Archive for August 22nd, 2011


GM Merit Badges

22 August, 2011

A wonderful idea from Strange Magic, GM merit badges to help you fame your GMing style.  I think mine would run:

Beer and PretzelsUsually, My games are more of the Social, Fun and “Beer & Pretzels” style.  After all, we game to have fun, yes?


Improv My games rely on a lot of Improvisation rather than pre scripted content.  I work best with minimal scripting.


Story My games will tell an interesting Story, at least in retrospect.



Mirror I will Mirror back player ideas I think are interesting in the game.  After all, they usually come up with wonderful ideas too.


Fate Characters in my games are Destined for greatness, not random death.  Though being stupid will still get you killed.


Depending on the game, genre and players, my games can be:

GonzoMy games are Gonzo and can include a lot of strangeness.



ScaryMy games can be Scary.


But usually not both at once.

A fun exercise.  Go visit Strange Magic and see what fits your style.


Review – The Great Clans (for Legend of the Five Rings)

22 August, 2011

The Great Clans is an amazingly useful sourcebook for Legends of the Five Rings, while not quite a necessity to own to run or play the game it comes close.  It expands on both the Great Clans and the world they have made, providing a wealth of information and even some useful new mechanics.

The Great Clans, a sourcebook for the Legends of the Five Rings RPG (4th edition) is a 306-page PDF (304 pages if you remove the cover), written by Shawn Carman, Rob Hobart, Brian Yoon, Kevin Blake, Nancy Sauer, Ryan Reese, Jacob Ross, Max Lemaire, Dave Laderoute, Rusty Priske, Mike Brodu, and Daniel Briscoe and published by AEG.

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