Posts Tagged ‘Game-Mastery’

Signs and Signatures: An essay on uniqueness of style

We all sign our names differently, and the association between an individual and his unique signature is a cornerstone of modern concepts of identity. So ubiquitous is this association that the term has made its way into the modern lexicon in all sorts of other ways; law-enforcement people talk about “bomb signatures”, hackers talk about […]

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New Beginnings: Phase 3: Reinvigoration

This entry is part 4 in the series New Beginnings

This entry is part 4 in the series New Beginnings There are times when we all have to make a fresh start. This series is going to examine the process in detail. The table of contents was in the introduction (part 0). In Phase 2, short-term measures were used to buy time while doing some […]

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New Beginnings: Phase 2: Baggage Dump

This entry is part 3 in the series New Beginnings

This entry is part 3 in the series New Beginnings There are times when we all have to make a fresh start. This series is going to examine the process in detail. The table of contents was in part 0. While there are always going to be things that you will want to bring forward […]

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New Beginnings: Phase 1: Inspiration

This entry is part 2 in the series New Beginnings

This entry is part 2 in the series New Beginnings There are times when we all have to make a fresh start. This series is going to examine the process in detail. Finding Inspiration You need to start with an idea. While this might be an original concept, many people derive inspiration from existing sources. […]

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New Beginnings: Introduction

This entry is part 1 in the series New Beginnings

This entry is part 1 in the series New BeginningsThere are times when we all have to make a fresh start. Creatively – and GMing is a creative aspect of the broader RPG hobby – a change of scene may be needed. Enthusiasm may have waned. The old campaign may have ended. One or more […]

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Flavors Of Victory: Why do good GMs fail?

I’m blessed, or cursed, with a naturally analytic mindset. I can’t help but look for patterns and, having seen one, trying to understand what it means and why it is a pattern. Of course, the more frequently you can observe the circumstances that produce the pattern, the more easily those patterns are to detect. Local […]

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“I know what’s happening!” – Confirmation Bias and RPGs

I was watching a documentary the other week. (I know, it seems like I watch a lot of TV. I actually watch less than it might seem, but I’ve gotten a number of articles out of what TV I do watch.) Anyway, the subject in this case was the investigation of the crash of a […]

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Layers Of Mis-translation: RPGs and Dubbed TV

I was watching a repeat of Iron Chef the other day, and (not for the first time) ruminating on the evident personalities of the three chefs. Sakai always comes across as the friendliest of the three, Chen with an impish sense of humor, and of course, Michiba is the oldest, and in many ways, the […]

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Abandoned Islands – Iconic Adventure Settings

I love a great location, and one of my favorite settings is an abandoned island. There are lots of reasons for this. Here’s just a few: They contain great visual elements, even when described in narrative. Decay and Ruin can be used symbolically to represent almost any situation in a game. And there’s always overgrowth […]

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The Wandering Spotlight Part Two of Two: Shared Stories

My co-GM in the Adventurer’s Club campaign and I work very hard to maintain player engagement even when the spotlight is not on that player’s character (which only makes it all the more obvious and painful when we fail in attempts to do so). While there is little that I regard as especially novel about […]

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The Wandering Spotlight Part One of Two: Plot Prologues

In the midst of all the angst on display in the last article, correspondent, friend, and involved party Ian M included this comment: …as GMs, Mike and Blair are very good at making sure even PCs that (by skillset, background or whatever) are more or less side-lined for a specific situation are still well-engaged. While […]

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An Experimental Failure – 10 lessons from a train-wreck Session

Tomorrow (as I write this), as usual on the final Friday of the month, I will be deep into prep for the next session of the Adventurer’s Club campaign. Unlike the usual situation, this won’t be final prep – we usually play that campaign on the first Saturday of the month. This article will look […]

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