It’s time for that thing that I do occasionally but not nearly often enough. It’s time for a Site News Update thing.
Conflict lies at the heart of every story. And when we think of conflict, we think of the struggle between good and evil. Especially in D&D. But what if I told you that good and evil aren’t in conflict at all? And that D&D alignment is complete and utter gibberish that never made any sense?
A well-designed, well-paced adventure hangs on the exit map. And designing a good exit map is more about incentives and psychological tricks than it is about walls and doors.
Sometimes, we start off with nice, clear topics. But those quickly get opaque, dark, and confused. Sort of like how any discussion of glass in human history has to begin with obsidian.
Information in your game can take many forms. Any by many, I mean three. It can three forms. And this article is all about them. And a whole bunch of other stuff.
Have you ever heard that you are never more than three feet from a spider? If that makes you uncomfortable, don’t worry, it’s only MOSTLY true.
As a GM, apart from not killing idiot players who deserve it, your primary job is to communicate information. And that means you have to be able to manage information.
It’s time for a random pile of bulls$&% from the brain of the Angry GM. Today’s steamer is about clock speeds, decision points, why D&D runs at two different speeds, and how the designers of RPGs really need to figure that s$&% out better. Don’t worry, this has nothing to do with Time Pools.
I’m on vacation! Here’s when to expect the rest of the posts for June.