It is still August, right? No? Oh well, I've started, so I'll finish... Well, I've had plenty of time for my play style to evolve, but my "play" has always been as a DM. I started in the early 80s as a teenager with the Basic set, quickly expanded to include Expert, Companion, Master and … Continue reading #RPGaDay2018: Day 13 – Describe how your play has evolved
Ooo. Well, I'm only a GM nowadays, so I don't tend to create characters to play. So my character concepts are NPCs. I've already talked about the depressed mud mephit, and I'm rather wary of talking about some of the other wild NPCs because the players don't yet know everything and might read this... So … Continue reading #RPGaDay2018: Day 12 – your wildest character concept
I'm not really one for wild character names myself - I try to make them fit the region they come from, so they tend to be inspired by names from one or other nation in this world. So I'm going to have to defer to players in my games instead. Possibly my wildest names so … Continue reading #RPGaDay2018: Day 11 – what’s your wildest character name
Hmmm. Interesting one. Not something I think about... Let me think back a couple of years to before my children got me back into D&D. Scottish Country dancing was my hobby, but due to a bad political experience I'd been pretty much put off it. At work I was on a phased return on a … Continue reading #RPGaDay2018: Day 10 – how has gaming changed you?
Part of https://www.facebook.com/RPGaDAY/ I've got two different answers here. For the first one - my first session with the group I dropped in the swamp really surprised me because they were so much more interactive than any other groups I've experienced before. They were talking to the NPCs, asking questions, interacting. A couple of them even … Continue reading #RPGaDay2018: Day 9 – How has a game surprised you?
Okay, I'm jumping ahead out of order. But my plans for tomorrow night are interesting, and this is still a late post 🙂 So I've mentioned how I've got two Monday night groups going. And I mentioned due to life changes both groups have reduced in number. So tomorrow night I combine the two groups. The … Continue reading #RPGaDay2018: Day 16 – Describe your plans for your next game
Ah yes - the perennial question for all groups and hobbies. There are so many competing options out there that persuading people to start doing [my-favourite-passtime] is always a challenge. And D&D requires quite an investment in time to play properly. Not so much in getting started, but a session takes up several hours, and … Continue reading #RPGaDay2018: Day 8 – How can we get more people playing?
I had to answer this on the fly recently. You may remember I introduced my new group by dropping them into a swamp where they met Druht, a depressed mud mephit. Druht disappeared when a horde of lizardfolk surrounded them and took them capture, and then held them in a hut at the back of … Continue reading #RPGaDay2018: Day 7 – How can a GM make the stakes important?
I never really thought about this until a few months ago when I took over as GM for a group whose GM had evaporated. This is a very different group to any I had GMed for before. They go out of their way to interact with the characters around them, and that inspires me to … Continue reading #RPGaDay2018: Day 6 – How can players make a world seem real?
That's an easy one. I have found Clifton Caldwell the most useful NPC to date. He featured in the very first 5e campaign I ran for my family two years ago, and he is still acting as goal doner and gold owner to this day. According to B9 Castle Caldwell and Beyond, Clifton Caldwell is … Continue reading #RPGaDay2018: Day 5 – What (who) is your favourite recurring NPC?