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Jul
31

Mini RPG Campaign Template: Session 1

Mini RPG Campaign Template: Session 1 After deciding to run a mini RPG campaign templated off the three-act structure, you’ve talked to the players about the type of campaign you want to run, you’ve guided them through character creation or provided pre-generated characters for them, and you’ve even give them personalized story hooks and some background information. Next, it’s time to light the fuse and wait until the Key Event ignites the...
Jan
9

Mini RPG Campaign Template: Session 0

Mini RPG Campaign Template: Session 0 Technically the first “session” in my nine-part mini RPG campaign template, I like to call this part “Session 0“: it doesn’t actually involve running the game yet, but it does entail everything you need to get started. This post covers the things you as the GM will be facilitating the first time you gather all the players in one place, as well as the things you’ll want...
Dec
2

The 3-Act Formula as a Mini RPG Campaign Template

The 3-Act Formula as a Mini RPG Campaign Template Type in “novel structure” to the nearest search engine and you’ll find a smorgasbord of templates and spreadsheets to help you plot your novel, and the three-act structure is one of the most popular there is. With a couple of tweaks (and borrowing slightly from the Universal Hero Cycle), you can adapt the three-act formula into a mini RPG campaign template. The end result is nine...
Sep
21

How Not to Run D&D for Kids, Tweens, & Teens

How Not to Run D&D for Kids, Tweens, & Teens In September of 2013 I picked up the reigns for the Teen Intro to Dungeons & Dragons class at my local library. For the past year it’s been a blast introducing kids, tweens, and teens to the hobby, but Dungeon Mastering for kids aged 6 to 16 comes with its own unique set of challenges, especially for someone who is not a parent herself. There are a few pit traps I had to learn to avoid along...
Sep
10

A Glossary of RPG Campaign Terms for New Gamers

A Glossary of RPG Campaign Terms for New Gamers What’s the difference between an adventure, campaign, and a story arc, anyway? Words that experienced gamers bandy about when referring to a tabletop role-playing game can be confusing to a new player or Game Master, and in my personal experience it’s the hierarchy and relationship between the words that can be really tricky. I wrote up an email explaining the most common meta terms and how...

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