been a fan of the Fantastic Four, off and on, since the halcyon days of Lee and Kirby. I was there, reading, when the being who would become Adam Warlock was first introduced. I was there for the first appearance of the Inhumans. I was there for the Silver Surfer and Galactus. Through low-priced […]

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An AcadeCon For Your Consideration

The Backstory Michael (aka @TheRPGAcademy on Twitter) has been a supporter of Campaign Mastery and an occasional conversationalist on the subject of gaming for several years now. He is also one of the people behind the RPG Academy podcasts. Several months ago, he flattered me outrageously with an offer to be interviewed for the show […]

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Basics For Beginners (and the over-experienced) Part 3: Preparations

This entry is part 3 in the series Basics For Beginners (and the over-experienced)

This entry is part 3 in the series Basics For Beginners (and the over-experienced)I’ve been asked a number of times what advice I have for a beginning GM. This 15-part series is an attempt to answer that question – while throwing in some tips and reminders of the basics for more experienced GMs. This will […]

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A target of inefficiency: from Dystopian trends to Utopia

Some background Before I can get to the main subject of today’s article, I need to tell a few short real-life stories to set the scene, putting the article into context. The Story Of Canterbury Road When I look out my front window, I am confronted by the somewhat depressing site of one of Sydney’s […]

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The Power Of The Question-mark in RPG Plotting

Here in Australia, there has recently been a confrontation between the media and politics within the courts in the form of the Treasurer, Joe Hockey, suing one of our newspapers for defamation over a story which appeared both in print and on their website, and two tweets promoting that story. The story alleged that Hockey […]

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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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A Legacy Of War: The Founding Of National Identities

A History Lesson: The ANZACs This Saturday marks the 100th anniversary of a seminal date in Australian History. April 25, 1915 was the day the Gallipoli campaign began, part of World War I, “The War to end All Wars”. Intended to drive the Ottoman Empire out of the First World War with a single bold […]

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Shadows In The Darkness – The nature of True Evil

It started in the course of a planning session for the next adventure in the Adventurer’s Club (Pulp) campaign, “Prison Of Jade”. We were fleshing out the villain’s motivations, and I (Mike) made a comment about the nature of Evil. Blair disagreed, saying “I don’t think that’s true evil at all” (or words to that […]

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New Beginnings: Phase 6: Mindset & Underpinnings

This entry is part 7 in the series New Beginnings

This entry is part 7 in the series New BeginningsIt’s not easy making a completely fresh start. This series examines in detail the process of creating a new campaign. What more do you need? You’ve got the basic plot, you’ve got the basic world, you have these organized so as to spread the developmental workload […]

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New Beginnings: Phase 5: Surroundings & Environment

This entry is part 6 in the series New Beginnings

This entry is part 6 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. Last time, I went through the development process of taking ideas and some indications of direction and welding them together into a campaign plan. Now […]

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New Beginnings: Phase 4: Development

This entry is part 5 in the series New Beginnings

This entry is part 5 in the series New Beginnings There are times when we all have to make a fresh start. This series examines the process in detail. So you’ve got some general ideas, and you’ve vetted the legacies of the past to see what to keep and what to throw away (with a few […]

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Incredible Truth and Improbable Stories: Oratory in an RPG

I was reading reports concerning the credibility problem of Australia’s Prime Minister, Tony Abbott (at least, he was PM as this article was being written – I also read many reports of challengers circling for his position) (see update below), when a Vagrant Thought wandered through my head: “He was credible enough to be elected […]

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