Author Archives: Kallak

15
Nov

Tabletop Tidbits: Dirty Cop – A Case Study of the Narrative Danger of a Hasty “Yes”

One of the classic lessons taught to new GameMasters early on by various guide books and resources is what I refer to as the Benevolency Rule. The basic premise goes like this: As the GM, it’s your game, and you have the right to say no when your players make requests for things relating to the campaign; However, in the spirit of being a fair referee (not to mention a good friend), you should try to say yes unless you have a specific reason not to. It’s generally a solid rule of thumb, but what it doesn’t state is that utilizing that “try to say yes” attitude without proper care can produce circumstances that could adversely affect the game.

31
Oct

Weekly Site Update – October 31, 2018

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23
Oct

Obsidian Portal Campaign of the Month October 2018 – A Matter of France

Few are the legends that approach the greatness of Charlemagne and his Paladins. Bold warriors in fierce battles; Mythic deeds told in song. Such events are more than just a matter of fable or folklore. They are a matter of foundation; of history. They are A Matter of France – October’s Campaign of the Month! So steel your courage, for destiny awaits – destiny and GM sirlarkins!

5
Oct

Tabletop Tidbits: The Measure of Success in Relation to the Mental Movie

One of the things people often say about success is that it’s a state of mind. The basic idea being that if you think of yourself as a success, or in terms of success, then that positive outlook will assist you in overcoming obstacles and you’ll start being more successful. With respects to GameMastering, I always sort of translated this premise as the mood I was in when writing. If I was “in the zone” while working on my game, then surely that would find its way into the material, and eventually into the presentation of the campaign itself.

6
Sep

Obsidian Portal Campaign of the Month September 2018 – Shadows of the Rift

It’s hard to think of what Zaldara must have been like, before. Before The Rivening cut the land in two. I’ve heard stories that the source of that cataclysmic event lies on the eastern half, in the wastelands that few dare to tread, and none do so lightly. There’s a darkness there, something that dwells in the deepest of shadows; the Shadows of the Rift – September’s Campaign of the Month! A journey to the wastes is not for the feint of heart, so we’ll have to make preparations. I’ll take you to pencilneckgeek, the GameMaster of this sundered place.

31
Aug

Tabletop Tidbits: Adding Perception Filters to Your GM Toolbox

A druid, a rogue and a paladin walk into a tavern…” At this point most people begin thinking about the sorts of punchlines that might go to a joke with that opening. But the better use of time for the typical GameMaster is to start imagining, and asking questions. What time of day is it? What sort of folk live in the town? Are they well-off? God-fearing? How long has it been since the druid last set foot inside a settlement? These sorts of questions get the mind going in a much more useful direction, and will lead to an examination of the key perception filters at play.

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