Posted at 9:00 am
It’s no secret that I’m a pretty big fan of Pathfinder. I’ve been on both sides of the table, and enjoyed some really well thought out adventure paths and one-shots from a number of different perspectives. Regardless of the story progression or where my character stands though, almost every session shares one commonality: I walk away buzzing with creative energy.
That buzz is not unlike the kind many writers experience after productive writing sessions. Being able to step into a character, and a world different than the one physically around you, is why we write and why we read. No one can argue that there’s something magical about having that environment created for you, ready made for you to run wild, experience and enjoy. Which brings us to the writing part… the creation of that world, ready-made for someone to run wild in? That’s your privilege to create. (I know, I hear the distant crying and protests, too.)
Here are six ways that being a tabletop gamer/DM can help improve your current work-in-progress. Continue reading
Posted at 9:00 am
Hubby and I started playing Pathfinder once a week shortly after we lost Eevee. I think it was the only thing our friends knew to do to keep us from completely retreating into ourselves and it worked well, all things considered. We’ve gotten to the point where there are four campaigns going and each one involves different members of our larger friend circle, and we play at least twice a week. Last weekend, we added a single module to that list…and I DM’d.
Despite having created several characters and grasping the basics from a player side, I knew going into DM’ing that I was really lacking the know-how to guide a party through the story. The only thing I had going for me was my ability to roleplay all the NPCs and make the material fairly animated and interesting. It helped that my three players are all long-time Pathfinder players and two of them are the DMs for all of our other in-progress campaigns. Anyway, I read through the first chapter of my module, loved the story, got started… and totally fell in love with being the dungeon master.
Since then I’ve spent a fair amount of time trying to learn the finer points of playing god in a pre-constructed story, and I was surprised to realize that I don’t know a lot of the terms. Not just Pathfinder specific terms, either, but general, real world and fiction-writing-applicable words. So I’m going to start a list! These are words taken from the GameMastery Guide (page 55) that I didn’t know. Someone please tell me that at least a few of these words are new to you too. Continue reading