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[Tales of a GM] – An Invasive Species

An Invasive Species

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.

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This essay is another written for the travelling Blog Carnival. For this month, the carnival was hosted by Hereticwerks, where the chosen topic was invasive species.

Eight White & White Blood

I wrote about an unusual invasive species revealed during play in my Tales of the Hero Wars campaign...

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[Tales of a GM] – The Mechanical Limitations of Interludes

The Mechanical Limitations of Interludes

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.

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As regular Readers of Tales of a GM know, I frequently run interlude sessions in my Tales of a Hero Wars campaign. An interlude works very much like a flashback sequence in a film, as it focuses upon another set of characters, or time frame. I typically use a fresh set of rules to help differentiate the interlude from the ongoing campaign...

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Tales of a GM – Villa Catacombs, Part 2: Bringing it all Together

Villa Catacombs, Part 2: Bringing it all Together

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.

http://talesofagm.com/

 

In the previous essay, I walked through the process of brainstorming the background to the catacombs beneath a villa. The next step was to look at all of the ratings we created together, and pick out those elements to include in the tombs. Working from the larger areas down to the catacombs themselves, this gave me the following components to our hole in the ground:

  • Everc...
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[Tales of a GM] – Villa Catacombs, Part 1: Brainstorming Background

Villa Catacombs, Part 1: Brainstorming Background

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.

This essay was originally written for the June 2014 RPG Blog Carnival hosted by Fitz at Moebius Adventures. Fitz described the Carnival topic as “What’s in the hole?” Here I walk through the initial process of creating an underground complex in my Tales of the Hero Wars campaign. An underground setting, such as the archetypal dungeon, is essentially a big, inhabited hole...

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[Tales of a GM] – A Taste of Summer

A Taste of Summer

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.

Tales of a GM hosted the June 2015 RPG Blog Carnival. I chose the seasonally appropriate topic of Summerland as my theme. In this, my fourth essay on the topic, I offer suggestions on how to use summer foods to evoke your setting.

Seasonal Foods

In the modern West we are mainly sheltered from seasonal variations. Most food is available throughout the year, often imported from around the world...

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