Category: Something for the Weekend

Dec 08

Dragonmeet 2017 Report: Full of Friends

  I counted down to Dragonmeet over several months, with increasing excitement as the day approached. Now the big day has passed, so it is time for the annual report. Saturday 2nd December was my fifth Dragonmeet convention in London. Once again, the day was a lot of fun.   I divide this report into …

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Dec 01

Minor Festival Generator

  December is one of those times in the year when religious festivals loom large. Such communal worship is often absent from our games. Large festivals are generally treated as plot devices in a campaign. However, in a setting with multiple deities, there should be frequent minor festivals.   I noted previously my failure to …

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Nov 24

12 Days of Dicember Launch

  My most exciting times on the blog are when I have a project to run. This keeps me very busy, but creates a much better feeling around the blog. So far this year I have run:   Prophecies & Omens Blog Carnival in January See the Summary article here February Short Month brainstorming plot …

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Nov 17

Nov ‘17 Carnival: Betrayal Revisited

  The travelling RPG Blog Carnival continues to jump from one blog to another. I try to contribute every month, although a topic can catch my imagination and lead to a long series, such as the 2017 February topic.   In November, the traditional Carnival host is Mike Bourke at Campaign Mastery. The chosen topic …

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Nov 10

GM Story Beats

  The genesis of this essay was an unexpected connection between two roleplaying podcasts I listened to in quick succession last week. Both discussed narrative rhythm and the way the GM can subtly influence the mood at the table. We all know how a good story is composed of a sequence of successes and failures. These …

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