Honoring a Character’s Backstory

When you’re the GM of a tabletop role-playing game, it’s pretty standard to expect that the players’ characters will come with various degrees of backstories. Some will be short and … Continue reading Honoring a Character’s Backstory

The Road To Becoming A Solid Tabletop RPG Player

We hear about “getting into a groove” all the time, whether it’s becoming a new parent, starting a new job, or learning a new skill. As we get to know … Continue reading The Road To Becoming A Solid Tabletop RPG Player

So It’s Time To Run Your First Tabletop RPG Session…

Planning your campaign’s first session brings some pressure along for the ride. You want all the players to really enjoy the story. And perhaps most of all, you want everyone … Continue reading So It’s Time To Run Your First Tabletop RPG Session…

Isaiah the Gray – The Story Thus Far – Chapters 1-30

To commemorate the conclusion of the Isaiah the Gray tabletop role-playing game story my brother and I have been playing off and on for a little over a year, I … Continue reading Isaiah the Gray – The Story Thus Far – Chapters 1-30

Feeling Comfortable In Your Character’s Skin

Whenever I’m talking with a group of people who are just learning about playing stories for the first time, the topic of speaking as one’s character invariably comes up. “Do … Continue reading Feeling Comfortable In Your Character’s Skin

Ready-Made Scenes For When The Story Doesn’t Go As Planned

No matter the planning or effort you put into your tabletop RPG worldbuilding, when the story is actually played, it’s not going to exactly follow that planned path. So for … Continue reading Ready-Made Scenes For When The Story Doesn’t Go As Planned

Liar Liar’s “The Pen is Blue!” Scene – What If It Were A RPG?

What if instead of a movie, the famous “The Pen is Blue!” scene from the classic 90s comedy Liar! Liar! was a bunch of people playing a tabletop role-playing game? … Continue reading Liar Liar’s “The Pen is Blue!” Scene – What If It Were A RPG?

How Characters Make Choices in Tabletop RPGs

Everyone is familiar with making choices. And some decisions are more difficult and/or more important than others. “What should my major be in college?” – for example – is likely … Continue reading How Characters Make Choices in Tabletop RPGs

Choice-Design Tips for Your Tabletop RPG

When we’re confronted with a choice, it’s the thought-provoking ones that most often stick with us. While “would you like a free pizza?” is certainly compelling, “would you rather give … Continue reading Choice-Design Tips for Your Tabletop RPG

Cultivating Character Development During Worldbuilding

If you’re a tabletop role-playing game (TTRPG) story creator, you naturally invest quite a bit of time and energy into worldbuilding. Settings, characters, plot threads…a great deal goes into ironing … Continue reading Cultivating Character Development During Worldbuilding

The Marriage Between Your Character’s Skills, Talents, And Their Role

There are many ways to play stories. And virtually all of them have unique ways to approach how we define a character. StoryTogether’s StoryNite framework has a character’s talents front … Continue reading The Marriage Between Your Character’s Skills, Talents, And Their Role

Harmonizing The TTRPG Party

When players are coming up with their characters’ backstories, oftentimes they’re not doing so together. Character creation after all traditionally is a highly individual process; although, there’s certainly collaboration here … Continue reading Harmonizing The TTRPG Party