High-Fives and other in-Game Rewards

Mon 28 August 2017 by Mike Bourke from Campaign Mastery

With this item, I continue the practice of offering shorter articles to start the week. Usually, this is to make room for a longer article later (and from time to time, the sequence has been temporarily inverted), but for much of the next year, that’s the plan. This week, though, it’s not for that reason […]


Beware The Derivative, Embrace The Inspiration

Thu 24 August 2017 by Mike Bourke from Campaign Mastery

It’s one of the easiest techniques to follow – you simply copy a character or a plotline from some other source, be it Television, a Movie, or a literary source. If you’re particular clever, you might go so far as to rename the character. There are a number of ...

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We could be Frenemies: Using Good Creatures As Opponents

Mon 21 August 2017 by Mike Bourke from Campaign Mastery

Sometimes, you want to hit your players with a problem that can be solved only with action of the most violent kind. In D&D, a monster that presents a kill-or-be-killed situation; in a superhero game, a violent threat that has to be stopped before innocents are harmed. But it ...

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The Crafting Of Personality Pt 1: Walk-On NPCs

Thu 17 August 2017 by Mike Bourke from Campaign Mastery

One task that confronts every GM is giving characters a personality. There have been a number of articles on the subject here at Campaign Mastery and I have no doubt that there will be many more. I tend to think of characters as coming in three different kinds or tiers ...

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Fractional Pursuits To Focus Attention

Mon 14 August 2017 by Mike Bourke from Campaign Mastery

For the last few weeks I’ve been (occasionally) reading a board-game development blog/newsletter – Brandon the Game Dev for anyone who might be interested – at the invitation of a relatively new twitter contact, @brandongamedev. This week’s post was about playtesting; in it, Brandon wrote, Since people can do ...

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The Elephant In The Gray Room, Pt 3 of 5: Significant Repairs

Thu 10 August 2017 by Mike Bourke from Campaign Mastery

This entry is part 3 in the series Elephant In The Gray Room As long-time readers will know, I like to break up larger series, on the theory that any given subject will interest only part of the readership. On that basis, I’ve let this series lie fallow for ...

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