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Jun
6

Ego Check with The Id DM – Episode 16 – Katrina Ostrander

Ego Check with The Id DM – Episode 16 – Katrina Ostrander The Id DM recently invited me on his podcast, Ego Check, an interview podcast series hosted by a licensed psychologist, Michael Mallen, Ph.D. The podcast delves into a variety of game types (e.g., tabletop roleplaying games, boardgames, videogames) from a psychological perspective. Dr. Mallen has been interviewing members of the gaming community for articles on his blog, The Id DM, since 2011 and is now posting these interviews for others to enjoy. Check it out as well as the other fantastic episodes with other guests from the gaming industry and beyond! I’m joined...
May
30

How to Become a Better Game Master According to Science

How to Become a Better Game Master According to Science So you’ve got a collection of guides for game masters, a playlist’s worth of GM tips from Geek & Sundry, and a group of players who are happy to be your test subjects. In order to become a great GM, all you have to do is clock in ten thousand hours* of practicing those techniques in order to become great at gamemastering, right? Not so fast. According to the research, simply reading a book, watching a video, or listening to a podcast and giving those concepts a try isn’t going to make you better. Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson...
Apr
6

GamerNationCON 4 Debriefing

GamerNationCON 4 Debriefing Last weekend I flew down to Plano, Texas, for GamerNationCON 4, a tight-knit tabletop gaming convention put on by the amazing folks of the d20 Radio network. They’d invited me to the guest of honor and run some of my favorite games, as well as to give a talk on gamemastering and developing roleplaying games. I’m so happy they did, as I had a blast meeting the GamerNation tribe and getting to put some faces to the names of people in the Star Wars RPG fan community. And there were some unforgettable gaming moments to boot! Besides running events of my own, I was also...
Jun
13

Day 27: Sharing The World With A Co-GM Follow-Up

Day 27: Sharing The World With A Co-GM Follow-Up For the first time ever, I’m running a campaign in which I am a GM and also a player. Already it’s been pushing me to be a better GM, but it also has its pitfalls. All GMs have their foibles, their bad habits and weaknesses, but recognizing them is something else entirely. It’s pretty amazing how directly comparing the same campaign as run by another person can really put your own weaknesses in the limelight: “Man, his descriptions are so much more vivid, and the players are really immersed in what is happening.” Or, “that puzzle...
May
23

Interview on Luna Station Quarterly

Interview on Luna Station Quarterly Jessica Powell (@jehzavere on Twitter) has interviewed me for her latest column on Luna Station Quarterly! She asks me about my experience as a woman gamemaster, what advice I have for women looking to get a job in the gaming industry, how to become a gamemaster yourself if you come from more of a writing background, and much more! Here’s a quick excerpt from the interview: 3. What advice do you have for women who want to get a job in the gaming industry? What education and skills will they need? Jobs in gaming industry encompass a tremendous number of possible...

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