DMing with Stimulus-Response

Last time around, I talked about how I use Set Pieces to organize pieces of content when I DM (GM, Storytell, what have you). That works well for the “what” and “where” of my games, but the key piece of any tabletop RPG is really the “why”.  Why are the players murdering this soldier? Why are they […]

Roleplaying – Islands of Content

This is the second in my series of posts on roleplaying. Last time I talked Emotional Experiments, which I’ve tried from both sides of the table, but this time I want to talk a bit about a refinement I’ve developed while running games. I used to find being the GM deeply unsatisfying. I was worried that my players […]

Roleplaying – Emotional Experimentation

I’ve been reading a lot of blogs about roleplaying games of late. Blogs like The Angry GM, Ars Ludi (of West Marches fame), and The Alexandrian are blowing my little crop-topped mind pretty regularly. They’re writing stuff on a regular schedule that is opinionated, detailed, and high-quality. I’m learning a lot about the art form of Game Mastery, and I’m learning […]

On Role Playing Games

The first completely joyful memory I have is the night that I played my first role playing game. It happened during a formative period in my life.  My family left La Scie after the cod moratorium ended my dad’s bright dreams of becoming a full-time entrepreneur and sent him back to the classroom. Less than a year […]