Jan 08

Forgotten Scrolls 16: Week 179


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:


How to Be a Bad GM




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:


Dragonmeet ‘16 Report



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:


Improv Gaming, Part 3: Challenge Story Element



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:


Gates & Portals 1: Portalwrights



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:


It’s a Lie: World of Dew Plot Twists



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:


On Starting Right



Once again, I hope you liked this journey through the archives of Tales of a GM. Did you find any lost treasures this week?



Happy Reading



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