It’s Tip Tuesday here on Red Dice Diaries, and in this video I’m talking about some of my favourite handouts, newspaper clippings and letters:
As you may have seen in previous posts i’ve been toying with the idea of making a newsletter for my Jadepunk game and i’ve now completed the first issue, thought i’d post the link here incase anyone wanted to have a look (it’s fairly basically in terms of layout since I didn’t want it to be unnecessarily cluttered or over-complicated).
To make this available to my players I have posted the newsletter link in a document of useful links that we use and have saved on the games private facebook group.
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.
This is a resource that TheRogueDM put me onto for use in my Jadepunk campaign, it’s a Powerpoint presentation that allows you to create an antique style newspaper: