May, 2015

Worldbuilding

Creating Factions in Three Steps

Factions add depth to organizations. They create internal conflicts that leaders must confront while facing external threats. They also highlight diversity that will make your world feel real and lived-in. Societies aren’t planets of hats, and great institutions aren’t monolithic. Read more »

Roleplaying

Ten Techniques I Use Every Session

GM Screens

A lot of great GMing advice posts are out there,* but most of them focus on abstract, big picture suggestions. That’s great, but what about when you’re in the trenches, running the game? Fortunately, plenty of advice is useful to you right now. Including right … read more »

Writing

Conveying Character Emotion

You know your character inside out, but that isn’t coming across to your readers. They aren’t sure what your character is feeling, and they certainly aren’t feeling it themselves. The scenes you carefully crafted to maximize emotional impact fall flat instead. If that sounds familiar, … read more »