GEORGIAN MAPS OF LONDON
Since writing my Appendix N post discussing a book I’ve been reading concerning the Georgian era (you can read the post here), I’ve also been searching for maps and other interesting things related to the same era on the internet and thought I’d highlight a couple of the more interesting websites that I’ve stumbled across:
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AJ Pickett has recently posted his minimal D4 system on facebook, the system is essentially based around the random roll of a D4, although the author does provide some suggestions for incorporating skills/talents.
Click here to see the system
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:
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:
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.
Thanks for highlighting this great resource Chris.
Okay, with upgrading my computer software and filming RPGaDay2015 videos I got a bit behind with updating the notes for my Star Wars Terror on the Outer Rim campaign notes; luckily we’re only a couple of sessions in so I have time to do it. Over the last couple of days I’ve been listening the the actual plays of the sessions and making notes.
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The Arcana Wiki has a tools menu containing an excellent series of random generators (covering a number of different subjects) that will be very helpful to time-pushed GMs:
If you’re looking for some names for your NPCs, or maybe you’re running a Sci-Fi game and you need a quick star system or world; look no further than Donjon‘s website:
The site is crammed full of random generators that will be of great use for the time-pushed GM.
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
In his excellent podcast The Lounge, Misdirected Mark Productions interviews Johnn Four (the mastermind behind the excellent RPT newsletter that I contribute articles to) where they discuss a lot of things about RPGs, including mythology and the recent Mythic Gods & Monsters books co-authored by Johnn and myself.
You can find a link to the podcast here.