Encounters—The Meat of the Adventure

Welcome to week three of New Gamemaster Month! If you’re just jumping in, don’t fret—it’s not too late. You have a bit of catching up to do, but nothing you can’t handle. More on how to catch up at the bottom of this post. This week we continue to explore the rules and setting, and develop our thinking about the adventure. Encounters! First, let’s talk about encounters. Encounters, sometimes referred to as scenes, are the meat of your adventure. As mentioned last week, an encounter is a point in your adventure where something happens, and usually where the characters (and …

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Let’s Have a Look at the Adventure!

This is the fourth installment of New Gamemaster Month! On Tuesday, we started digging into the rules and setting of our games. Developing a basic fluency in these topics—without sweating the details too much—gives you a foundation for keeping your game sessions flowing at a brisk and enjoyable pace, and allows you to form and run with your creative ideas and those of your players without the distraction of wrestling with unfamiliar rules. So if that’s the foundation, what do we build upon it? The adventure, of course! What Is an Adventure, Really? An RPG adventure is a planned series …

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It’s Week Two! Let’s Talk Setting and Rules

Welcome to the third installment of New Gamemaster Month! This week we’re going to spend a little bit of time learning the rules and setting of your chosen game, and a little time digging into the adventure you’re going to run. Let’s do the rules and setting first, then look at the adventure in Thursday’s activity. But first, a note about how all this relates to other roleplaying games. Just This Game? When we go into the rules and setting in this program, we’re going to be talking about the game you’ve chosen: Numenera, Unknown Armies, Trail of Cthulhu, RuneQuest, …

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Initial Planning for Your Game Session

Welcome to the second installment of New Gamemaster Month! In our last post, we introduced the idea behind New Gamemaster Month and asked you to get your hands on the corebook for your game of choice. If you’re just joining the program, go back and read that post. Then click your way back here and read on! Today we’re going to delve into some of the specifics of preparing for your first session. Before we do, though, I want to touch on one topic: Is It Always This Much Work? We’re going to spend a month getting you ready for …

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Welcome, and Let’s Get Started!

During New Gamemaster Month, we’re going to give you the skills and confidence to become a GM. We’ll guide you through the process of understanding the rules, the setting, and your first adventure, and by the end of it you’re going to run a game—and love it! Gamemastering. To some gamers, it seems to come naturally, but to others—longtime veterans of gaming, as well as newbies just entering the hobby—it’s a bit intimidating. But running an RPG can be an incredible joy, and GMs keep our hobby thriving and growing. That’s why we created New Gamemaster Month. If you’ve ever …

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How Can I Get Started NOW?

Hi, and welcome to the New Gamemaster Month program! New Gamemaster Month is January, and we’ll have our first session on January 4th. Why not right at the start of the month? Well, some people are still recovering from the holidays, or are super-busy returning to work or school. Others need a few days to settle into their New Year’s resolutions—becoming a GM might be one of them. And the 4th gives us plenty of time in January to run through the program, with the final session on January 27th—leading straight into the weekend of January 28th, which is when you’ll …

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