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Aug 06

Forgotten Scrolls 46: Week 209

 

The Forgotten Scrolls series is a weekly look at articles previously published during four years of blogging. Before the usual rummage through the dusty archives, I direct you to my regular guest post at Ennead Games. Here I reprint an old essay.

 

This article has been given a fresh edit, a little more polish, and reprinted as a guest post on the Ennead blog. This weekend, the article was another discussing my frequent technique of weaving short games within the ongoing campaign. This essay considered how the chosen set of rules may impact the interlude:

 

The Mechanical Limitations of Interludes

 

 

 

Last Week: Week 208

Another weekly series of relevance is where I post an Updated article to the blog. This essay previously appeared at Ennead Games, but now returns home. Last week’s Updated article explored the use of narrative combat in games such as my beloved HeroQuest:

 

Updated: The Narrative Combat Experience

 

 

Last Month: Week 205

Four weeks ago, I counted down the deadline for submissions to the Doomsday Devices contest I ran last month. In that week I also posted another essay in the long-running improv encounters series. Part 11 offered advice on running contests as an improv GM:

 

February ‘17 Carnival: Improv Encounters 11, Running Contests

 

 

Six Months Ago: Week 183

Further back, in February, I was deep in my FebShoMo project, where I brainstorm plots and short stories every day for a month. The long blog post for week 183 was a compilation of the 18 articles written for the January Blog Carnival I hosted. I included links to each participating blog:

 

Prophecies & Omens Blog Carnival Summary

 

 

Last Year: Week 157

Stepping back to August 2016, I celebrated the third birthday of the blog. My long article for week 157 was another in my improv gaming series. This contribution explained how I use prepared reference sheets to add aspects such as names or combat abilities to the game as a support for improvisation:

 

Improv Gaming, Part 6: Reference Sheets

 

 

Two Years ago: Week 105

Winding back another year to 2015, I reviewed my progress in July. My long blog post for week 105 explored the principles of storytelling outlined by Jason Pitre in his Spark RPG:

 

Story Sparks: Seven Principles of Storytelling.

 

 

Three Years ago: Week 53

Back in August 2014 I promoted the Designers & Dragons Kickstarter. The long blog post for week 53 was a review of my first year of blogging.

 

Happy Birthday: A First Year Report

 

 

Four Years ago: Week 1

Finally, in August 2013 I launched Tales of a GM. My long blog post for Week 1 was merely just the About page. A blog takes a lot of work to set up, so mine was rather a soft launch.

 

About the Tales

 

 

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

 

 

Happy Reading

Phil

 

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