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Mar
8

A Conflict-Driven Character Creation Questionnaire

What is an RPG campaign if not a series of conflicts between player characters and the world, conflicts between player characters and non-player characters, or conflicts within and among the player characers themselves? The following questions just popped into my head as a new way to facilitate character backstory generation–specifically by getting to the heart of the answers most useful to the GM...
Jan
11

Day 23: System Mechanics, Setting, and Story

Day 23: System Mechanics, Setting, and Story Ask Star Wars roleplayers which system best evoked the feel of the movies for them, and you’ll likely to get four different answers. What makes the WEG d6 system more “Star Wars-y” than Saga Edition with its d20s or Edge of the Empire with its custom dice? It’s a personal preference, but that it’s a question at all indicates that mechanics somehow inform game experience for...
Oct
12

Frontloading Campaign Prep for my Sailor Moon RPG Campaign

Frontloading Campaign Prep for my Sailor Moon RPG Campaign For my upcoming Sailor Moon Roleplaying Game campaign, I’m trying something different than my usual campaign prep regimen. Instead of taking it one session at a time, I’m—gasp!—trying to get as much prepared as possible before I run out of time or inspiration. This has essentially boiled down to outlining the villains’ plot arc, such as their major objectives and modus operandi....
Sep
24

Moon Pride! A Sailor Moon RPG is Found!

Moon Pride! A Sailor Moon RPG is Found! You’ve probably heard of an anime by the name of Sailor Moon, but you might not know that a brand new series came out this summer celebrating the 20th anniversary of the show’s release. I was a little freaked out when I saw the manga-esque style, but it’s made me fall in love with the Sailor Senshi all over again and given me a hefty dose of nostalgia for one of my...
Sep
23

Is Too Much Player Agency a Bad Thing?

Is Too Much Player Agency a Bad Thing? Last night my players turned to me and asked, “Where do you want us to go? You’re the GM; what do you have prepared?” I blinked, smiled, and confessed, “I’m equally unprepared for both options! What would your characters do?” Crickets. (Prep-lite is both a blessing and a curse, let me tell you.) After getting burned by a few sessions where my own character had been...

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