Game Master Diaries #1.5: My Setting

As I promised on Friday, today I am going to give you a more in-depth description of the setting for my game. I’m not going to talk shop, since I did way too much of that last time. Instead, this is just going to be the background of the adventure as I would put it if I were writing the story as a book. Let’s do it. Read More…

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Game Master Diaries #1: Setting up the Story

Welcome to part one of my multi-part series about one of my favorite kinds of storytelling: being a game master! If you’re curious about why I decided to do this series, you can check out my last post here. Today we are going to start at the very beginning, which I hear is a decent place to start. Today we are talking about setting. So without further ado, on your marks, get set! Read More…

Game Master Diaries (Trying Something New)

Hey there, everyone. It’s been a while. My Junior year of ye olde University went out with a bang, and now that I have a chance to breathe again, I’ve been working on some creative projects that I’ve been wanting to do. You may recall from my last post┬áthat I enjoy playing and being the game master for roleplaying games. For a while now I’ve been wanting to share the process of developing the story for an RPG with you all, but the only storyline I had in progress was one that was steeped in mystery and is still ongoing. For that reason, it would have been frustratingly difficult to attempt to pull back the curtain and talk about the way I go about crafting that story without accidentally divulging secrets my players are not supposed to know. As luck would have it, however, I am now in the planning stages of a simple one-shot adventure for my dad and some of our friends who have never played before. Since this is a one-shot, I will be able to write about the story in-depth after the session without worrying about spoilers, and since I am doing all the prep, including the characters, I can give you a look into every process of the game.

I’m going to call this series “Game Master Diaries” or “GMD” for short. The goal is to give you guys a look at the process of creating a story for an RPG, along with some tips if you are looking to run a game of your own. I’ll start with developing your world, then we’ll talk about characters, including some character sketches of the cast I’ve put together for this adventure, before moving on to planning the story and the adventure itself. After we actually play the session, I’ll conclude the series with a debrief about how my plans unfolded and some of my favorite parts of the game. My plan is to have weekly installments of this series going up on Friday mornings until I finish it, but that doesn’t mean I won’t also be working on other stuff, so you may see multiple posts in a week from time to time (shocking, I know!). I’m excited to share this process with you, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading these posts as much as I’ll enjoy writing them. Check back here on Friday for part 1 of Game Master Diaries!

In Which I Wax Eloquent (or not-so-eloquent) About RPGs

Roleplaying games, also known as RPGs, have attained a reputation as one of the nerdiest passtimes in which one can engage. As such, I have enjoyed them for many years, and expect to enjoy them for many more. But I have to take issue with the way they have been categorized — not because I don’t think they are nerdy (they clearly are), but because they are so much more than that, and slapping the “nerdy” moniker on them and moving on does not do them justice. Not by a long shot. Whether you play DnD, GURPS, Pathfinder, Fate, or any of the other myriad systems out there, you have probably experienced some or all of the things I’m going to talk about. And if you have never played an RPG, I’m going to tell you some of the great things you are missing, and maybe you will want to try one out. Read More…

Why I’m Glad LeFou is Gay

I’m a little late to the party, but let’s talk about Beauty and the Beast. A few weeks ago, Disney revealed that the character of LeFou, Gaston’s sidekick, would be gay in their live action version of the classic animated film. This prompted an enormous backlash from evangelical circles, with many calling for all good Christians to boycott the new film. I’ve seen plenty of arguments on both sides of the debate, from people who feel betrayed by Disney, and from people who argue that having a gay character in the film is no more or less objectionable than violence, language, or any other sinful activity. I’m going to take a side here, and it’s one that I haven’t heard from any other Christian sources, but I think it’s an important one to consider. I’m not just neutral on the matter, I am glad that LeFou is gay, and I think other Christians should be too. Read More…

A Capitol Trip

As I mentioned in my previous post, I recently went to Montgomery, Alabama for an academic conference (SEASECS 2017 for those who are interested). While I was there, I got to play tourist for a little while, so I thought I would share my photos with you as a way of describing the trip. Montgomery […]

March Miscellany (Catching up)

Did it seem like February just flew by to anyone else? And here we are, already a week into March! Faithful readers will remember that I asked you all for input back in January about which creative project I should work on next. Don’t worry, I have not fogotten about it, and I will fill you in on the results of that poll below. What I’ve decided to do for this post is a rapid-fire recap of what I’ve been up to and a look ahead to what I’ll be working on in the weeks and months to come. If that sounds good to you, then let’s get to it! (If that doesn’t sound good to you, too bad, I’m gonna do it anyway.) Read More…