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If Then Else or Maybe: Witchmarsh and Plot Interactivity

A review of the promise of Witchmarsh, a promising new RPG videogame in development, and the lessons & value it holds for tabletop RPGs

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Casual Opportunities For Priests: The Differential Encounters

This entry is part 5 in the series Casual Opportunities

This entry is part 5 in the series Casual OpportunitiesAt long last, it’s finished! It’s taken a long time to complete the final article in this set, mostly because I had to keep setting it aside to work on something that would meet the immediate deadline, but here (at last) it is… Introduction to part […]

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Casual Opportunities For Priests: The Common Encounters

This entry is part 4 in the series Casual Opportunities

This entry is part 4 in the series Casual Opportunities So far, I’ve looked at what all Modern Priest PCs have in common, and what made one Priest different to another, This third part, and the fourth to follow, are all about casual encounters to highlight these character features… Introduction to part 3 At first […]

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Casual Opportunities For Priests: Divergences and Differences

This entry is part 3 in the series Casual Opportunities

This entry is part 3 in the series Casual Opportunities The first part of this sub-series analyzed the basic character of the modern priest archetype, identified elements that representatives of that archetype all have in common, and along the way considered how to employ casual encounters to enhance and reveal the character’s basic role in […]

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Casual Opportunities For Priests: Analysis and Commonalities

This entry is part 2 in the series Casual Opportunities

This entry is part 2 in the series Casual Opportunities About the Casual Opportunities series: This series seeks to offer opportunities for PCs to reflect their primary role within a campaign. Opportunities for heroes to be heroes, for villains to be villains, for geeks to be geeks. It’s easy to become so focused on the […]

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People, Places, and Narratives: Matching Locations to plot needs

In my first article for this month’s Blog Carnival, I asked the question ‘Location, Location, Location: How Do You Choose A Location?‘ and identified ten or eleven influences on the decision, and an approximate hierarchy within them, but was unable to offer even a guideline beyond those observations in answer to the question. Today, the […]

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Location, Location, Location – How Do You Choose A Location?

How do you choose a location? Where do events transpire? What considerations should you take into account, and what is the process and the chain of logic that gives the best answers most rapidly? These are questions that Blair and I will have to tackle repeatedly tomorrow, as I write this, because our next pulp […]

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Ghosts Of Blogs Past: An Air Of Mystery – Using an RPG to write mystery fiction

This irregular column resurrects (relevant) lost blog posts from Mike’s 2006 personal blog on Yahoo 360 and updates them with new relevance and perspective. Mysteries are hard to write. Ones for Roleplaying are even harder – or maybe that should be the other way around. There are a lot of unique challenges that have to […]

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Taking everyman skills to the next level: The Absence of an Alibi

Introduction to ‘Everyman Skills’ As GMs develop in experience, and begin to develop their campaign worlds more extensively, they generally arrive at the idea of everyman skills. Typically, this idea will first emerge in a modern-setting campaign, or future-tech campaign, though this is becoming less true all the time. The idea is that characters, by […]

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Clang! Crash! Pow! Game Mastering The Pulp Genre

This entry is part 8 in the series Reinventing Pulp for Roleplaying

This entry is part 8 in the series Reinventing Pulp for Roleplaying If all has gone according to plan, you are now looking at the final part of what’s been a massive series on the Pulp Genre. This article is mostly afterthoughts and GM advice that I’ve culled from many discussions with players and with […]

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Bang! Blat! Whoomph! Character Conventions In Pulp (Continued)

This entry is part 7 in the series Reinventing Pulp for Roleplaying

This entry is part 7 in the series Reinventing Pulp for Roleplaying This article is being co-written by Blair Ramage, with whom I co-referee a Pulp Hero campaign. Although it started as a single item, it has grew so substantially that it became necessary to split it into multiple parts. The first part dealt with […]

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Zot! Zap! Crash! Character Conventions In Pulp (Continued)

This entry is part 6 in the series Reinventing Pulp for Roleplaying

This entry is part 6 in the series Reinventing Pulp for Roleplaying This article is being co-written by Blair Ramage, with whom I co-referee a Pulp Hero campaign. Although it started as a single item, it has grew so substantially that it became necessary to split it into multiple parts. The first part dealt with […]

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