Oct 08

Forgotten Scrolls 55: Week 218

 

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 explored the concept of intrusions from the Numenera RPG. Intrusions structure the way the GM intervenes in the plot and thereby help any story-focused GM:

 

We all Need Intrusions

 

 

 

Last Week: Week 217

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 an overview of the setting we brainstormed for a set of catacombs associated with a villa complex:

 

Updated: Brainstorming the Villa Catacombs

 

 

Last Month: Week 214

Four weeks ago, I reviewed the fanzine pdf The Collected Daily Dwarf, inspired by the old White Dwarf magazine. In that week I also explored how the Heroes of the Falling Star RPG use mechanics to encourage the young Players to act Heroic:

 

Junior RPGs & Social Engineering

 

 

Six Months Ago: Week 192

Further back, in April, I reviewed the excellent SF novel Ender in Exile. The long blog post for week 192 was another top four article, this time focused on the RPG cities I love:

 

My Big Four RPG Cities

 

 

Last Year: Week 166

Stepping back to October 2016, where I noted I was eight weeks away from Dragonmeet. My long article for week 166 continued my long-running Improv Gaming series, this week exploring the special GM cards I use for added inspiration and random input into the game:

 

Improv Gaming, Part 10: Drawing Skuld Cards

 

 

Two Years Ago: Week 114

Winding back another year to October 2015, my Galactic Gadgets contest was winding down. My long article for week 114 was a sequel to the previous week. This essay presented the GM’s response to the idea that every character sheet is a love letter from the Player.

 

Love Sparks, Part 2: GM Replies

 

 

Three Years Ago: Week 62

Back in October 2014, I read the RPG Corporia. My long blog post for week 62 was another look at my design of The Scholars’ Game. I had been given the chance to play in a game run by another GM. This provided a different perspective on my creation.

 

Marginalia: The Scholars’ Game Revisited

 

 

Four Years Ago: Week 10

Finally, this trawl through the archives reaches 2013. The feature article for week 10 looked at the difference between how the GM feels about the campaign compared to the Players.

 

Asymmetrical Love

 

 

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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