[Tales of a GM] – The Game Master’s Binder

Phil Nicholls blogs at Tales of a GM, where he writes about narrative gaming, faster prep and more story. He is currently running a HeroQuest Glorantha campaign in a home-brew setting. Phil has written for Johnn Four’s Roleplaying Tips newsletter and has a selection of self-published pdfs.

This essay is taken from the archives at Tales of a GM.


The Game Master’s Binder

The Game Master’s Binder was originally posted as a contribution to the roving Blog Carnival. The host for the month was Scot Newbury at his blog Of Dice and Dragons. The chosen topic was the GM’s Binder.

The Paper Years

My early experiences with being a GM involved paper. Lots, and lots of paper...

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Random List – 20 Ship Names

Got a busy day today with comic con, so here’s a nice simple list of 20 names that could be used for ships, either of the nautical variety or the star-going kind.

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D20 Ship Name
1 AGE Fission
2 BSV Descent of Madness
3 DGM Akbul
4 GNV Contempt of Banephthysdjedet
5 GSV Cannon
6 GSV Siege of Troy
7 GSV Verboaten
8 HGH Sotuknang
9 HMS Hawkins
10 HMV Surrender
11 IPV Gamma
12 IPV Seer
13 ISS Bellahold
14 SS Astral
15 UOS Hiroshima
16 UPS Kothar
17 USS Elementalist
18 USS Greatey
19 USS Vampire
20 WSV Descent of Madness
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A Chunk of SciFi – 2.06 – Project Lazarus [Technology]

A Chunk of SciFi – 2.06 – Project Lazarus

“Congratulations! Due to your amazing contributions to society and the galactic community you have been chosen to take part in Project Lazarus. You may have heard about the Lazarus project on the newsnet and wanted to take part. Well, now you can! Not only will you be ensuring that what makes you what you are lives on after your death, but that humanity and our allies will be able to tap into your knowledge and life experiences as well…”
Welcome letter for Project Lazrus participants.

After losing many valuable citizens in various wars and disasters, several ideas were brought forth on how to preserve and restore lost knowledge if needed...

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A Chunk of Fantasy 2.06 – The Elephant Bow [Artifact]

A Chunk of Fantasy 2.06 – The Elephant Bow

“…and astride the Zhang the elephant he stood, his enemy before him, mocking him. His arrows were spent and all he had was his father’s spear and the bow of his mother. Praying to the gods he asked for their help ad blessing, to stop the abomination before him, for if he did not then it would go on to destroy the town and their temple, where all the children were kept safe. And gods, for they loved him so, answered his prayer. The bow began to vibrate and glow with power, causing him to drop it. Those who were there swore they saw it glow and Zhang then picked it up in her trunk, and it was now the size of a siege weapon...

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[Resource] – Internet Archive

This week’s handy resource is the Internet Archive.

Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

But how can this be used in your game and stories?

The collection is divided up into several tabs –

  1. Web
  2. Texts
  3. Video
  4. Audio
  5. Software
  6. Images

Wth the exception of the web tab, each has featured links and categories within. You can narrow down your search from certain sources and languages. The web tab allows you to “Search the history of over 286 billion web pages on the Internet.”. So if you wanted to see what a certain site looked like when it first started, this is the place to go. For example – here what Ennead Games looked like on January 28th, 2011.

The major downside to a site like this, in my opinion, is that you have to ...

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