Tag Archives: DM Advice

Hook, Line, and Storyteller



Storytelling can be an exercise in frustration, trying to keep your players focused on the plot you’ve prepared and not chasing random shiny objects. This week, Sara & Rob discuss hooking your players, building investment, and keeping them on-track without railroading.

Listen to us live, every Wednesday night at 7pm EST, at http://www.mixlr.com/storyteller-conclave.

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Support the show by joining our Patreon : https://www.patreon.com/StorytellerConclave

Please join us on Discord, to submit questions for the show, chat with Rob, Sara, and other Storytellers, and read over the detailed show-notes for more information and links to stuff we may not have been able to detail during the show! Discord : https://t.co/7H8p1lGYqG

Or find our older episodes at Https://Storytellerconclave.com

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B Plots



Running a TTRPG requires us to have a main story that we’re trying to tell. Often, though, we want to include “B-Plots”- Side stories about a character’s backstory, or a paladin’s personal quest. This week, Sara & Rob discuss how to successfully run B-Plots in your stories!

Listen to us live, every Wednesday night at 7pm EST, at http://www.mixlr.com/storyteller-conclave.

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Or Amazon Audible

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Support the show by joining our Patreon : https://www.patreon.com/StorytellerConclave

Please join us on Discord, to submit questions for the show, chat with Rob, Sara, and other Storytellers, and read over the detailed show-notes for more information and links to stuff we may not have been able to detail during the show! Discord : https://t.co/7H8p1lGYqG

Or find our older episodes at Https://Storytellerconclave.com

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Storytelling 101 : Creating Investment



Great TTRPG stories pull the players in, get them invested, and make them care about the NPCs, the conflict, and the world. How do we, as Storytellers, create that investment?

Listen to us live, every Wednesday night at 7pm EST, at http://www.mixlr.com/storyteller-conclave.

Listen to us on your favorite device!
Or Amazon Audible

Find us on Twitter (@st_conclave) – Instagram (st_conclave)
Support the show by joining our Patreon : https://www.patreon.com/StorytellerConclave

Please join us on Discord, to submit questions for the show, chat with Rob, Sara, and other Storytellers, and read over the detailed show-notes for more information and links to stuff we may not have been able to detail during the show! Discord : https://t.co/7H8p1lGYqG

Or find our older episodes at Https://Storytellerconclave.com

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Stories with no Villains



Stories are born from adversity, and usually in TTRPGs, that’s the ubiquitous “Big Bad Evil Guy.” But, can we tell stories that have no BBEG? No villain to conquer? Where would the adversity come from? This week, Sara & Rob discuss how to tell stories with no villain

Listen to us live, every Wednesday night at 7pm EST, at http://www.mixlr.com/storyteller-conclave.

Listen to us on your favorite device!
Or Amazon Audible

Find us on Twitter (@st_conclave) – Instagram (st_conclave)
Support the show by joining our Patreon : https://www.patreon.com/StorytellerConclave

Please join us on Discord, to submit questions for the show, chat with Rob, Sara, and other Storytellers, and read over the detailed show-notes for more information and links to stuff we may not have been able to detail during the show! Discord : https://t.co/7H8p1lGYqG

Or find our older episodes at Https://Storytellerconclave.com

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Beginnings and Endings



Writing stories for your game is a complex task. Hours of discussion have been devoted to making the body of the plot flow well. Two often overlooked aspects, though, are beginnings and endings. This week, Sara & Rob discuss how to introduce a story, and how to wrap it up.

Listen to us live, every Wednesday night at 7pm EST, at http://www.mixlr.com/storyteller-conclave.

Listen to us on your favorite device!
Or Amazon Audible

Find us on Twitter (@st_conclave) – Instagram (st_conclave)
Support the show by joining our Patreon : https://www.patreon.com/StorytellerConclave

Please join us on Discord, to submit questions for the show, chat with Rob, Sara, and other Storytellers, and read over the detailed show-notes for more information and links to stuff we may not have been able to detail during the show! Discord : https://t.co/7H8p1lGYqG

Or find our older episodes at Https://Storytellerconclave.com

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Overpowered PCs Broke My Game



High stats, powerful magic items, and optimized characters can make challenging a group of D&D players very difficult, even for a seasoned DM. Having a party full of “broken” PCs can be fun for them, but frustrating to DM for. Sara & Rob discuss these dynamics at the game table.

