Microsoft Built My GameMaster Notebook

Posted in EpicTable Blog on February 13, 2008 at 8:10 pm

When it comes to RPG session prep, there’s a fairly strong inclination among GMs towards free products. Any why not? There are some decent wikis out there, there are some products aimed specifically at RPG campaign management. So, why have I dropped my Wiki-On-a-Stick in favor of Microsoft’s OneNote 2007? …continue reading Microsoft Built My GameMaster Notebook


Living Legends

Posted in EpicTable Blog on February 6, 2008 at 8:05 pm

Legends aren’t just for long-dead heroes and villans. You can make your world more real to the players and take some of the sting out of a character death by incorporating legends about the characters’ deeds into your current campaign. …continue reading Living Legends


Arrivals and Departures: Tracking Moving Monsters

Posted in EpicTable Blog on January 29, 2008 at 7:51 pm

The last couple posts discussed a technique I call a “Flight Plan” to plan for your monsters’ retreat. The idea is to figure out ahead of time where your monsters will get going when the going gets tough. That way, you don’t have them blundering about in unbelievable ways.

But planning for fleeing monsters is just the start of your trouble. Once they’ve fled, you have to keep track of them. This post presents a technique for keeping track of the shifting encounter setting that arises when monsters move about in response to the player characters. …continue reading Arrivals and Departures: Tracking Moving Monsters


Recipe for Retreat

Posted in EpicTable Blog on January 25, 2008 at 7:44 pm

The last article suggested a way to record your plans for adversaries that flee an encounter. In this article, I offer some advice on formulating those plans.

…continue reading Recipe for Retreat


Let’s Split Up! – GM’ing the Split Party

Posted in EpicTable Blog on January 11, 2008 at 5:58 pm

chaos symbol“We’ll investigate the crypt while the rogue sneaks into the baron’s study.”
Not one of a GMs favorite things to hear. Do your players split up? Mine do–almost perversely often. Sometimes I think they’re just trying to make my life difficult. GMing a split party can be difficult, but thanks to the recent practice provided by my players, I have some thoughts to share.

…continue reading Let’s Split Up! – GM’ing the Split Party


Wiggly Inspiration

Posted in EpicTable Blog on January 1, 2008 at 12:37 am

cartoon eelHappy New Year! I thought that in keeping with the holiday spirit, I’d talk a bit about using holidays in your campaign world. Holidays are a great
opportunity for you to make your campaign world a little more real to your players. Holidays let you demonstrate that your world isn’t static; time passes, seasons change, and the people of the village don’t exist just to sell beer, swords, and healing to the player characters.

…continue reading Wiggly Inspiration


Combat Trackers Part 2: Virtual Tabletops / Face-to-Face Games

Posted in EpicTable Blog on December 30, 2007 at 12:23 am

Laptop PC superimposed on knights' combatIn my last post, I discussed combat trackers, particularly the GameMastery Combat Pad . In this post, I’ll look at combat tracking for virtual tabletops. I’m not going to be reviewing them, however. As the developer of EpicTable, a virtual tabletop to be released in 2008, there’s a conflict of interest inherent in any review I would do in the area of virtual tabletops. Instead, I’ll focus on the capabilities common to virtual tabletop combat trackers and will discuss the use of these tools in both online and face-to-face situations.
…continue reading Combat Trackers Part 2: Virtual Tabletops / Face-to-Face Games


Less Painful Combat: Combat Trackers, Part 1

Posted in EpicTable Blog on December 27, 2007 at 11:49 pm

image of combat tracking cards superimposed on knights fightingRecently, I’ve been working on the combat tracking mechanisms for EpicTable, and I’ve been through something of a personal renaissance with respect to combat tracking in my own weekly face-to-face game. I’ve had the opportunity to think about and experiment with a few different mechanisms for tracking initiative in particular. (That’s “who goes first” for you non-d20 folk.)
…continue reading Less Painful Combat: Combat Trackers, Part 1


Well Met at the Keg ‘n’ Kettle

Posted in EpicTable Blog on December 21, 2007 at 2:00 am

tavern imageWhat’s this about kegs and kettles? And why do I sound like I’m LARPing? First of all, let me assure you that there’s nary a not going to be any more of that kind of talk in this blog. This blog, which I’m calling, “Knowledge, Roleplaying”, is going to be all about techniques and technologies for improving your game.

…continue reading Well Met at the Keg ‘n’ Kettle


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