Category: Game Mastering

Roses, Thorns, and Buds

When asking for feedback, there are a plethora of approaches. So many, that I’m not going to even try to list them, let alone dive into them. Some will work for you; many will not work for you at all. You’ll need to track down various systems and see what works for you. Today, however,...

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RPG Group Formation

Recently on an episode of Pandas Talking Games, my co-host, Senda, and I were talking about the topic of managing changes in campaigns and talked about changes in group dynamics and their effects on group formation and performance. As it turns out, more times than not, this topic overlaps with my...

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Side Quests That Matter

In my previous article about side quests, I talked about “Side Quests for the Fun of It.” In this article, I’m going to talk about side quests, but from a slightly different angle. This time, I’ll be talking about side quests that directly matter to your main plot. Even...

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Losing Focus

A few weeks ago, I tweeted this… Just curious… in this whatever part of the pandemic we are in, does anyone else have problems concentrating or being creative? I have trouble reading and can’t even bring myself to play Minecraft. All I can do is watch TV and TikTok. — Phil Vecchione...

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Losing Interest

I was forty-six sessions into my Forbidden Lands game when I lost interest. I am sure it wasn’t all at once and was more likely gradual, but around session 46 is when it reached critical mass. I just wasn’t feeling it like I did before. I have learned that this feeling, this lack of excitement for...

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