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jeudi 14 décembre 2017

Strategic Gamemastering, part 4: Matrix campaigns

You've read all three installments of the Strategic Gamemastering posts, and you're telling yourself that while the method certainly could work for one-shot scenarios with strongly divergent characters, you are still in doubt that the THACO tool could manage the several pre-written adventures, modules or 50-scenario campaign that you have bought for your favorite game.

Your main issue is that if, in accordance to the process described in Part 3 of Strategic Gamemastering, you decompose a single scenario into its base components and enter them into the THACO for subsequent exploitation, the player-characters will enter the scenario in a manner certainly consistent with their own objectives or background, but probably not in the manner envisioned by the scenario author but by each following their own creative agendas.

Since player-characters will be entering the narrative threads of the scenario in an uncontrollable and unpredictable manner, there is also a definite possibility that the scenario will unfold in a manner wildly different from the author-driven narrative direction. This, of course, implies a massive uncertainty as to whether the ending of the scenario will match the beginning of the next campaign scenario as envisioned by the campaign designers !

These reservations are quite legitimate. However, the Strategic Gamemastering method also provides for long-winded campaigns and even follow-up campaigns. This post will show you how.

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jeudi 6 juillet 2017

[Stratégie de maîtrise] Strategic Gamemastering traduit sur PTGPTB !

L'équipe de Places To Go, People To Be a eu la bonté (et le courage) de traduire en français intelligible mon premier billet de la série "Strategic Gamemastering". Qu'ils en soient loués et remerciés !

Voici le lien vers la traduction du billet :

"La maîtrise de jeu stratégique"

Les billets suivants de la série "Strategic Gamemastering" sont accessibles via les liens ci-dessous :

dimanche 2 octobre 2016

[Octogones 2016] Conférence "Tactiques d'optimisation des parties de jeu de rôle"

En annexe de ce billet se trouve le support de présentation de la conférence "Tactiques d'optimisation des parties de jeu de rôle", présentée à la convention Octogones le 2 octobre 2016 au Double Mixte, à Lyon, sous le double parrainage des associations GROG et Opale.

Bonne lecture, et n'hésitez pas à poser des questions (ou faire toutes remarques) en commentaires !

mercredi 2 septembre 2015

Strategic Gamemastering, part 3: Flags, THACO, and plot hook writing practices

Readers have brought my attention to several articles on flag framing. Basically, "flags"are all data objects on the character sheet.

If you haven't done so yet, I urge you to go read these insightful articles by experienced gamemasters.

This article aims at clarifying the relationship between flags and systematic strategic exploitation through the THACO, and the manner in wich the strategic gamemastering method can be used to design plot hooks for preexisting scenarios.

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lundi 31 août 2015

Strategic Gamemastering, part 2: Data organization and exploitation through the THACO

This is the second installment of our series of articles on optimizing gamemaster effort through systematic gamemastering strategies. In the first article of this series, we have seen together how a clever gamemaster could infer player expectations for a given game by thoroughly mining all available data sources.

This post is focused on the practical organization and exploitation of all data gathered following a practical methodology, which, in homage to Gary Gygax, our godfather of tabletop RPG gaming, I have named the "THACO".

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