Posts Tagged ‘Play’

The Gilligan Tools for better characterization

I was reading an article the other week about a fan theory regarding Gilligan’s Island – well, actually, it’s more like two related theories, one of which is partially contingent on the other. As I was musing (and chuckling, I must admit), the thought occurred to me that with a little tweaking, one of those […]

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Use The Force, Fluke: Who’s On First This Time?

For the record, none of the PCs in the Star Wars campaign is named Fluke. But the pun was irresistible. When we started playing Star Wars: Edge Of The Empire, we got the initiative system all wrong. What’s supposed to happen is that each PC and NPC / NPC-Group rolls initiative to create a set […]

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The Perils Of Players Knowing Too Much

The Backstory I was posting a reply to @RPGKitchen on Twitter last night (relative to commencing this article, now about 3 weeks ago) when a stray thought suggested itself. It was recently posited that starting a campaign or adventure off with the characters engaged in activities that are relatively familiar to the players, such as […]

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Pickin’ and Choosin’: Cherry-picking RPG Elements

To begin this article, I need to share a story and a recent insight relating to it. Bear with me, and it will all become relevant in the end… An excerpt from my musical history When I was growing up, the family lived first 38 miles (61 km) out of, and then within, a small […]

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Basics For Beginners (and the over-experienced) Part 4: About Players

This entry is part 4 in the series Basics For Beginners (and the over-experienced)

This entry is part 4 in the series Basics For Beginners (and the over-experienced)I’ve been asked a number of times what advice I have for a beginning GM. This 15-part series is an attempt to answer that question – while throwing in some tips and reminders of the basics for more experienced GMs. I plan […]

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A Stack Of Surprises: Blog Carnival November 2015

Welcome to the Blog Carnival Host Page for November 2015! In the coming month it is once again Campaign Mastery’s turn to host the Blog Carnival (if you’re quick, you can still catch the tail end of the October Blog Carnival about creepy things coming to town over at Of Dice And Dragons). This time […]

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Getting Into Character Pt 2: PCs

This is the second of a two-part article that I wrote while away attending a brace of family functions. (Actually, technically, it’s the third of four-and-a-half, but why get picky?) It’s so much easier when you’re dealing with an NPC. You have total control over everything. The character is what you define it to be […]

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Getting Into Character pt 1: NPCs

I’m interrupting the flow of things with this two-part article, which is being written while I’m away from my usual resources. Technically, I’m supposed to be on Holidays, but in reality the vagaries of transport requirements have taken me away from those resources sooner than I wanted; the consequence is that I might not have […]

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Tales From The Front Line: Critical Absences – an unresolved question

This entry is part 2 in the series Tales from the front line

This entry is part 2 in the series Tales from the front lineThe Context Saxon, one of my players and a fellow GM who has contributed guidance through ATGMs on a number of occasions was telling an anecdote the other week about what transpired in the D&D 5e campaign that he plays in. It seems […]

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Basics For Beginners (and the over-experienced) Part 3: Preparations

This entry is part 3 in the series Basics For Beginners (and the over-experienced)

This entry is part 3 in the series Basics For Beginners (and the over-experienced)I’ve been asked a number of times what advice I have for a beginning GM. This 15-part series is an attempt to answer that question – while throwing in some tips and reminders of the basics for more experienced GMs. This will […]

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Cinematic Combat Part 3 – The Absence Of Mechanics

This entry is part 3 in the series Cinematic Combat

This entry is part 3 in the series Cinematic Combat Why should the pace of gameplay be held hostage by combat mechanics? Anything else we can take or leave – we can assume success on any skill roll and get straight to the results. But combat? No – not unless we hand victories to the […]

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Cinematic Combat Part 2 – Damage Mechanics

This entry is part 2 in the series Cinematic Combat

This entry is part 2 in the series Cinematic CombatWhile merging all the tactical and attack mechanics into a single die roll, as described in part one, can greatly speed combat, there’s no reason to stop there. The next part of the combat sequence involves doing damage and may also require recording any losses of […]

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