Tag: Narrative

Oct 27

Character Generation is Play

  For the Players, the first stage of a story arc is to generate the Heroes. When the rules are familiar, this process may occur alone. Character generation feels like an exam for the Players to pass before the fun of roleplaying can begin. At other times, the GM may schedule one-to-one meetings to walk …

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Oct 20

Eternal Heroes

  In a recent essay, I explored the story arc campaign structure. This narrative style was inspired by the SF novels of CJ Cherryh. This looping method of building a story also allows me to import another trope from one of my favourite fantasy writers. The concept of the eternal champion from the works of …

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Oct 06

The Story Arc Campaign Structure

    My Tales of the Hero Wars campaign has been running strong for 200 sessions spread over at least seven years. In that time we played six story arcs which weave around the central plot of the setting. This layered campaign approach is different from the conventional linear campaign, which follows the same band …

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Sep 23

A GM Reads: The Difference Engine

  My revised reading challenge for 2017 is to focus on what a GM can take from the books I read. I lift out characters, events, creatures, plots or themes from each book. As a GM, you still need to read the book to gain the most benefit, but each review brings a few ideas …

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Sep 18

A GM Reads: Seven Wonders

  My revised reading challenge for 2017 is to focus on what a GM can take from the books I read. I lift out characters, events, creatures, plots or themes from each book. As a GM, you still need to read the book to gain the most benefit, but each review brings a few ideas …

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