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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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[Tales of a GM] – Plot vs. Story, Part 2: Losing the Plot

Plot vs. Story, Part 2: Losing the 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/

Last week I began a discussion of the competing terms “plot” and “story”. The topic for today explores what happens if the Players simply ignore a GM’s carefully crafted plot. There can be many reasons for this, both Player-focused and plot-focused.

The temptation for some GMs might be to railroad the story back to their chosen plot...

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[Tales of a GM] – Plot vs. Story, Part 1 : Narrative Responsibilities

Plot vs. Story, Part 1 : Narrative Responsibilities

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/

Any discussion of roleplaying often uses the terms “plot” and “story”, sometimes interchangeably. As a narrative GM, I value these principles highly. Yet, it strikes me that people often mean different things by these labels. Quibbling over the meaning of labels fuels many heated debate on the forums...

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[Tales of a GM] – Rules Widgets

Rules Widgets

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/

House Rules, we all have them. I suspect most GMs apply one or more House Rules to their game. My Tales of the Hero Wars campaign is full of House Rules, and I am sure your game is too.

Rules Widget

The Rules Widget is a way of framing a House Rule, in an attempt to approach the process with the right mindset. Effectively, by introducing a House Rule, we become co-Designers of the rules at our table...

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[Tales of a GM] – Text Quest: Play-by-Forum at RPG Geek

Text Quest: Play-by-Forum at RPG Geek

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/

One of the most common pieces of advice given to GMs who want to improve their craft is to join a game as a Player. I struggle to find the time for my Tales of the Hero Wars campaign, so it would be difficult to schedule another regular game. Therefore, I joined a play-by-forum (pbf) game at RPG Geek. This essay reviews my initial experiences with the game.

RPG Geek

I am sure yo...

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