Posts Tagged ‘Hindsight’

2011 In Review For Johnn

2011 was a great year and a terrible year for me for writing and gaming. I suffered a bit of burn out, got a couple of awesome gaming products published and gamed monthly instead of every other week for much of 2011. Let’s delve into my goals for last year, and then I’ll reveal my […]

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It’s Reality, Jim, but not As We Know It: St Barbara

Two of the most important skills that I added to the Hero System when I was writing my House Rules for my Champions campaign were Paranormal Physics and Paranormal Biology. The first explains how powers work using game physics – and therefore can also be used to determine potentials that the character had not thought […]

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Life, Death, and Life Renewed – March 2011 Blog Carnival

I’ve put the “Reinventing Pulp” series on hold for a week in order to do a short article for this month’s Blog Carnival, which is all about life and death in RPGs. The series will return next week. One of the problems with a campaign that spans multiple game systems is that there are parts […]

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Jolting The Status Quo

Life’s full of surprises. Some are pleasant; others challenge us, and may even seem overwhelming. Take me, for example: I’ve been living in the same rented unit for the last 20 years or so. Last week, I was sent a termination of lease by the landlord; the place needs serious renovations, and he had forewarned […]

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Retcon Rightly

How to undo major events in your campaign without destroying it. The worst case scenario in my games has to be erasing gameplay, rewinding and replaying that part of the game again. I’ve only done that several times and it’s always felt horrible. A logic flaw pops up, or an inconsistency conflicts with what has […]

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Bringing on the next generation, Part Two: Gamemaster Mentors

In many respects, it’s easier being a player than a GM. Since the player determines the personality of the character, as well as what the character says and does, there is in fact no ‘right way’ or ‘wrong way’ to roleplay any given character – only ‘better’ or ‘worse’. It’s a bit like being able […]

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My Biggest Mistakes: The Woes Of Piety & Magic

This entry is part 6 in the series My Biggest Mistakes

This entry is part 6 in the series My Biggest Mistakes Some mistakes you (hopefully) only make once; the mistakes that I’ve blogged about so far as part of this month’s carnival fall into that category. But some mistakes are bound to recur by their nature, and it is just as important to know how […]

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My Biggest Mistakes: Magneto’s Maze – My B.A. Felton Moment

This entry is part 5 in the series My Biggest Mistakes

This entry is part 5 in the series My Biggest Mistakes There came a time when I had to move out of the city (where my players were), and back to the small town in which I had grown up, for financial reasons. That would spell the end of most campaigns, but I had willing […]

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My Biggest Mistakes: Defying Expectations in the Zenith-3 Campaign

This entry is part 4 in the series My Biggest Mistakes

This entry is part 4 in the series My Biggest Mistakes Some expectations are made to be confounded if it’s at all possible. If someone expects a dull and boring campaign, that’s one you don’t want to live up to. If someone expects to get favourable treatment because you owe them money, I’m happy to […]

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My Biggest Mistakes: Information Overload in the Zenith-3 Campaign

This entry is part 3 in the series My Biggest Mistakes

This entry is part 3 in the series My Biggest Mistakes As you should know by now if you’re a regular visitor here – and with 2 new articles every week, why aren’t you, if you’re not!? – this month’s blog carnival is on the subject of mistakes, how you recover from them, and what […]

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My Biggest Mistakes: A slip of the tongue

This entry is part 2 in the series My Biggest Mistakes

This entry is part 2 in the series My Biggest Mistakes We all make mistakes. Some are trivial – I mean, who really cares in the long run if that critter did d6+1 damage and not d6+2? But I’m talking about bigger mistakes, the kind that matter. I’ve got five of them, and as part […]

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Blog Carnival: Game Master Mistakes

This entry is part 1 in the series My Biggest Mistakes

This entry is part 1 in the series My Biggest MistakesMistakes – ones you’ve made in the past and how you got past them, one’s you’re making now and don’t know how to solve. That’s the theme for this month’s RPG Blog Carnival. I remember reading some great advice awhile ago: it’s ok to make […]

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