Nov 05

Forgotten Scrolls 59: Week 222


The Forgotten Scrolls series is a weekly look at articles previously published during my 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 distinction between plot and story. Keeping these two principles separate helps the narrative flow:


Plot vs. Story, Part 1: Narrative Responsibilities




Last Week: Week 221

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 presented ways a GM can use films to improve their game:


Updated: Film as RPG Research



Last Month: Week 218

Four weeks ago, I noted there were only eight weeks left until this year’s Dragonmeet. In that week my long article presented a method for stringing together multiple story arcs into a long-term campaign. This technique developed from my love of the SF novels of CJ Cherryh:


The Story Arc Campaign Structure



Six Months Ago: Week 196

Further back, in May, I highlighted the presence of the Tales of a GM Tipjar, an excellent way for you to help support the blog. The long blog post for week 196 was an excerpt from the introduction to my book Fantasy Mook Traits, a useful set of tables to help the GM distinguish their horde of mooks:




Last Year: Week 170

Stepping back to November 2016, where I was running my Versatile Vehicles contest. My long article for week 170 promoted another one of my books. This week I previewed Heroic Nicknames with an extract focused on colour-related nicknames, just one small section of this long book dedicated to creating interesting fantasy names:




Two Years Ago: Week 118

Winding back another year to November 2015, I celebrated 200 sessions of my Tales of the Hero Wars campaign. My long article for week 118 was an exploration of the RPG Shadow of Yesterday, and how the bringing down the pain rule could be adapted for HeroQuest:


Shadow of Yesterday, Part 1: Bringing Down the Pain



Three Years Ago: Week 66

Back in November 2014, I supported the Kickstarter for Play Dirty 2. My long blog post for week 66 was an overview of my prep schedule, and ways to improve the process. This article has since been updated:


Updated: Mr Micawber and Game Prep: Trimming Your Schedule



Four Years Ago: Week 14

Finally, this trawl through the archives reaches 2013, where I backed yet another Kickstarter, this time for The Strange. The feature article in week 14 was written as part of Teach Your Kids to Game Week. My boys were too young for RPGs in 2013, so I reviewed the awesome One Banana, Two Banana from Orchard Toys:


One Banana, Two Geeks



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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