#RPGaDAY 2016, Day 13: What Makes a Successful Campaign?

First, define “successful”. Also “campaign”.

Back when we played the post-college Shadowrun game, I had the whole campaign outlined[1] to create story arcs, season arcs like a television show. Each season started and ended on certain points. When we played that game, we went through the first season and had a good ending. Then we tried to do play-by-email once we started all moving away in the second season and that one didn’t have a satisfying ending.

My answer? Endings make a successful campaign.

Plan for an end point.

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  1. Remember, this was back when I was still thinking of roleplaying games as primarily the GM’s story where the players enter with their characters to see what happens, rather than the collaborative play style I enjoy now. []

#RPGaDAY 2016, Day 7: What is one of your favorite convention moments?

In Arizona, I headed an organization that eventually started up a gaming convention. That convention, RinCon[1], is still going strong — this year it will be held September 30 through October 2nd[2] in beautiful Tucson, Arizona.

I’m going to briefly talk about two of my favorite memories from that convention: Berin Kinsman‘s run of Sea Dracula and Jason Corley’s Ghostbusters game.

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  1. Playfully named after the Rincon mountains on Tucson’s eastern side. []
  2. Head to RinConGames.com for more info! []

#RPGaDAY 2016, Day 3: A Character Moment You Are Proud Of

Often we play long campaigns that don’t have a stopping point in mind, and so the pace of the game can be quite casual. My preference is for short-run campaigns, or campaigns where there’s a time limit. No time to haggle over the price of blue-fletched arrows. There’s a sense that we’ve got to get to the meat of the story if we only have five or seven game sessions.

We’re playing Lady Blackbird.[1] Last year, I said we had five sessions, but I think we really had eight. But we got to some good points in the game. One of my favorites was Amy’s last scene in the game.

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  1. Get it at http://www.onesevendesign.com/ladyblackbird/ []
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