Author Archives: Jynx001

17
Sep

Obsidian Portal has a Discord!

Special thanks to Keryth987 and the many users who promoted the idea and gave their support – we now have a Discord server for OP! Use this invite link to get in, talk about games, promote your projects, and chat with the OP team. See you there!

19
May

How to Write and Reveal Story Secrets

Stories of discovery revolve around uncovering secrets. If you’re having trouble building secrets for your tales of adventure, follow this checklist:

  1. What is the secret?
  2. Why is this information a secret?
  3. Hook: How do the Players get pulled into the investigation?
  4. Who knows the secret and what are they willing to do to keep it?
  5. How are you teasing the secret?
  6. What do the Players think is going on?
  7. Reveal: How will they find out the truth and how is this dangerous?
  8. Reaction: How might the Players and others react to the revelation?
  9. How does the revelation change people and the rest of the story?
  10. Re-Write: What do you need to edit to make the reveal even better?

14
Jan

Group Beta #52 — Barrel Pirates

2
Jan

Nerd News — 2020 Convention List

Happy New Year, from Obsidian Portal! Resolve yourself to attend an RPG or Board Game convention in 2020 with this Map and Master List, courtesy of the hard work of Casual Game Revolution!

For our UK and Ireland friends, here’s a spreadsheet focused on your region, and a Map to go with it!

We hope you have a wonderful 2020 and lots of gaming fun! Please let us know in the comments if your favorite convention isn’t on the list so we can share the news.

17
Dec

Group Beta #51 — Half Fork

3
Dec

Don’t Wait — Just Play

How many games have we skipped because we had a couple of players missing? How many first sessions of a campaign have we delayed due to absence or scheduling snafu? If you’ve been playing tabletop games for more than a few weeks, you’ve almost certainly run into this annoying truth – real life gets in the way of RPG’s. And it never gets easier to get a group together.

So, here’s my advice: Life is short. Don’t wait. Just start playing.

 

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