Hints and Tips for New Referees

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Hello everyone,

Tim’s posted on the Harrogate Roleplayers Facebook page, asking for any sources of information on how to be a good DM / referee. If anyone has any links, please post them either here, or on the Facebook page.

I also thought it would be useful to compile a list of hints and tips that might be useful for everyone, not just new and novice referees. So, with that in mind, if you have any hints and tips on being a referee, comment on this post. I’ll get the ball rolling by repeating here what I posted in my reply to Tim:

Never railroad your players. What I mean by that is: never force them to do something that they don’t want to do, or make them feel as though their choices in the game don’t matter.

Cheers,

Matt

 

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Games for the Spring Quarter

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Hello everyone,

It’s time to get new games and groups organised for the April to June quarter. As usual, if anyone has a game or games that they would like to run, please post a comment below this post briefly describing what you’re offering.

The basic information you should include:

  • Name of the RPG (if it’s a published one)
  • The system
  • The setting
  • The type of adventure (or the actual adventure) you want to run
  • Minimum / maximum number of players

Let me know separately if you’re offering to be a reserve GM.

The cutoff will be Thursday, 30th March, after which I will collect players’ preferences using Survey Monkey.

Cheers,

Matt

This Quarter’s Games

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Hello everyone,

Just to confirm that the games running this quarter are:

  1. Snowy’s Drow Pathfinder campaign (4 players currently)
  2. Scott’s Unusual Affairs Management Agency game (4 players currently)
  3. Theo’s Italian Renaissance-inspired fantasy playtest game (3 players currently)
  4. Rob’s Imperium in ruin Traveller game (3 players currently)

Snowy’s game can accommodate six players; Scott and Rob’s games 5; and Theo’s game 4; so there are still plenty of spots available.

In addition, Chris Dawson has a game he is keen to run (see below). If you are interested, let either myself or Chris know.

“The game is kind of a rules light RPG where you play as a Professional Wrestler. You pick a gimmick, make a PC, and then work to try and put on the best and most entertaining matches you can. You don’t compete to win, but more to tell the best story and have the best match you can. Do you have what it takes to make it to the top of the British Wrestling Alliance? Will you have the audience cheering your name, or drowning you out in boos? Can the person behind the wrestler deal with the backstage politics of the wrestling world?

No wrestling knowledge needed. The game is designed for both fans of wrestling, and fans of role-playing. Only thing required is 2d6.”

Cheers,

Matt

Games for the Winter Quarter

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Hello everyone,

It’s time to get new games and groups organised for the January to March quarter. As usual, if anyone has a game or games that they would like to run, please post a comment below this post briefly describing what you’re offering.

The basic information you should include:

  • Name of the RPG (if it’s a published one)
  • The system
  • The setting
  • The type of adventure (or the actual adventure) you want to run
  • Minimum / maximum number of players

Note: Snowy’s already posted what he would like to run in the entry below this one (https://harrogateroleplayers.wordpress.com/2016/10/27/my-offers-and-ideas-for-the-next-quarters/)

Let me know separately if you’re offering to be a reserve GM.

The cutoff will be Thursday, 22nd December, after which I will collect players’ preferences using Survey Monkey.

Cheers,

Matt

My offers and ideas for the next quarter(s)

Hello everyone

I feel I might as well put my offers for the campaigns I would like to run over the next two running quarters for me.

Winter/Spring
Over this Quarter there are two that I would like to run, one is ready to go whilst the other will depend on my progress of putting it together

Campaign- Anwyld

  • The system chosen is up to the players, either BESM/Tri Stat or Pathfinder
  • This is a home made setting that is in development and is in need of expansion. It is low fantasy set in a world where most fantasy creatures have vanished, leaving just humans living in the ruins of their civilisation. Technology wise it is late roman to dark age technology
  • I will be writing a set adventure for this setting. However it will start in the Matriarchy of Anwyld
  • Looking for 3-6 player preferrably

Campaign- Forge your own path of darkness

  • Pathfinder
  • Pathfinder (D20 3.75)
  • Glorarion- the Pathfinder setting
  • This is an Evil campaign that starts in the Darklands/Underdark with the players playing as Drow or other evil creatures, being sent on a mission. there will be two main paths to begin with, but it is basically a free to roam sandbox campaign
  • Again 3-6

As per usual I will be taking the Spring/Summer quarter out for minature gaming.
My next two campaigns planned for the Summer/Autum will be a Sci-fi campaign where the players crash land on a planet, or another run of my superheroes setting, for which I have already some notes and ideas.

Games for the Autumn Quarter

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Hello everyone,

It’s that time of the quarter again when we need to get new games and groups organised for the next three months. As usual, if anyone has a game or games that they would like to run or are willing to run, please post a comment below this post briefly describing what you’re offering.

The basic information you should include:

  • Name of the RPG (if it’s a published one)
  • The system
  • The setting
  • The type of adventure (or the actual adventure) you want to run
  • Minimum / maximum number of players

Let me know separately if you’re offering to be a reserve GM.

The cutoff will be Thursday, 22nd September, after which I will collect players’ preferences using Survey Monkey.

Cheers,

Matt

 

Games for the Summer Quarter

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Hello everyone,

It’s getting close to the end of the current quarter and time to start thinking about what we’re going to be running / playing during the upcoming three months. At the moment I have the following information. Some of it may be rumour and hearsay, so please correct me if it’s wrong.

  • Cy wants to continue with his game from the Winter quarter, with at least some of the same players.
  • Snowy would like to run Exalted
  • Nathan R may be running Legend of the Five Rings (L5R) My mistake: Nathan won’t be running L5R. As a result, we need another game.
  • John would like to run a part historical, part mythical game set in Saxon England.
  • Chris C is offering a Pathfinder (D20) game (see his comment below this post).

If anyone else has a game that they would like to run, please let me know and I will add it to the list. The cutoff will be Wednesday, 15th June, after which I will collect everyones preferences using Survey Monkey.

Cheers,

Matt

New Games for the Spring Quarter (2016)

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Hello everyone,

As per my announcement last week, could anyone wishing to run a game in the Spring quarter (April – June), please add a comment to this post with a brief synopsis of the game you’d like to run. The basic information you should include:

  • Name of the RPG (if it’s a published one)
  • The system
  • The setting
  • The type of adventure (or the actual adventure) you want to run
  • Minimum / maximum number of players

Let me know separately if you’re offering to be a reserve.

Again, I think we have enough players to have four games running, although one of these will be a closed game.

Thanks,

Matt

Games on Offer Survey

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Hello everyone,

The survey regarding the games on offer for the Winter Quarter 2016 has been available for a few days now and the majority of you have completed it.

If any of you haven’t yet received the survey invitation email, please let me know via email and I will sort it out.

Thanks to you all for your help with this test. Fingers crossed it seems to be working okay so far!

Have a great Christmas and New Year.

Cheers,

Matt