Having just started a new grad program this month, I have been incredibly swamped. So for Education month here at TPK, I wanted to take a look at fantasy grad students because no matter how bad my workload gets, at least I’ll never have to deal with a dragon. I know first hand what grad students are like in the real world today but what would a fantasy grad student look like? Lets take a look.
As I mentioned back in the first of these experienced GM posts, I have only ever GMed for one group. This has been both a blessing and a curse. After the jump, I’ll look at what GMing for one group has taught me and what I want to learn from working with other groups.
Welcome once again to opposites month here at TPK. As I mentioned last week, I want to go into some of my other game ideas that I would like to do either in addition to my current game or after it ends. I’ll be discussing why I want to make this particular game and what sort of game it will be. Of course between planning my wedding and starting a PhD program in September, I’m not entirely sure when I will have time to do any of this. But it is good to have goals so without further ado: other games!
For opposites month here at TPK, Jim and I will be taking turns updating each others wikis rather than our own. This week I’ve chosen a topic near and dear to my character’s heart: The orphans of Malkara.
Welcome to Opposites Month here at TPK. In August, Jim and I will be switching roles: posting in each others timeslots, filling out each others wikis, and taking on topics that our counterpart usually covers. As such, today I’ll be discussing some of the things I would like to do as I gain more experience, as my game grows, and as I start new games.
Psychological warfare is one aspect of being a GM that I have not delved into much during my games, at least not consciously. Trying to use some of the tips and tricks Jim outlined in his posts becomes harder when you are too busy juggling all the other things you need to as an inexperienced GM. This is where something I mentioned last week comes into play: letting your players do the work.
In the Thirty-Six Stratagems, an ancient Chinese essay illustrating stratagems used in politics, war, and civil service, the 32nd is the Empty Fort Strategy. This was employed several times throughout Chinese history but today we will focus on the general Zhuge Liang and his use of the stratagem during the Three Kingdoms period.
Here again with an update on my setting, I present to you the Chaos Scar. The PCs in my game directed an army of goblins here early on in their campaign. I’m sure that will have no negative repercussions whatsoever.
Welcome to a special Friday edition of History Hooks. Today we will be bridging last month’s improv topic to this month’s psychological warfare with a look at Confederate General John Bankhead Magruder, a.k.a. Prince John, and his bit of theatre during the Peninsular Campaign of the American Civil War.
Once again I am updating my Wiki with some more setting info. This week we take a look at the Woodsinger Clan of elves that lives in the Nentir Vale and how they fit in with everything else. Lets take a look.