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Don’t Waste My Time: Tips for Keeping Your Games Moving

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via Don’t Waste My Time: Tips for Keeping Your Games Moving.

Intellectual obesity

Reposted from blue collar space:

A useful method for analyzing complex systems is to find pressures and follow what things flow naturally through the system under that pressure. I tried to do this with RPGs once with limited success — I still think it’s viable, but it needs more brain-juice than I am currently willing to [...]

Roleplay 101 – Character Creation Part 1

Character creation is an essential part of any roleplaying game. For some people, the process comes naturally and making a good character takes little to no effort. For others, the process can prove difficult. This is where I can help you. It’s important to know that there isn’t a single formula to creating characters. I’ll [...]

Charsheets for Play-by-Post Roleplay

If my character is spontaneous or has the potential for spontaneity I will explain that potential via some event or sequence of events in their life. So when he risks his life to save a little girl, he will be thinking back to his sister’s death that no one risked their life to prevent. Or he will be going out of his way to impress a maiden, fooling himself and others that he is chivalrous.

RolePlay 101: The Importance of Words

So, it’s been some time since last I posted in the RolePlay 101 series. Far too long, I reckon. Well, previously we discussed what RolePlay is, but before we begin anything else, let us think on the importance of words.
It is with noble sentiments that bad literature gets written.
André Gide says it pretty well here: [...]

Writing Prompt January 2009

This is part of the Writing Prompts series. Here’s how it works: Once a month, I post two words. Anyone who wishes may write what those two words inspire- poetry, prose, short story, song. Then, anyone who wishes may comment on those posts, offering encouragement and suggestions for improvement. After a couple weeks, open discussion [...]

Flexible Collaborative Writing

Of the potential banes to collaborative writing, one in particular is lack of flexibility. What I mean by that is a story, or even environment as a whole, that is not conducive to player involvement, interaction, and retention. Many things may contribute to such, and some are often unavoidable, like the sheer volume of written [...]

Make Your RP Successful: Part Two!

Make Your RP Successful! by drawing in the intimidated
This is part two in the series “Make Your RP Successful!,” not because I am actually exerting the copious effort of composing a series of loosely-related articles on role-playing, but because I figure this opening sentence seems energetic and reminiscent of those inspirational guides on improving life, [...]

Make Your RP Successful!

Make Your RP Successful! by being involved in somebody else’s
You finally find a role-play forum gurgling up the Siren’s song of promise. There are tons of threads, and on every breed of subject matter your eager little soul can conjure. More surprising, many of them have quality writing! Yes, even the occasional furry threads exude greatness. Navigating through [...]

Roleplaying Tips by Johnn Four

I really want to take a moment to give a shout-out to Johnn Four of Roleplaying Tips, which has over four-hundred guides and articles about roleplaying.

If you’re a regular feedreader, I recommend subscribing to the Roleplaying Tips feed. He’s got some great posts, like his guide to How to host the perfect game and [...]