What You Can Expect When You ‘Conduct’ A TTRPG

There’s no doubt there’s quite a bit to “juggle” in the GM/DM’s role. The players, characters, NPCs, the world itself, what’s happening, what will likely happen…there’s a lot for the … Continue reading What You Can Expect When You ‘Conduct’ A TTRPG

The Rules Are Not Roadblocks: Worldbuilding In Different TTRPG Systems

Happy 2021 everyone! On the surface, the sheer scale and variety of tabletop RPG systems makes it seem as though your story – your world – is meant to be … Continue reading The Rules Are Not Roadblocks: Worldbuilding In Different TTRPG Systems

Balancing Milestones In Your Tabletop RPG

The characters in your tabletop role-playing game (TTRPG) story are likely to encounter all sorts of obstacles and opportunities. Whether they’re epic battles, heartbreak, or perhaps summiting your world’s tallest … Continue reading Balancing Milestones In Your Tabletop RPG

What Makes Your (TTRPG) Character Special

Playing as a character in a story can sometimes be a confusing concept for new players. And making choices on your character’s behalf isn’t immediately intuitive for lots of folks … Continue reading What Makes Your (TTRPG) Character Special

How to Weave Character Backstories Together

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 How to Weave Character Backstories Together

The Crucial Importance Of Building Toward Awe

A byproduct of today’s faced-paced world, shock value has in many cased replaced the simple beauty of being in awe in stories. That sense of amazement – of wonder – … Continue reading The Crucial Importance Of Building Toward Awe

Getting Back On Track In Your TTRPG – The Right Way!

We’ve all been there: you’ve finished setting up an exciting new arc in your tabletop RPG story and you’re pumped to get started. But right after its first prompt, the … Continue reading Getting Back On Track In Your TTRPG – The Right Way!

Bringing Your Story To Life

I’ve spoken with many tabletop RPG players who are intimidated by the idea of being a GM/DM. Whether it’s conducting a session, doing the voices, or worldbuilding, these players just … Continue reading Bringing Your Story To Life

The Fine Line in Borrowing from Other Worlds

Borrowing elements from other stories is a perfectly natural part of worldbuilding. You get inspired by great scenes, moments, and dialogue from movies, TV, video games, and books. And you … Continue reading The Fine Line in Borrowing from Other Worlds

The Session Zero Mindset: Character Creation

In many tabletop RPGs today, the worldbuilder and the GM/DM are the same person. They are responsible for the story world, its setup, its “main plot,” as well as conducting … Continue reading The Session Zero Mindset: Character Creation

The Mind’s Eye’s Role in Tabletop RPGs

The Mind’s Eye is our canvas of limitless possibilities. This “theater of the mind” empowers us to collectively and concurrently experience art, music, stories…any shared part of the human creative … Continue reading The Mind’s Eye’s Role in Tabletop RPGs

How NPCs’ Motives Drive Your Plot

The lifeblood of change in your tabletop RPG’s story world is often driven by NPCs (non-player characters). While players making choices are the other side of that coin, NPCs – … Continue reading How NPCs’ Motives Drive Your Plot