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RPG Blog Carnival: Technology in my Games

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Greetings dear readers! Michael recently wrote about our efforts to revitalize the blog, and I think we’re off to a good start. He invited our readers to discuss the types of posts and topics they enjoyed, and in one such comment Voidman said he liked one of my earlier pieces about using technology at the gaming table. Thank you for the kind words; it’s a pleasure to have you, and so many others as our readers.

This topic, the technology I use as a GM, is constantly evolving, and is one that deserves some revisiting periodically. On this post I’d like to discuss the technology I currently use to run our Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition campaign. It also happens that the topic of the RPG Blog Carnival for September 2016 is Game Master Tools, Aids, Apps & Hacks, so it all comes together rather fortuitously!

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More Prep–More Props

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I am a terribly lazy GM. If possible I try not to do any prep at all and usually rely on my improvisational skills to run my games. But this had led to a certain problem. I am not sure if my players have noticed yet, but I definitely feel it: the game is often not as exciting as it could be. Back in the day, I created cool props (like newspaper clippings, maps, etc.), prepared complex plots, and came up with memorable NPCs. I still do this, but on a much reduced level. Especially my weekly game could need some more “flair”, if you get my drift.

Recently my friend Marcus posted about his upcoming Fallout-themed Savage Worlds game. Wow! Check out the photo below and tell me that’s not totally awesome!

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The character sheets look like the Pipboys from Fallout, he created Nuka Cola bottlecap (for use as bennies) and if I am not mistaken he even aged the deck of cards to look like they were from a post-nuclear-war era. This level of dedication and preparation immediately lifts the game to a different level. I am pretty sure most players honor such dedication to the game and it also should help to establish immersion into the setting.

If I am looking at my game sessions, this is what they are most lacking. Yes, my players are enjoying themselves, I usually do so, too, but I am sure things could be so much more awesome. There are a lot of reasons why I haven’t done that much prep work (or created props for that matter) anymore: work, family, the house, my mental health, computer games … But I think some more prep work and perhaps a few more props will help to improve my GMing and make our games much more memorable.

Of course not every game needs custom bennies and aged playing cards, but sometimes a simple handout prepared before the game can make a huge difference.

RPG a Day 2016: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff – Day 31

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To quote Morrison, “this is the end, beautiful friend; this is the end, my only friend, the end…” And that sound ominous, but don’t take it as such. This has been a joyous month, getting back to writing in the blog, in many ways getting in contact with friends I had not talked to in a while. Becoming more active on G+ and Twitter again! It feels like a new start. I hope it can translate all this into more regular postings; I have a couple of topics I want to tackle over the coming weeks. However, I’ll be silent for a few days after this last post. Today I begin a much needed (but short) vacation and tomorrow Nilda and I will get married. It’s a small ceremony with close family and friends.

We decided to do this as part of a trip we had planned already and although we can’t have all our friends there, we’ll have a get together when we come back to Puerto Rico to share the happiness with everyone. That’s sort of what I hope to do with sharing the news here. Michael, aka Stargazer, opened his blog to me, gave me a place to share my thought, and in the process became one of my dearest friends. I wish I could have him there at the wedding, or at the very least at the dinner afterwards when we come back! By the same token, the community of readers here in the blog was very welcoming, and here and through social media, I feel I’ve made so many new friends that I really wanted to share the news with all of you! Thanks for reading, thanks for hanging around through our dry spells. Next time you read me I’ll be a married blogger.

Now on to the topic at hand…

August 31: What is the best piece of advice you were ever given for your game of choice? Continue reading RPG a Day 2016: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff – Day 31