Launched last year, the Forgotten Scrolls series is a regular weekly look at articles previously published during my three years of blogging. Before the usual look through the archives, I direct you to my regular guest post at Ennead Games. Here I reprint an essay from my archives.
This article has been dusted down, given a fresh edit, and reprinted as a guest post on the Ennead blog. This weekend, the article presented a slightly wry look at being a bad GM. Here are my experiences from a campaign which imploded, in the hope you can avoid a similar fate:
Last Month: Week 175
Four weeks ago, I reviewed my performance in November. Week 175 also featured my Dragonmeet ‘16 report. Despite wifi problems for another year, and an overly small seminar room, I had fun and met some cool people. I also played my first game at a convention:
Six Months Ago: Week 153
Further back, in July I promoted voting for the latest round of the ENnies. The long blog post for week 153 was my third essay in the Improv Gaming series. Part 3 continued my exploration of improv prep, moving on to the story elements which I can weave into the story during the session as needed:
Last Year: Week 127
Stepping back to January 2016, the sense of deja vu continues, as I posted my first blog carnival weekly update. My long article for week 127 was my first contribution to the Gates & Portals topic. In part 1 I presented the Portalwrights, the mages who create and control the portal network:
Two Years ago: Week 75
Winding back another year to 2015, I presented my resolutions for the year. My long blog post for week 75 looked at the excellent advice about plot twists presented in the game A World of Dew:
Three Years ago: Week 23
Finally, we reach the start of 2014, where I highlighted the next round of the wandering Warlock’s Journal contest. The feature article for week 23 was a rare guest post on Tales of a GM. This essay from Kenny the Solo RPG Sage, writing as Winston, explored a seven-step method for achieving the ideal start to writing or a game:
Once again, I hope you liked this journey through the archives of Tales of a GM. Did you find any lost treasures this week?