Tag Archives: writing

16
Jan

New YT Series – It’s In the Cards

Writer’s block? Need a quick method to generate a storyline or adventure for your next game? Obsidian Portal’s Conan_Lybarian has a new technique. Find some trading cards or an old CCG and follow a few simple rules – It’s In the Cards!

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?

2
Sep

Haste! On Adventure Writing Hacks, Signature Monsters, and Depression

[powerpress] | Episode 120|

Announcements

  • Vanguard wrap up, huge thanks to all who participated and congrats to Wolfhound on winning the huge prize pack. Bits and pieces will be on their way soon!
  • New Backgrounds are up, more soon!
  • Having just recovered from con crud, we will be judging the Summer of Flames contest soon.

17
Apr

Haste! W/ guest host freelance writer Steve Townshend: Ultimate Campaign, Steamscapes, 13th Age Bestiary, Improving Adventure Modules and more!

[powerpress] | Episode 80 |

Announcements

Tonight we’re joined by Freelance Writer Steve Townshend to talk to him about all of his recent projects – including Pathfinder Ultimate Campaign, Steamscapes, 13th Age Bestiary, and Owlbear Run. Also, one of our fellow portallers has released a book that was created from a world he started right here on Obsidian Portal! So be sure to check out G. Derek Adams’s Spell/Sword!

24
Oct

Haste w/ d20Monkey, d20Monkey Kickstarter, NaGaDeMon, and the Midgard Campaign Setting!

[powerpress] | Episode 61 |

Announcements

Micah and I have firmed up some of our “Sipstarter” ideas and will have more info for you guys in the week(s) to come. Now, onto the topics!

23
Mar

Stuck? Roll Some Dice – Spark Ideas, Kill Writers Block

Tools of the Trade

I’ve been using a lot of accessories for writing and adventure design lately, among my many tools, a few of my favorites have been the Fourthcore Alphabet and the Deck of Many Things from Madness at Gardmore Abbey. I’ve also been using some miscellaneous bits on things like cryptography, numerology, and puzzles from online sources. Using stuff like this makes for a really interesting mix of dungeon scenarios, plot hooks, fun challenges, and lots of other stuff.

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