You gotta hate it when the world goes to hell… well, usually. Sometimes it’s not so bad. Sometimes, it’s downright awesome! Like when it’s Gamma World 2754 – December’s Campaign of the Month! So get your post-apocalyptic on and join me for a ride around the wasteland of the 28th century with Omegabase, the GameMaster of this outstanding campaign.
Lift your eyes to the sky… and tremble, for we are not alone. The invasion is underway, and they are among us. The fate of humanity hangs in the balance, and the world will never be the same again. In this time of conflict, we need X-Com: Defiance – November’s Campaign of the Month! Prepare yourself, then join me as I discuss the state of affairs with cgregory, one of the GameMasters behind this classic.
Welcome to Luskan old friend, known as the “City of Sails”. If you’ll just follow me I’ll take you straight to my ship. Wouldn’t want anyone to get a good look at you. The Captains don’t know your face yet, and trust me when I say you want to keep it that way. Oh don’t worry, you’re safe enough – as long as you don’t have any enemies that you didn’t tell me about. Last thing I need is to find out you’ve got some sort of Archnemesis – October’s Campaign of the Month! Now, climb aboard and we’ll get underway. Once we’ve left port I’ll introduce you to whozyourdm, the GameMaster for this fine vessel of a campaign.
An era of exploration! A place of adventure! Follow along as a troupe of intrepid survivors muster their courage for the dangers ahead! Dangers from the… Age of Serpents – September’s Campaign of the Month! Join me as I trek through the “Tropes of the Jungle” with Jim_Mount, the GameMaster of this Jungle Opera!
When running a campaign for my players, one of the things that I always aspire to achieve is honest to goodness character progression on the part of the PCs – not the levels, feats or experience points, but the fundamental shift in who the characters are at the conclusion of the adventure. As a GameMaster, it’s one of the things I use to decide if the campaign was a success or a failure. Did it change how the players viewed the characters they created at the outset? or did it merely scroll by sideways while they beat down enemies and grabbed power ups like in Super Mario Bros.?
It can be a difficult thing to pull off, because you aren’t simply telling the players a story like with a book or a movie. Your tale is a collaborative one, shaped as much by the players as by you. Sure, the core events remain intact: they save the princess, they drop the One Ring into the fire, whatever the case may be; But how profoundly the story impacts the characters (and by extension the players) ultimately comes down to two things:
- How invested the players are in portraying their characters.
- How invested you are in making your PCs into Bagginses
Once upon a time, a GameMaster was running a campaign for a group of players. He had worked very hard each week, spending considerable amounts of time preparing so that every single session was as immersive an experience as he could manage. All of his NPCs had descriptions, with performed voices and mannerisms to match. Every location was unique, well described and distinguishable. Some might even say he had gone too far, as the campaign he had originally said should last around four months was already in its eighth session and had barely scratched the surface of his plot.
Despite this unintentionally protracted time table, all was well and the players were enjoying the fruits of his work. He knew this to be true because he had solicited their feedback at the end of each of the previous seven game sessions. On this night, the PCs would be investigating an inn that was rumored to be haunted after murders had taken place within. As the troupe moved through the city, he turned to one player in particular and said “As the party moves through the city streets toward the inn, you see a face pass by in the crowd that you immediately recognize… it’s Alison.”
The player cocked his head to one side and responded, clearly confused “Who?”