[Tales of a GM] – Minimal Prep and Time Requirements

Minimal Prep and Time Requirements

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.


I received the following comment from edige23 in a response to my original article about Juggling Time:

What do you consider minimal prep? About how much time would you estimate you spend getting ready for any particular session. I’ve seen different GMs talk about this and have wildly differing senses of what that means...

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Random List – Iconic Tourist Attractions

Despite what many many believe, tourist attracts can bring in much-needed money into the areas that call them home. They can help to show off the countries cultural identity and in some cases become an icon for them abroad.

The ones in the list below are, I feel, the most iconic attraction for the given location. Some places, like the USA, have several that they are known for, but I’ve put one for each country

Disagree with this list? Think something else should have gone on it? Post in the comments section or on the social media platform you saw this article.

D20 Tourist Attraction
1 Angkor Wat – Angkor – Cambodia
2 Basilica of Guadalupe – Mexico City – Mexico
3 Christ the Redeemer – Rio de Janeiro – Brazil
4 Colosseum – Rome – Italy
5 Eiffel Tower – Paris – France
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A Chunk of SciFi – 2.01 – Funganoid [Plant/Fungus]

A Chunk of SciFi – 2.01 – Funganoid [Plant/Fungus]

“I’d not seen Claire in a few days. In her last report, she said she had found something she thinks could change the face of our profession. When I found her I was, well surprised was not the answer. There was two of them…her.., lying on the ground, covered in a fine dust. The stuff made me sneeze badly, like when I had hay fever as a kid. With the solar storm getting worse we had no time to decide who was who so the rest of the search party took them both back to the ship. The real Claire was fine, but the duplicate was…well..off.She was very pale and reacted badly to one of the test. And when i say reacted badly I mean she exploded into a cloud of spore…”

Many beings think that plants and fungus are essentially harmless...

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A Chunk of Fantasy 2.01 Dissipating Armour [Spell]

A Chunk of Fantasy 2.01 Dissipating Armour [Spell]

“Now young one, listen well. See the Bert over there? He’s a good friend of mine and offered to help me in teaching you this spell. The typical warrior is a deadly foe for us mages to go u against in combat. They have weapons, tactics and what else? Correct! They have armour. Bert is wearing some old armour we got for cheap for this purpose as I don’t want to ruin the set he normally wears. Watch carefully. See the way I move my hands as I utter the words. With the final gesture, I cast the spell towards Bert. Now it’ll take a few seconds to start working..see..his armour appears to be dissolving away like dust in wi…Bert by the gods, how many times have I told you to wear something under your armour!”

Spell Type – Armor/protection removal

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Wild West Name & Nickname Generator now live

A new generator this week – Wild West Names & Nicknames.

This generator uses information originally found in “Wild West Names & Nicknames” and can be purchased here at DrivethruRPG and Open Gaming Store.

Wild West Names
# Female Names Male Names
#1 Leontine “Ugly” Quimby Corneilius “Dirty” Divine
#2 Amy “Kiowa” Herington Porter “Snake” O’Fallan
#3 Ruth “One-Gun ” Kingsolver Fred “Lagger” O’Leary
#4 Eudora “Durango” Creagen Bennet “Hondo” Enders
#5 Emilie “Turkey Creek” Dewolf Frank “Deadwood” Greenwood
#6 Hazel “Wichitaw” O’Brian Galen “Bushwack” Pembleton
#7 Greta “Gold-rush” Hefner Edd “Cheyenne” Peasley
#8 Georgia “King” O’Harra Virgil “Tombstone” O’Hara
#9 Dolores “Stone River” Heyatt Marshall “Calamity” Hatcher
#10 Anne “Huckleberry” O’Connor Church “Buckski...
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