139: Gamemaster’s Screen Metamorphosis

I’m using an Emerald Specter column to explain what the Gamemaster’s Screen is going to become, which will be it’s own newer column. That’s three different things all relating to one single thing. Good job me.

RPG Blog for GM Tips and Playing

So, when I came up with the concept for the Gamemaster’s Screen, I really wanted to write about RPG gaming as a hobby in general. TTRPG (table top RPG) I mean, rather than VGRPG (video game RPG). Video gaming does not own the term “gamer” or “gaming” by any stretch of the imagination.

When I searched out blogs for tips and tricks on my own, what I came across was highly disappointing. I found a few decent sources of tricks and ideas but they were ALL for fantasy gaming (ie Dungeons and Dragons). Not everyone plays D&D, which is to say that I don’t play D&D. I haven’t played D&D for decades (multiple) and I’ve not had an interest in a fantasy setting in general with a “Western Medieval” feel to it in all that time.

What I really wanted was more general gaming ideas and tips. No one was doing that. So, that’s why I started the Gamemaster’s Screen.

Life has gotten in the way, though, and as you can see, I’ve not had the time to dedicate to the columns on this site as much as I’d like to have dedicated. That has actually turned out to be a bit of a boon, really, because it has given me a chance to evaluate some things in my life and look at what I really want to blog about on this site.

I want to blog about World of Darkness stuff.

Now, sure, I may end up playing in an Expanse RPG game in the future and be interested in writing a little about that, which I can toss in this column, but most of what I have to say about gaming comes from my 20 years being inside the World of Darkness. I really want to write about the stuff I’ve got the most experience playing.

I also want to show that there are resources out there for games other than D&D.

One thing I’ve noticed is that there are so many tips and tricks for D&D specifically that it would give the false impression that you would have a hard time finding anything out there for that sort of thing. There is just the opposite, though, there is a glut of aid and that is just too much. You can’t throw a rock and not hit a blogger who isn’t giving tips about D&D on the Internet.

But I don’t want to talk about that, I want to talk about WoD.

There will be storyteller ideas, there will be plot hooks, there will be character building tips, and there will be ways to play character clans/tribes/etc in ways you didn’t think you could.

I love telling the story of my Toreador assassin that I was told couldn’t possibly be a thing because Toreadors can’t be assassins. Well, I proved them wrong.

So keep an eye on this website for that upcoming column, more than likely after the holiday season (as my wife owns a small business and we’re trying to keep up). I’ll kick it into gear when I can!

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