Player Tips: Wear lots of Hats

In my latest Player Tips video I talk about using simple costuming to add something to your character portrayals.

The Importance of Feedback in RPGs

No-one starts off as the world’s best GM, when I think of how truly shocking that very first game of WFRP I ran was I give a little shudder, but at the time we all had fun and we learned a lot from that first game; I always say to people that there’s nothing wrong with not being a perfect GM as long as you’re always trying to improve and you’re putting that effort in.

One of the best ways to improve you games is to solicit feedback from your players, now you can ask players for feedback in the aftermath of a game session but some people don’t feel comfortable giving feedback in-front of others or need a bit of time to reflect on the session and get their thoughts in order; I find it best to ask for feedback a day or two after a session has completed. One other issue with feedback is that it can be difficult for players to know where to start or what sort of feedback you are looking for, after all someone just saying “the session was crap” might be accurate in their eyes but it’s not particularly helpful from the perspective of a GM seeking to improve their game.

So what can I do?

The best way that I have found to get feedback is to make a feedback form available to players shortly after the session that asks them to rate various facets of the game and also asks specific questions, this not only makes it easier on the players but also ensures that you get the sort of feedback that will be useful to you as a GM.

You can find an example of the feedback sheet that I use for my Jadepunk game by clicking on the link below:

Click here for Jadepunk Player Feedback Form

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[Handout-RPG] Some initial thoughts about making a handout for my Jadepunk game.

Buoyed up by my recent attempt at creating a newspaper style handout for our Skyless City Jadepunk campaign:
And a very interesting article that I read on Johnn Four’s Gamesmaster Tips website (http://www.roleplayingtips.com/rpt-7-save-time-get-planning-done-campaign-newsletters/) about creating a newsletter for an RPG campaign I decided to float the idea of doing something similar for our Jadepunk campaign past my players (since i’m always banging the drum about getting ideas and collaborating with your players).
We’ve eventually ended up with the idea that we want a newsletter that has an issue released prior to every session containing the following contents:

  • Random world factoids
  • Legends & lore (story hooks)
  • Rumours & gossip
  • NPC profiles

Since our game is normally going to run every other week on Sunday evening (although we’re having to juggle schedules a bit at the moment given the inevitable busiest of the festive/New Year period), i’m going to start trying to put out a 1 or 2 page newsletter the weekend after a session, this will not only give the players a week to read and digest the contents but will also encourage me to have stuff planned for the session a little in advance rather than leaving everything to the last minute (as I have been sometimes known to do).
My current plan is to save the newsletter as a PDF, upload it to my Google Drive and then make the links for the various issues available to the players (I may also publish them on this blog if there’s any interest in people seeing them).
If anyone else has any experience (good or bad) with using campaign newsletters, let me know in the comments, i’d especially be interested to hear about the sort of things you put in a newsletter.