 

Listen to us live, every Wednesday night at 7pm EST, at http://www.mixlr.com/storyteller-conclave.

Listen to us on your favorite device!
Or Amazon Audible

Find us on Twitter (@st_conclave) – Instagram (st_conclave)
Support the show by joining our Patreon : https://www.patreon.com/StorytellerConclave

Please join us on Discord, to submit questions for the show, chat with Rob, Sara, and other Storytellers, and read over the detailed show-notes for more information and links to stuff we may not have been able to detail during the show! Discord : https://t.co/7H8p1lGYqG

Or find our older episodes at Https://Storytellerconclave.com

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The Ship of Theseus



TTRPGs are constantly being updated for newer editions. Often, when an edition falls flat, we say it “doesn’t feel like the same game.” How much can a game system be changed before it’s no longer the same game anymore? Sara & Rob discuss revisions and identity of game systems.

Listen to us live, every Wednesday night at 7pm EST, at http://www.mixlr.com/storyteller-conclave.

Listen to us on your favorite device!
Or Amazon Audible

Find us on Twitter (@st_conclave) – Instagram (st_conclave)
Support the show by joining our Patreon : https://www.patreon.com/StorytellerConclave

Please join us on Discord, to submit questions for the show, chat with Rob, Sara, and other Storytellers, and read over the detailed show-notes for more information and links to stuff we may not have been able to detail during the show! Discord : https://t.co/7H8p1lGYqG

Or find our older episodes at Https://Storytellerconclave.com

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Strolling into Meta



Meta discussions, between players, at the table go well beyond what the characters know. But as a storyteller, should you join in on them? And if so, how much? After all it is a cooperative game and even the storyteller is playing. This week Sara and Rob take a stroll and have some meta discussions.

Listen to us live, every Wednesday night at 7pm EST, at http://www.mixlr.com/storyteller-conclave.

Listen to us on your favorite device!
Or Amazon Audible

Find us on Twitter (@st_conclave) – Instagram (st_conclave)
Support the show by joining our Patreon : https://www.patreon.com/StorytellerConclave

Please join us on Discord, to submit questions for the show, chat with Rob, Sara, and other Storytellers, and read over the detailed show-notes for more information and links to stuff we may not have been able to detail during the show! Discord : https://t.co/7H8p1lGYqG

Or find our older episodes at Https://Storytellerconclave.com

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Rob’s Campaign Breakdown



Rob’s games tend to be wrapped in mystery, filled with political intrigue, and deep fried in cinematic feel. Ever wanted to know how it gets built? What makes their doom clock tick? Well this week is your lucky chance. Rob will be breaking down his games and giving you a glimpse behind the screen.

 

Listen to us live, every Wednesday night at 7pm EST, at http://www.mixlr.com/storyteller-conclave.

Find us on Twitter (@st_conclave) – Instagram (st_conclave)
Support the show by joining our Patreon : https://www.patreon.com/StorytellerConclave

Please join us on Discord, to submit questions for the show, chat with Rob, Sara, and other Storytellers, and read over the detailed show-notes for more information and links to stuff we may not have been able to detail during the show! Discord : https://t.co/7H8p1lGYqG

Or find our older episodes at Https://Storytellerconclave.com

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“A Magic Item Destroyed My Game”



Players are crafty and can pretty much make anything you give them into an “ultimate weapon”. We have all heard the tales of something simple becoming game changing. But is that the fault of the item? Or a fault at all? This week, Sara and Rob will be discussing the pro’s and con’s of magic items and how they can “destroy games”

 

Listen to us live, every Wednesday night at 7pm EST, at http://www.mixlr.com/storyteller-conclave.

Find us on Twitter (@st_conclave) – Instagram (st_conclave)
Support the show by joining our Patreon : https://www.patreon.com/StorytellerConclave

Please join us on Discord, to submit questions for the show, chat with Rob, Sara, and other Storytellers, and read over the detailed show-notes for more information and links to stuff we may not have been able to detail during the show! Discord : https://t.co/7H8p1lGYqG

Or find our older episodes at Https://Storytellerconclave.com

Podchaser - Storyteller Conclave

#Dungeonsanddragons, #tabletopgaming, #ttrpg, #rpgs, #dnd5e, #PoweredbytheApocalypse, #MagpieGames, #MouseGuard, #Shadowrun, #swade, #7thsea