Storytelling 202: Lifelike NPCs



As Storytellers, we strive to make our games feel like living worlds. Having lifelike NPCs can make or break that feeling of immersion. This week, Sara & Rob take a deep-dive into the best ways to make your NPCs not only feel like they belong, but also react to your story.

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The Core Gameplay Loop



Often recognized as the “compulsion loop”, TTRPG’s contain a core gameplay loop that we build into our games. But it isn’t the same loop if it’s narrative or more combative. This week Sara and Rob discuss a few different loops that games have and how you can use them to help focus your players on what’s next.

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Game Mechanic Swap Meet



Every game system has something unique to offer; a reputation system, a world building tool, a neat relationship mechanic. Is there any reason we shouldn’t borrow these mechanics for our own games? This week, Sara & Rob look at mechanics that are ripe for the borrowing!

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Reskinning Stories



We all struggle with the thought that our plots might not be “original.” There are only 9 basic plots, after all! This week, Sara & Rob discuss how to lean into repurposing plots for your own home games by filing off the identifying marks and using popular stories as your own!

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System Spotlight: Monster of the Week



This week, Sara & Rob shine the Systems Spotlight on Monster of the Week by @EvilHatOfficial. Hunt high school beasties a la Buffy the Vampire Slayer, travel the country to bring down unnatural creatures like Supernatural, or lead the government investigation like The X-Files.

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Storytelling 202 : MacGuffins



A storytelling trope that spans into any genre, is the MacGuffin – the object of importance that sits at the center of the story. The heroes and villains both seek it, and control of it means victory! This week, Sara & Rob look at interesting ways to use MacGuffins in our stories!

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Narrative and Combat



Sara & Rob have spent years talking about how to build a better narrative for your TTRPG. What if your table just wants to hack & slash their way through the game, though? This week, Sara & Rob discuss weaving story together with good ol’ fashioned combat!

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Games Set In Existing IPs



Almost every single TTRPG player has watched a movie, read a book, or played a video game and thought, “I’d love to run a game based off this IP!” This week, Sara & Rob examine some of the games based on existing IPs, as well as the pros & cons of playing in someone else’s world!

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System Spotlight : Dresden Files Accelerated



This month, Sara & Rob are shining the System Spotlight on Dresden Files Accelerated by @EvilHatOfficial! This game, using the FATE Accelerated system, brings the brilliant Urban Fantasy setting of @longshotauthor’s Dresden Files books to your tabletop. Conjure it at your own risk!

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202: Workshop – The Weight of Themes



Music and lighting set a tone in movies of hope, foreboding, or fear but in a table top game it’s often hard to get people on the same page. This week, Rob & Sara will be diving deeper into the theme and discussing how to draw your players into the moment and keep them feeling the weight, even beyond that session.

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