Month: March 2022

Regarding M.A.R Barker

On April 21st, 2019, we recorded an episode with Victor Raymond that featured discussion around Empire of the Petal Throne and Tekumel, both works that originated from M.A.R. Barker. As of this writing we have learned that Mr. Barker’s published a novel sympathetic to Neo-nazism, was published under a pseudonym in  association with white supremacists, and was a member of…

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Using Lore and Setting to Solve Issues

If you want the Players to engage with your lore/setting/cool stuff – you need to make that stuff part of the solution to their problems. The lore must be relevant to the adventure. If they can solve everything with their character sheet, they don’t need your setting. Unless the player(s) really like learning your lore,…

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Story and Drama

Of all of the things that we steal from other art forms (e.g. movies, novels, TV, etc.) for our games, one of the things that would be most helpful would be to understand story structure, drama, and pacing. Developing and tuning our senses for these things will help us not only as GMs, but also…

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