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Oct
24

Find Me at GamerNation Con 4! March 30–April 2, 2017

Find Me at GamerNation Con 4! March 30–April 2, 2017
Apr
10

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...
Jan
12

Day 24: Canon vs AU vs Homebrew Settings in RPGs

Day 24: Canon vs AU vs Homebrew Settings in RPGs At this point in my GMing career, I’m convinced that basing your role-playing game campaign in a pre-existing setting is just as hard as creating your own from scratch. (Unless, of course, you’ve already taken it upon yourself to become an expert on the topic, but even then there are bits of trivia to remember, opinions to consider, sources to reconcile, etc.) Running games in an established setting is a shortcut for finding players, but you’ve still got to do your research, be respectful of the correct timeline, and play by the rules. As cool as...
Oct
23

Rokugan Style: A Game of Chrysanthemum Thrones

Rokugan Style: A Game of Chrysanthemum Thrones Given the change of system, I felt obliged to change the promotional image as well. (Though technically it’s the Oriental Adventures LARP, this cover was just too perfect to resist.) An Invitation to the Winter Court Greetings, honored visitor, to an isolated corner of the Empire not often seen, but wondrous to behold. On the cusp of the year of the that may come to mark a renewed spiritual vigor in the Emerald Empire, it is my honor as the Emperor Hantei the Thirty Fifth’s Official Voice to invite you to the grand celebrations which are to be held...
Oct
20

How to Write a LARP Scenario Part I: System and Structure

How to Write a LARP Scenario Part I: System and Structure Googling “writing a LARP scenario” or “larp scenario design” returns a number of great lists of scenarios for download and some good articles on theory, but nothing like the solid GM advice that you would find if, say, you wanted to know how to write a campaign or encounter. Lacking a rough outline or method, I’ve been forced to look at the scenarios and LARPs I’ve participated in and try to deduce guiding principles and processes from there. This series of articles is an attempt to help fill that gap with my own trial and errors....

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