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[Tales of a GM] – Love Sparks, Part 2: GM Replies

Love Sparks, Part 2: GM Replies

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 produced a selection of self-published pdfs.

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

http://talesofagm.com/

As I explained last week, the comprehensive Guidance chapter of Sparks RPG is a wonderful source of GM advice from Jason Pitre. This essay builds upon the idea of the character sheet as a love letter to the GM. The focus for today is how the GM should reply to the Player.

Spark RPG

Spark is designed by Jason Pitre, and published by Genesis of Legend Publishing in 2013...

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Quick Generator Creature Concept 2 and RPG Round Up

Quick Generator Creature Concept 2

Sometimes you don’t need an insane amount of tables and charts. You may just need something quick and simple to help flesh out basic details without going overboard on the details. This is where the Quick Generator is helpful, providing you with a simple one-sentence description of a particular subject.

This particular Quick Generator helps you to come up with a concept for a creature or animal that has been twisted, changed or is some other way different to the standard version.

With ten thousand possible combinations, you’re sure to find something that will spark your imagination and creativity.

Example outputs:
Storm Toucan
Protean Skunk
Metallic Camel

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DrivethruRPG

Very soon available at – 

Open Gaming Store

Spend over $20 on EG products at Open Gaming Store and get A BONUS OGS (non-bundle) product (PDF) ABSOLUTELY FREE!

Paizo online stores soon (store links)

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Helpful List Arbitrary Collection 5 and the RPG Round Up

Helpful List Arbitrary Collection 5

Every week on the Ennead Games blog, normally on a Friday, a helpful list of 20 items is posted. These normally follow no set pattern or theme, unless there has been a request for a particular list, but many are based off real-world subjects. Some tables are expanded further into full lists or generators, and others work well just on their own.

The subjects range from names from faraway lands, to what you might call your coins, to weapon names and more. There may be a common theme for the volume, then again, there might not be. They have been brought together into a handy and eclectic collection, a mixture of Fantasy, Sci-Fi and other genres.

The lists are presented “as is”. No details, no long or boring explanations, just a collection of quick and handy tables to help or inspire you.

Arbitrary Collection 5
1 – Accessories
2 – Architecture Styles
3 – Business Type
4 – Castle Parts
5 – Fabric Type
6 – Hair Styles
7 – Lab Equipment
8 – Spy Gear
9 – Tables & Desks
10 – Vegetables

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DrivethruRPG

Very soon available at these online stores

Open Gaming Store (Spend over $20 on EG products at Open Gaming Store and get A BONUS OGS (non-bundle) product (PDF) ABSOLUTELY FREE!)

Paizo

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[Tales of a GM] – Plot vs. Story, Part 3: More Lost Plot

Plot vs. Story, Part 3: More Lost Plot

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 produced a selection of self-published pdfs.

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

http://talesofagm.com/

For the past two weeks I discussed the competing terms “plot” and “story”. For my essay this week, I conclude the mini-series. The topic for today is the GM-focused options for when the Players simply ignore a GM’s carefully crafted plot.

Possible Causes

As noted last week, I see five options for dealing with the problem of Players who refuse to engage with the presen...

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Encounters & Events – Sci-Fi Volume 3 – Planet Types details + the RPG Round Up

Encounters & Events – Sci-Fi Volume 3 – Planet Types

Throughout your adventures, quests and missions, you will run into various individuals and experience odd sometimes random-seeming events and encounters. They might puzzle you, endanger your group or simply be a mystery you can never solve.

This volume of Encounters & Events is themed around what type of planets you may encounter whilst exploring the void, from prison worlds to planets dedicated to farming to planets with an odd quirk to them and more.

Almost all of the entries have a further sub-table associated with it, giving you a few extra options or quick plot hooks to start off your own missions and adventures.

Sample Entry
Birthing World

This world is used by another species to give birth on, to lay their eggs etc. This is due to…

D6 Birthing World
1 Being forced to by another species
2 Biological reasons
3 Environmental Issues on their home world
4 Protection/Hiding from an enemy
5 Religious reasons
6 Tradition

Available now at –

DrivethruRPG

Very soon available at – 

Open Gaming Store and Paizo online stores soon (store links)

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