Dec 11

Forgotten Scrolls 64: Week 227


The Forgotten Scrolls series is a weekly look at articles previously published during over 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 three action types outlined in the Shadow of Yesterday RPG. These distinctions help a GM pinpoint the intentions of the Player and describe the outcomes accordingly:


Shadow of Yesterday: Action Types




Last Week: Week 226

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 a sequence of narrative outcomes inspired by the Little Wizards RPG. While I focused on their applications in HeroQuest, the principles apply to any RPG:


Updated: Totally Yes/No & But



Last Month: Week 223

Four weeks ago, I struggled to write with the builders in the house. In that week my long article brought together ideas from two different RPG podcasts. I argue that a GM needs to focus on adding fear beats into the narrative structure, as the Players tend to provide their own hope beats. In the essay I note two areas for injecting a little feat into the narrative:


GM Story Beats



Six Months Ago: Week 201

Further back, in June, I was promoting the 100th issue of my newsletter. The long blog post for week 201 was my annual report from the UK Games Expo. This huge gaming convention is now a regular family outing:




Last Year: Week 175

Stepping back to December 2016, I reviewed my progress in November, which was hampered by the failure of my old laptop. My long article for week 175 was another convention review. This time I reported on Dragonmeet, which had just moved to a new venue:


Dragonmeet 2016 Report: A Bigger Friendly Con



Two Years Ago: Week 123

Winding back another year to December 2015, I promoted the awesome TV Tropes website. This superb site is a regular on my list of top websites. My long article for week 123 was my report on Dragonmeet 2015. It is strange how my favoured conventions align:



Three Years Ago: Week 71

Back in December 2014, I highlighted the excellent design podcast focused on Magic: The Gathering. Three years later, I still enjoy these podcasts by Mark Rosewater. My long blog post for week 71 was my review of this year’s Dragonmeet:


Dragonmeet 2014 Report



Four Years Ago: Week 19

Finally, this trawl through the archives reaches 2013, where I promoted another Kickstarter, this time it was Elfwood, a project that is still yet to deliver. Sometimes this happens with Kickstarters. The feature article for week 19 presented a Social Contract for our campaign. I remember this had been a difficult year for our group, and this was one of our solutions. This essay has since been updated:




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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