Posts Tagged ‘Campaign-Admin’

Ask The GMs: How to Deal with Players Who Disagree with Game Calls

Campaign Mastery reader D.M. asks the GMs, “I am looking for some suggestions on how to deal with players who like to disagree with game calls. I play D&D 2nd edition with a large group of seven to eleven players from 16 to 60 years old. I have trouble with two players who like to […]

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We All Have Our Roles To Play: Personality Archetypes, Part 4

This entry is part 4 in the series We All Have Our Roles

This entry is part 4 in the series We All Have Our RolesReintroduction If there is one thing I hate, it’s interrupting a task, especially a creative one, before it’s finished. That includes interrupting a series. At the same time, doing the same thing for week after week can be enough to drive me around […]

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Prep-Tools Part I: Campaign and Adventure Planning

This entry is part 2 in the series GM Toolbox

This entry is part 2 in the series GM ToolboxWritten by Michael Beck, with contributions and editing by Da’Vane. GM’s Toolbox, looks at tools, tips, and techniques you can use to improve your games. Toolbox offers you a skeleton for running a campaign, rather than fleshed out tips. This series is presented in a discussion […]

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Directed Plots, Undirected Narrative, and Stuff That Just Happens

There’s been a lot of commentary over the years about different styles of campaign. Most distinguish between Episodic and Serialized campaigns, and many writers seem to assume that those are the only types of campaign there are. This is a position with which I don’t agree; there are more layers and levels within this classification […]

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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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Lessons From The West Wing III: Time Happens In The Background

This entry is part 7 in the series Lessons From The West Wing

This entry is part 7 in the series Lessons From The West WingOne of the best pieces of writing/direction that I’ve ever seen in a TV production takes place in a later episode of the series, in season 6 or perhaps 7, and it’s something that has made an indelible mark apon my awareness and […]

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We All Have Our Roles To Play: Personality Archetypes, Part 3

This entry is part 3 in the series We All Have Our Roles

This entry is part 3 in the series We All Have Our Roles The Premise Archetypes for RPGs are usually defined either by the psychology of the character or the abilities of the character, but other classifications systems are possible. These can yield a different perspective, which can be invaluable. This series’ approach is based […]

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We All Have Our Roles To Play: Personality Archetypes, Part 2

This entry is part 2 in the series We All Have Our Roles

This entry is part 2 in the series We All Have Our Roles The Premise Everything that I’ve ever read on the subject has defined archetypes for RPGs either in terms of the psychology of the character or the abilities of the character, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But there are other classifications that […]

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This Survey For New Players Ensures A Good Fit

Roleplaying Tips reader Zerfinity sent me a campaign survey he used to build his new group. A friend once told me the best finishes have great starts. So it is with great campaigns, and one key is getting a group of like-minded, enthusiastic people around you each game night. Zerfinity’s survey offers a great tool […]

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We All Have Our Roles To Play: A Functional Perspective on Personality Archetypes, Part 1

This entry is part 1 in the series We All Have Our Roles

This entry is part 1 in the series We All Have Our RolesEverything that I’ve ever read on the subject has defined archetypes for RPGs either in terms of the psychology of the character or the abilities of the character. Filling out a team roster is often a case of players selecting from a chinese […]

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Eureka! – Some inspiring notions

There is a cooking show in Australia (it actually started in the UK, and a US version was recently announced) called Masterchef Australia. The goal of the series is to identify and winnow through the best amatuer cooks in the country until they are left with the one best cook of the bunch, who gets […]

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Like Sand through the Klein Bottle: Time Travel in RPGs, Part 3

This entry is part 3 in the series Time Travel In RPGs

This entry is part 3 in the series Time Travel In RPGs Hopefully, this will wrap up the article on Time Travel! Part 1 looked at the problems of Time Travel in RPGs, and reached the conclusion that the GM had to have some understanding of the nature of time in his campaign before he […]

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