Monday, November 30, 2015

Player Appreciation Is Important

And we're back. Did you have a good Thanksgiving if you're in the States? If not, did you have a good weekend? Are you getting psyched for Christmas and the other holidays that come around in December? I had a good week. We're pretty much moved. Not as restful as I would like, but with moving, Thanksgiving, and people over to see the new place/game what are you going to do, right?

Speaking of game, in an interesting coincidence two GMs I saw this weekend (at the time of writing I haven't attended the third game) made a point of thanking their players at the end of game for how the game was going. It got me thinking, and it makes me wonder, have you thanked your players lately? Because you should.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Discussion: Thanksgiving?

Heya folks,

Just a heads up to let you know there won't be any posts next week. The reason is two fold. First, I'll be moving house next week and so things are going to be hectic enough without writing blog posts and such on top of it. I can't guarantee we'll have internet right away, and so I'm not going to have the promise for posts.

The other reason is it is Thanksgiving in the states. So after moving and unpacking, I'll be getting in a car and heading across state lines for a family holiday festivity. Luckily for me, when I get back I have game and more game, both of which are presently very awesome games to be in.

Hell, may as well make this the official post then, huh?

What are your holiday plans? And gaming wise, what are you thankful for this year?

Gaming wise, I am incredibly thankful that every game I am currently in is absolutely stellar from the GM, to the story, to my fellow PCs. I love my characters in all the games, and can't wait for each new session to begin. it's down right awesome.

I'm also thankful for the various people that make up the various groups I'm a part of. The games wouldn't be half as awesome without those specific people.

How about you?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Good GMing is a Juggling Act

Thinking about it today I came to realize that in a lot of ways GMing is like juggling. You have three balls: story, players, and mechanics. Your job is to keep those three balls moving in such a way as to be found pleasing to everyone in the game. Today I want to talk about this metaphor (or is it a simile?) how it holds up, how it isn't quite right, and how thinking about it can help you with handling your game once a session is in motion.

Monday, November 16, 2015

How To Get The Most From XP Nominations

First, an apology for missing Friday's post. I'm in the process of moving houses and so had half the week off last week but it was used to pack and get things moved. The big move is next weekend/week after next, but early work was done and it was good. Hopefully a slip like that won't happen again.

Now, on to the good stuff. In the end of my friend's L5R session they used one of my favorite ways to dole out XP: they opened the table to XP nominations where anyone could nominate someone to receive 1 and only 1 XP on top of what they'd already earned. The only catch was, you couldn't nominate yourself and it had to be for something done during the session. Why is it my favorite? Because as a GM it has a lot of uses. Today I want to talk about some.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Go Through Your System With a Critical Mind

The other day I wrote a small primer on the Roll and Keep system. The idea behind it was to help give some perspective on the system to a friend who is going to be running a game using it soon. The person is a good GM, but they just wanted some help and an intro to the system. Interestingly enough though, as I wrote the primer I found my brain started to click on the system in new ways. As much as I wrote the primer for my friend, it was helping me a lot too. Today I wanted to talk about why that is, and why you may want to give something similar a try.

Monday, November 9, 2015

As Game MASTER the Rules are Beholden to YOU

I have a friend who is running a game. It is an awesome game too. The kind of game where I find myself getting hyped and into character for the game anywhere from 24-72 hours before hand. The kind of game I was looking forward to playing in so much last week that it almost being here got me through a couple of rough days at work. But this friend has a problem. The system he is using is an old homebrew hack built on top of a system that the group plays a lot...only the hack was built atop the previous edition and the new edition changes have since cemented enough that there is confusion. Talking to him about it reminded me of the topic of this post, and today I want to talk about that.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Discussion: What Music Does Your Character Listen To?

Music tastes, along with things like favorite foods and least favorite activities, are some of the things a lot of people don't think about when making their character. They're trifling details that can seem unimportant to what you need to know about the game. And yet, they can also tell you a lot about who the character is, if only by what they do for fun or what type of things they like.

Because of that, and because a GM recently asked me what music my character listens to in a modern day type game, I figured it would be fun to pose the question to all of you. Now, as a note, I do not mean what song makes you think of the character. I mean what type of music does the character enjoy listening to. If the character exists in a world like High Fantasy or Space Opera where music choices are more limited, assume they have the full option of what we have now a days to listen ot.

My own answers are as follows.

Character: Mirumoto Rei
Age: 15
Setting: Rokugan in approximately the year 2000 for 3rd Day of Thunder
Music Tastes: EDM, Trance, Electronica, Dubstep, Classical, Classical Remixes, and some modern pop.

Character: Spartan G106, Melissa
Age: 10 (Gamma company Spartans.)
Setting: Halo Universe, ~2554
Music Tastes: Classical, anything with heavy percussion, string quartets.

Character: Faida O'Broin
Age: 24
Setting: Shadow of Esteren (Dark Gothic Celtic Low Magic Fantasy)
Music Tastes: Poe (specifically: Haunted), Nine Inch Nails, Flute and Violin pieces, especially slow ones

Character: Galvin Raeth
Age: 27(I think)
Setting: Star Wars (about 1BBY)
Music Tastes: Industrial, anything heavy and fast.

How about you?