Author: Nathan

GM Advice

I am heading to my FLGS, Good Games Newcastle, tomorrow night to talk game mastering. The pitch is for Dungeon Mastering, but good game mastering is good game mastering, no matter what game you love to play: Want to have a chat about world building, character development, story arcs or more to do with your game. Come on in for a cosy sit down chat with other DM’s to discuss the great game and all its facets. This is the place to get help, talk out what is bugging you and more. Attending on the night will be some...

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GM Advice: World Building

Sometimes, as a GM, running in an established world / universe is nice and easy. We’ve read the novels, seen the films and purchased all the supplements that reveal the deepest secrets of the most sinister organisations of the setting. When you tell your players they see a Jedi, they know what you mean. When the Red Wizards of Thay turn up, the players know what they’re in for. When a kender walks by, they check their pockets! A lot of the heavy lifting has been done by someone else, and you get the pleasure of reading the background details and...

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GM Advice: 3 Questions to ask before play

Starting a new roleplaying game is always exciting, but, as keen as i am to just get into telling exciting stores, I always take a moment to address a few things. I like to kick things off with a conversation so everyone is on the same page. Even when playing with people I know really well i find this a useful exercise. To help me guide this conversation (and ensure I don’t forget anything), I keep three questions in mind; 1. What are the player’s expectations? First and foremost, everyone at the table needs to be clear about why everyone...

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Roundup, May 2017

As it is almost half-way through the year I thought it was high-time I gave a quick overview of what I have been up to. Every year seems to get busier and busier as I take on more responsibility at my day job, try to be a good dad and husband, and get some creative stuff done, too! The standout achievements have been varied so far this year, so let’s take a look at them: Website overhaul(s) If you’re here and reading this, then you may well have noticed this site has had a complete overhaul in terms of...

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Sci-Fi Simpit

I’ve been trying to juggle my free time lately between playing games, writing and my top-secret side-project: building a simpit! “Simpit” is short for “simulation cockpit”, an environment designed to replicate the cockpit of a vehicle, such as an aircraft or car. Now, I don’t play many flight sims or even car racing games, but I do love me some space fighter and giant robot action! So I embarked on building a fully-enclosed box to play games in. I’m pretty happy with the overall results – it certainly feels like a cockpit of some sort when you are sitting in it....

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