In my experience, having a 1 page cheat sheet for each session has benefits that far outweigh the time that it takes to build it. I recommend creating a unique sheet for each session, a new cheat sheet for that specific game.
Plot Hooks – You should create hooks for every session, not just the first adventure. You want to get ‘buy in’ for each game so that your players and their characters really care about what is going on in.
Locations/Encounters/Scenes – Depending on the structure of the game system you’re using, having a bullet point list of the locations such as dungeon rooms, waypoints on the road or unique places can be a loose guide to keep your game on track. If you’re running a more crunchy dungeon delve style of adventure, having a list of probable encounters is just as valuable. As a storyteller, I find that having a list of possible scenes provides me with a loose framework for the story. Bonus Points: Create a scene tailored to put each player in the spotlight. Continue reading “Melissa’s Customized Session Cheat Sheet for Game Masters”
My current game design / programming project involves creating a very simple, barebones RPG. It’s important for me to go through the entire game development process, start to finish. That’s why I’m not going to create anything too complex.
I made a simple video game, Retro Space, a few years ago. For that project , I used the Game Maker engine. I’ve decided that I want a more robust engine and after looking at Torque 2D and Unity I’ve made my decision. Since I have some experience with the old Torque 2D, that’s the direction I was originally leaning. Continue reading “The Plan”
I have many fond memories of card games as a child, but in every one of those memories, I’m shuffling the cards wrong. I have no intention of learning how to do it ‘right’ either.
My mother taught me how to play my first card games: Go Fish and Slap Jack. I was 3-4 years old when I sat across the kitchen table from her, learning how to shuffle cards. Despite being severely right-handed, I shuffle left-handed due to my attempts to mirror my mother’s hands as she shuffled. When I was a little older, she taught me how to play Pinochle and Solitaire. Pinochle was difficult because of the ‘meld’ phase and figuring out the score after each hand. I felt ‘grown up’ when we played Pinochle though. Continue reading “Why I Shuffle My Cards Backwards”
My gaming group was very excited to get to playtest Beast: The Primordial for Onxy Path. Here’s the information about my character.
Character Sheet PDF
Sergeant Riley Morgan
- How has life changed/remained the same since you became a Beast?
- Riley’s career has greatly benefited from her improved confidence and sense of power. She has earned a place in the community policing program – a practice in which an officer builds relationships with the citizens of local neighborhoods and mobilizes the public to help fight crime. This has actually helped Riley to feel more like she fits in and gives her a sense of purpose.
Continue reading “Sergeant Riley Morgan – Spider Cop”
Energy to Spare – The high school kids are raving about a new energy drink, Ümph. However the teachers and administrators have banned the drink from all school property in the district. They’re claiming Ümph makes some kids act out and cause trouble. Security will be tight at tonight’s homecoming game. Let’s hope nothing terrible happens.
Dark Science – Hidden beneath the prosperous downtown of Red Wing, sinister experiments have been conducted on unwilling test subjects. The resulting supernatural side-effects have spread quietly throughout the town. Who conducted this research and why? What exactly was done to the people trapped in these dank cells? Who covered-up the entire project? This game will focus on research, exploration and investigation.
Red Wire or Blue Wire? – Ümph the energy drink’s unintended side effects are considered well within corporate safety parameters. Three more trucks are scheduled to leave the bottling plant this week. Chester needs your help. The shipments must be stopped to protect innocent consumers. The test product is only being produced from one location. Destroy the facility and the secret recipe.