Random Campaign Creation

I was visited yesterday by a friend of mine who lives nearby, he brought his young son (12 years of age) round with him, the idea being that we’d all watch some films, whilst we were chatting and having a couple of cups of coffee the conversation turned naturally to tabletop RPGs (since both myself and my friend are gamers). About halfway through this conversation my friends son spoke up and said, “Would we be able to do some roleplay now?” Continue reading

Useful link: British Pathé

The British Pathé youtube channel collects archived footage about particular topics from the days when news reels used to be shown in cinemas, some very interesting stuff and also shows the biases and thoughts of the time when the reels were made, could be very useful to GMs running period games:

https://www.youtube.com/user/britishpathe/

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What should we do with our logo going forward?

As you may be aware we’re currently undergoing a bit of a re-focus and redesign here at Red Dice Diaries; when I run my RPGs I like to get a lot of input from the players so I thought that I’d canvas the people who listen to my videos and read my blog posts regarding aspects of the redesign.

I’m going to do this via a number of polls that will be open for a week, the first of these is regarding the Red Dice Diaries logo:


Future layout/theme ideas for website and Youtube Channel

I’ve recently read some very insightful posts on the various online roleplaying communities that I am a member of, some of these have made me give thought to how good a job my own channel and this website do with communicating my aims to the audience, and what those aims actually.

So I sat down and thought about what the aim of this site and my Youtube channel is and I came up with the following:

To provide tips and advice for roleplayings, broadcast games showing that advice in action and highlight games that offer innovative mechanics or assistance to the GM.

Going forward I am going to make that phrase my mission statement and feature very little on my channel and this site that does not somehow help with that; luckily I seem to have been thinking about this on a subconscious level for a while, so a lot of my older stuff actually does this already.

There are also a couple of other things I like to do in the future:

  • Stick to a more regular schedule of releasing videos, at the moment I’m thinking Saturday each week.
  • Film a more vloggy un-edited video each Monday talking about RP stuff I’ve done during the week.
  • More clearly divide the various different shows (GM Tips, RPG Bugbears, etc) that I do.
  • Attempt to edit some of my actual plays to remove dead-air, shorten the videos and make them more watchable so that people can see the mechanics and running of a game in action without having to wade through so much footage.

 

 

New welcome video for Youtube Channel

It’s been a while since I last updated the welcome video for my Youtube channel and thought it was about time:

Useful link: Gypsy magic, old names for herbs

This page on the Gypsy Magic website provides an A-Z list containing traditional names for herbs, these would be great for adding a bit of extra flavour in a fantasy campaign:

http://gypsymagicspells.blogspot.fi/2009/08/old-names-for-herbs-to-z.html?m=1

Useful link – Yokai.com

Chris Willhelm posted this very useful link on facebook to Yokai.com a website containing a bestiary of Japanese ghosts and monsters, great as RPG inspiration.

http://www.yokai.com

Thanks for highlighting this great resource Chris.

Matters of Fate: Running the Game

It’s time we start talking about the role of the GM in a Fate game, in this episode we discuss describing how your world reacts to your PC’s actions and the difference that description can have.
Check out this episode!

Blog redesign

If you’ve been to the blog before this then you’ll have noticed that the design has recently changed, I’m currently giving serious thought to how the blog can be more useful for roleplayers going forward; part of this is getting the blog to load as quickly as possible even on computers with slightly lower specs, the previous theme used seemed to take an awful long time to load and looked a little cluttered so I’ve changed it over.

There will be more changes over the next few months and heading into the New Year, I hope you’ll stick with us and will give us your feedback.