My Prep Dilemna

As anyone who has gamed with me will tell you–when it comes to running RPGs–I like to do my prep, some people can pull off amazing sessions with little to no prep and that’s absolutely grand, more power to them, however, I’m not blessed with a particularly good memory so it buoys up my confidence to know that I have notes prepared concerning what has already occurred in a campaign and what might be about to occur. However, this has left me with something of a dilemna recently when it comes to the prep for my Heart of Darkness Star Wars campaign and my Dungeon World campaign; both campaigns are recorded on my Youtube channel meaning I’ve got the actual play videos that I can refer back to in order to update my notes.

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RP Rambles: What I love about roleplaying

Telling Stories

I’ve been giving a lot of thought recently to my future and what I would like to be doing with my life, and however I look at it I keep returning to the idea of writing–and in particular storytelling–as something that I find both very gratifying and extremely important to me. Storytelling is one of the main reasons that I got into RP-ing and, no matter how my GM-ing abilities and gaming experience may have changed it’s that central desire to tell a story with other people that keeps bringing me back to the game time-after-time. Continue reading

A more regular video/blog schedule

As part of my commitment to really focus on my blog/writing and Youtube channel in the New Year I’ve already started making some alterations to the blog and content produced, tweaking our logo and the layout of the blog to make it quicker to load on people’s computers was the start of this and I’m going to continue that positive energy into the New Year and beyond.

Part of that is having a more regular schedule of releasing videos and blog writing, currently I’m planning on the following weekly schedule:

o Monday - Vlog style video (minimal editing) looking at my previous weeks RP based activities, also playing in and promoting TheRogueDM's excellent WFRP campaign that I am playing in.
o Tuesday - Blog post.
o Wednesday - This is going to be my evening for running any one-shot games that I may have going.
o Thursday - Blog post.
o Friday - Video release.
o Saturday - Day off.
o Sunday - Actual play of campaign game running that evening.

Now I realise this is quite a full schedule and there will no doubt be times that I cannot stick to it or RL gets in the way (as it tends to do with such things) but from next week I’m going to start trying to stick to this schedule as much as possible.

NaNoWriMo 2015

It’s less than a month until #NaNoWriMo 2015 starts; for those who don’t know NaNoWriMo is a month long competition where people set themselves the goal of writing a novel:

On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

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[NaNoWriMo] Starting NaNoWriMo

I’ve been aware of the National Novel Writing Month for a few years now and have always fancied giving it a go, but I’ve always either left it too late or been too busy when November rolled around; this year though a post on a friends facebook reminded me about it in the dying stages of October and, with my life not likely to get any less busy in the forseeable future I decided to give it a go this year. After all, what’s the worse that could happen (as Dr Pepper commercials are so fond of reminding us)?

For those not aware NaNoWriMo (www.NaNoWriMo.org) is when a lot of people get today online and encourage each other, over the course of the 30 days of November, to each write a 50,000 word novel. 

I’ve always fancied the idea of being a writer, the dream for me would be to be able to make a living doing it, that might never happen but having started NaNoWriMo I feel like I’ve taken a tiny step closer to realising that dream.

As of this post (on the first day of the month) I’ve already written over 2300 words on my novel ‘The End of You’ and am on target for my 50000 by the end of the month; as the month continues I’ll be posting updates to my blog, all the entries will be preface [NaNoWriMo] to seperate them from my RPG content. 

 Good luck to everyone else taking part 🙂