Category: Game Mastering

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Gnomecast 8 – PC Agency

http://www.gnomestew.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/008-PC-Agency.mp3 Welcome to the Gnomecast, the Gnome Stew’s tabletop gaming advice podcast. Here we talk with the other gnomes about gaming things to avoid becoming part of the stew. So I guess we’d better be good. Today we have Ang, and myself,...

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Character Arcs

In fiction writing, there are three generally accepted character arcs: change, growth, and failure. Of course, in writing novels, the author can plan and plot this all out for maximum effect. In the collaborative storytelling nature of role playing games, this is much more difficult. The player...

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Creating Plot on the Fly

Players often go left when you expect them to go right. Every GM knows this, but most of us still come to the table with material prepared ahead of time. Experienced GMs know how to plan for adjustments when players eventually do the unexpected thing, however it’s still all built on the framework...

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Star Wars: How the Galaxy Moves

A Long Time Ago… We all know how Star Wars starts, and that opening sentence firmly situates us in the setting. It’s not our time and it’s not our world. In fact, this has already happened. That phrase acts like an Aspect in that you can call on it and refer to it when you need a...

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PC Agency

Part of my life is dedicated to writing novels (first one out next year!), and in many of the classes I’ve attended and books I’ve read, there is mention of “character agency.” To expand on these two words, the concept basically means that the character’s actions...

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Star Wars: How NPCs Move

I’ve been using the Principles, Agenda, and Moves I’ve talked about in my other posts for my Star Wars game. Now it’s time to take things to another level. We’ve been keeping things pretty basic (both in the posts and in my sessions). Now it’s time to complicate...

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The Wheel of Seasons

The frozen mountains, locked in perpetual ice. The shifting sands of the burning desert. The leafy green sanctuary of the elven kingdoms. Standard RPGs and their variegated environments exist in a realm of endless summer or seasons that only change when the GM wants to spice things up. But paying...

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