Nov 19

Forgotten Scrolls 61: Week 224


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 GM-focused options when the Players ignore a prepared plot hook:


Plot vs. Story, Part 3: More Lost Plot




Last Week: Week 223

Another weekly series of relevance is where I post an Updated article on the blog. This essay previously appeared at Ennead Games, but now returns home. Last week’s Updated article presented the ideas from the Little Wizards RPG aimed at creating an interesting narrative when the Heroes fail at a task:


Updated: Making Failure Interesting



Last Month: Week 220

Four weeks ago, I highlighted the approaching deadline for the latest round of the Warlock’s Journal contest. In that week my long article presented a technique for weaving Eternal Champion-style Heroes into an RPG. There cannot be many essays which combine Michael Moorcock and John Wick:


Eternal Heroes



Six Months Ago: Week 198

Further back, in May, I was a mere two weeks away from Games Expo. The long blog post for week 198 was my ninth contribution to the February Blog Carnival. This week I discussed those encounters which do not feature a contest. This can provide a welcome change of pace in a game:


February ‘17 Carnival: Improv Encounters 9, No Contests



Last Year: Week 172

Stepping back to November 2016, my new laptop arrived and I began the process of settling into the new machine. I am still really pleased with the functionality of this laptop. My long article for week 172 was uploaded while I was still borrowing my wife’s laptop, so was an updated article exploring my beloved method of brainstorming setting in partnership with the Players:


Updated: Brainstorming Locations with Players



Two Years Ago: Week 120

Winding back another year to November 2015, I was just two weeks away from Dragonmeet. My long article for week 120 was a Blog Carnival essay presenting an overview of the tools I use to allow the game to surprise me:


RPG Blog Carnival: Narrative Surprise



Three Years Ago: Week 68

Back in November 2014, I brainstormed a species of bipedal bats. My long blog post for week 68 was another spawned by Ron Edwards’ Trollbabe. This week I explored the types of action recognised by the Trollbabe rules:


Trollbabe and Actions: Setting the Parameters of Contests



Four Years Ago: Week 16

Finally, this trawl through the archives reaches 2013, where I backed the Kickstarter for Ryuutama, a Japanese storytelling RPG. The feature article in week 16 was connected to the voting for my first Warlock’s Journal contest.



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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