Sep 11

Forgotten Scrolls 51: Week 214


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 presented a quick way for GMs to improvise the secondary areas in a dungeon:


Random Narrative Dungeons




Last Week: Week 213

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 was about the way The Saga of the Icelanders RPG presents relationships at the table, and how Players can leverage these connections into useful information:


Updated: Empowering RPG Relationships



Last Month: Week 210

Four weeks ago, I reviewed Eclipse of the Century, a YA novel set in a mysterious Central Asian city. In that week I also finally concluded my February Blog Carnival series. I had reached part 14, where I summarized the series with a focus on the Players in the session:


February ‘17 Carnival: Improv Encounters 14, Players Overview



Six Months Ago: Week 188

Further back, in March, I promoted the Kickstarter to Hopjockey, a novel by Matt Vancil. The long blog post for week 188 was my third contribution to the long series based on the February Blog Carnival. This essay continued my exploration of story elements, with a detailed look at the GMCs. I began by considering the GMC information needed by the Players:


February ‘17 Carnival: Improv Encounters 3, Who & Players



Last Year: Week 162

Stepping back to September 2016, where this series of Forgotten Scrolls had begun. The discrepancy in the numbers being due to skipped weeks caused by the failure of my laptop the following November. My long article for week 162 was another long-running series. I continued my discussion of improv gaming by focusing on a selection of the results in my Narrative Outcomes Table:


Improv Gaming, Part 9: Purely Narrative Outcomes



Two Years Ago: Week 110

Winding back another year to 2015, I posted a short article about the Play on Target podcast. My long article for week 110 was a contribution to the September RPG Blog Carnival. I wrote about the Ever-burning Orb, a cursed item found in Summerland.


RPG Blog Carnival: Cursed Items



Three Years Ago: Week 58

Back in September 2014, I promoted the 13th Age in Glorantha Kickstarter. I really hope this delivers soon. There is progress with the project, but I am very eager to see these rules. The long blog post for week 58 was focused on the different personality layers found in GMCs. I think a certain green-skinned ogre had an influence here.


GMCs as Onions: Building Personality in Layers, Updated link



Four Years Ago: Week 6

Finally, in September 2013 I had only just launched Tales of a GM. In this week the feature article was an alternate look at adding house rules into your game. Small, self-contained rules widgets should integrate smoothly with your current game rules.


Rules Widgets



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



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