Nov 13

Forgotten Scrolls 60: Week 223

 

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 options for the GM when the Players ignore the prepared plot. This week, I described the Player-focused options:

 

Plot vs. Story, Part 2: Losing the Plot

 

 

Last Week: Week 222

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 an overview of Jason Pitre’s advice from Spark RPG:

 

Updated: Seven Principles of Storytelling

 

 

Last Month: Week 219

Four weeks ago, I struggled with my blog schedule. In that week my long article was my contribution to the October Blog Carnival. I wrote about my habit of switching out a d20 if it rolls either a 20 or a 1:

 

Oct ‘17 Carnival: GM Superstition

 

 

Six Months Ago: Week 197

Further back, in May, I reviewed the card game Hero Realms. The long blog post for week 197 was my eighth contribution to the February Blog Carnival. This week I discussed the types of contest which might arise in an encounter:

 

February ‘17 Carnival: Improv Encounters 8, Contests

 

 

Last Year: Week 171

Stepping back to November 2016, I reach the point where my old laptop finally broke. My long article for week 171 explored John Wick’s advice for presenting exposition to the Players. This can be achieved with more integration with the setting than is normally applied:

 

Setting Exposition 7th Sea Style

 

 

Two Years Ago: Week 119

Winding back another year to November 2015, I celebrated Tech Your Kids to Game week. My long article for week 119 was a second one arising from the RPG Shadow of Yesterday. This week I explored action types in RPGs:

 

Shadow of Yesterday, Part 2: Action Types

 

 

Three Years Ago: Week 67

Back in November 2014, I reviewed the amazing Impro book about theatre improvisation. My long blog post for week 67 was another Blog Carnival submission. This time I discussed an unusual species for my setting which was developed by one of my Players:

 

November RPG Blog Carnival: Species in RPGs

 

 

Four Years Ago: Week 15

Finally, this trawl through the archives reaches 2013, where I was counting down to Dragonmeet. The feature article in week 15 was written as part of yet another Blog Carnival. Here I explore the dramatic sequence of events which crashed the second story arc of my long-running campaign. The group of friends was shattered by the events described here:

 

Betrayal in the Throne Room?

 

 

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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