Tag: Robin D. Laws

Nov 10

GM Story Beats

  The genesis of this essay was an unexpected connection between two roleplaying podcasts I listened to in quick succession last week. Both discussed narrative rhythm and the way the GM can subtly influence the mood at the table. We all know how a good story is composed of a sequence of successes and failures. These …

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Oct 30

Updated: Film as RPG Research

  Another of my pastimes is watching films. Like many of you, I have a growing DVD collection. Mine has a selection of Geek classics, along with a few non-genre titles. As well as watching for pleasure, a good film is also research for both my writing and gaming. The parallel between film and fiction …

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Apr 16

Forgotten Scrolls 30: Week 193

  The Forgotten Scrolls series is a weekly look at articles previously published during my three-and-a-half 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 …

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Apr 09

Forgotten Scrolls 29: Week 192

  The Forgotten Scrolls series is a weekly look at articles previously published during my three-and-a-half 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 …

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Apr 03

Updated: DramaSystem & Setting Creation

  A regular part of our preparations for every campaign story arc is the creation of a relationship web. My Players and I use part of the character creation process from DramaSystem to map out relationship networks.   Collaborative Creation Player collaboration is my favourite world-building method. In my continual search for faster prep, the …

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