Creativity sprees incoming – World Anvil Summer Camp and RPGaDay

Every July, WorldAnvil hold their Summer Camp, and Autocratik has just announced this year’s RPGaDay. I have taken part to various degrees over the past few years and plan to take part again this year. What are they, and why should you care? WorldAnvil Summer Camp WorldAnvil is an online worldbuilding tool, where you can … Continue reading Creativity sprees incoming – World Anvil Summer Camp and RPGaDay

Has magic become too ubiquitous?

I will return to the theme of disability and prosthetics next week, but for now here’s something completely different which has been brewing for a while. Regular readers of my blog will know that I started off playing D&D in the 80s with the BECMI boxed sets and Mystara gazetteers, then had a long break, … Continue reading Has magic become too ubiquitous?

The Secrets of Skyhorn Lighthouse – a rethinking of module layout

We're working through The Secrets of Skyhorn Lighthouse by Kelsey Dionne of The Arcane Library right now. It's an interesting take, trying to set things up more easily for GMs to run. Or as it says in the introduction: This adventure is meant to be run at a glance with minimal preparation and a natural … Continue reading The Secrets of Skyhorn Lighthouse – a rethinking of module layout

RPGaDay2020 Day 28: Close – close shaves in BECMI and 5e

The RPGaDay2020 prompts in a map by dunroaminpress Yesterday in RPGaDay2020 we looked at the flavour of potions and differences between versions of D&D. Today the theme is Close. Let's look at another difference between editions of D&D. Specifically the close shave. Those moments when characters almost die, but manage to survive. Back in the … Continue reading RPGaDay2020 Day 28: Close – close shaves in BECMI and 5e

RPGaDay2020 Day 17: Comfort – how often do/should you push yourself out of your comfort zone?

The RPGaDay2020 prompts in a map by dunroaminpress Yesterday in RPGaDay2020 I discussed making your descriptions dramatic. Today the theme is Comfort, and I'd like to look at Comfort zones. Everything is challenging to start with - think about your first day at school, or your first driving lesson, or your first time creating a … Continue reading RPGaDay2020 Day 17: Comfort – how often do/should you push yourself out of your comfort zone?

RPGaDay2020 Day 16: Dramatic

The original RPGaDay2020 prompts graphic by @WillBrooks1989 Yesterday in RPGaDay2020 I looked at how the GM's descriptions frame the experience for the players. Today the theme is Dramatic. This seems to me to be related. As a GM, how do you make the adventure dramatic? Hint: it's not by making everything a life-and-death battle. Drama … Continue reading RPGaDay2020 Day 16: Dramatic

RPGaDay2020 Day 15: Frame – framing the situation for the players

The RPGaDay2020 prompts in a map by dunroaminpress Yesterday in RPGaDay2020 I looked at a potential banner for the Toney House in Akorros. Today the theme is Frame. As a GM, what we include and exclude from our descriptions frames the players' interaction with the game and determines their engagement and approach. Give the players … Continue reading RPGaDay2020 Day 15: Frame – framing the situation for the players