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On The Origins Of Orcs, Chapters 78-85

This entry is part 31 in the series Orcs & Elves

This entry is part 31 in the series Orcs & Elves I’ve got so much campaign prep to get done that if I don’t do it here, I’ll never get it done in time…    A triple-sized serving of the Orcs and Elves series today, to make up for missing last week, and to wrap […]

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Breaking Through Writer’s Block Pt 5: Translation Blocks

This entry is part 5 in the series Breaking Through Writer's Block

Translation blocks are a type of writer’s block which occurs when moving from one level or layer of the story that you’re telling to the next.

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On The Origins Of Orcs, Chapters 75-77

This entry is part 30 in the series Orcs & Elves

This entry is part 30 in the series Orcs & Elves I’ve got so much campaign prep to get done that if I don’t do it here, I’ll never get it done in time… It’s all been leading to this! Although there are a few more chapters to come, this is the climax of the […]

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Breaking Through Writer’s Block Pt 4: Dialogue, and Narrative Blocks

This entry is part 4 in the series Breaking Through Writer's Block

This entry is part 4 in the series Breaking Through Writer’s Block In part one of this series, I identified several primary types of writer’s block. All but two have been dealt with; this article examines solutions to those remaining primary types: Dialogue Blocks, when you have a conversation to write but have no idea […]

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On The Origins Of Orcs, Chapter 74

This entry is part 29 in the series Orcs & Elves

This entry is part 29 in the series Orcs & Elves I’ve got so much campaign prep to get done that if I don’t do it publicly, I’ll never get it done in time! Only one chapter this time, but it’s a biggie… ************************************************************************************************* Clan Wars XIX: The Hidden Dragon Beneath the granite facade of […]

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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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Breaking Through Writer’s Block Pt 3: Action and Personality Blocks

This entry is part 3 in the series Breaking Through Writer's Block

This entry is part 3 in the series Breaking Through Writer’s Block There are four more primary types of Writer’s Block that I identified in part one of this series, and this article is going to tackle two more of them, and offer 17 solutions to those specific varieties of problem. The types of Writer’s […]

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On The Origins Of Orcs, Chapters 71-73

This entry is part 27 in the series Orcs & Elves

This entry is part 27 in the series Orcs & Elves I’ve got so much campaign prep to get done that if I don’t do it in public, I’ll never get it done in time… This was supposed to be just two chapters, but at the last minute I broke the first into two smaller, […]

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The Poetry Of Place: Describing locations & scenes in RPGs

Novels and RPGs have one thing in common – you have to describe a whole boatload of locations every time you play. As a result, every GM learns the basics of doing so very quickly. Unfortunately, once they achieve a level of minimal proficiency, most GMs never give this aspect of their craft a second […]

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On The Origins Of Orcs, Chapters 69-70

This entry is part 26 in the series Orcs & Elves

This entry is part 26 in the series Orcs & Elves I’ve got so much campaign prep to get done that if I don’t do it in public, I’ll never get it done in time! A number of interruptions today have left me with only two (rather longish) chapters complete. Since some future chapters have […]

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Breaking Through Writer’s Block Pt 2: Conceptual, Specific, and Setting Blocks

This entry is part 2 in the series Breaking Through Writer's Block

This entry is part 2 in the series Breaking Through Writer’s Block This article is going to provide solutions to three of the specific types of writer’s block identified in the first part of this series: Conceptual Writer’s Block, when you trouble breaking an overall story idea down into a detailed plot outline, Specific-Scene Writer’s […]

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On The Origins Of Orcs, Chapters 66-68

This entry is part 25 in the series Orcs & Elves

This entry is part 25 in the series Orcs & Elves I’ve got so much campaign prep to get done that if I don’t do it here, I’ll never get it done in time… I’m trying a slight change in layout this week, formatting the text more closely to that of a book than the […]

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