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Aug
21

Mini RPG Campaign Template: Session 2

Mini RPG Campaign Template: Session 2 Last session, as GM you introduced the players to the world just before setting it on fire. You gave them a glimpse of the villain’s plans and showcased the stakes of failure. Now, you’ve set the Player Characters loose in a brave new world so they can begin to get or learn what they need to oppose the villain or change who they are. No matter whether you’ve given them a linear quest line (A then B then C) or will let them choose between pursuing three different options (A, B, or C), you can keep the following tips in mind to nail the major beats of the second...
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 plot and calls the player characters to participate in the adventure. A great first session accomplishes the following three things: it establishes the baseline for...
Oct
26

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 26

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 26 Day 26: What is the darkest moment when all hope is lost? Story and setting. If we extrapolate from the fears the protagonist holds, the hatreds they feel, and the antagonist they’re up against, what does the darkest moment in the story look like? What has to happen in order for the protagonist to be hopeless or on the verge of giving up their goal? What kinds of circumstances would make the audience fear that the protagonist might lose as well? This moment, which usually occurs at the three-quarters mark of the novel, should be one of the most emotionally...
Oct
22

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...
Oct
9

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 9

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 9 Day 9: Who, if anyone, is opposing your protagonist? Your Protagonist. Although it’s common for the protagonist to hate the antagonist, this doesn’t always have to be the case. The antagonist is merely the person or thing whose desires conflict with the protagonist’s. The antagonist might even want the same thing as the protagonist, but how they go about getting it is different or despicable in the eyes of the protagonist or audience. How does the antagonist relate to the protagonist’s core desire and hatreds? What motivates the...

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