5 Tips for Writing Social Drama RPG Campaigns

5 Tips for Writing Social Drama RPG Campaigns For my next roleplaying game campaign, I’m writing the foundation for a social drama campaign that I’ll then pass off to a co-GM who does a much better job at portraying Non-Player Characters and figuring out the logical (not just conventional) implications of choices. I lamented on social media that writing up the campaign so that someone else can take it and run with it is much more challenging than writing up a traditional, linear story adventure. This post deals with my approach to tackling those difficulties and provides tips for prepping social drama campaigns...

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 30

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 30 Day 30: Do you want to create a scene tracker? Story and setting. If an outline is the macro level of your plot, the scene tracker allows you to delve into greater detail on a scene-by-scene basis. Again, you may not need or want one, but you may find it useful to think of scenes in their component parts as you write your way through NaNo. You’ll want to have your outline handy for this, but you can also apply it just to the scenes you know you have even if you don’t have all of them yet. Action Plan: Fill out a scene tracker (such as this one or this...

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 27

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 27 Day 27: What does your protagonist regret most and why? Your Protagonist. We all go through life harboring regrets about things we’ve done or left undone. Your protagonist is no exception. What sorts of things do they regret about their life so far? What are the stories behind each regret? Do the nature of these regrets change by the midpoint of the novel or after the climax, when additional information might have come to light? How intensely do they feel the regret, and do the regreats factor in to the protagonist’s desires/motives or their M.O.? Action...

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 24

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 24 Day 24: What does your protagonist fear most and why? Your Protagonist. Considered a certain way, the flip side of desire is fear: it’s what we don’t want to have happen. As we get closer to Halloween, let the spookiness of the season inspire you to give your character unique but believable fears. What sort of fears does the protagonist harbor? What prompted these fears in the first place? Are they rational or irrational? Will the protagonist have to face any of them over the course of the story? How might they overcome their fears? Action Plan: Write...

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 22

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 22 Day 22: What kinds of people or things might get in the way of your protagonist achieving their goals? Your Protagonist. Besides the antagonist, there are many other external issues that could hinder the protagonist’s journey to realizing their desires. Who are the protagonist’s rivals, foils, or ex-lovers? What sort of institutions or factions stand in the way of the protagonist achieving their goal? What do they stand for and how is their skin in the game? What about the setting itself: the weather, the landscape, monsters, or the gods? Why are these...

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