The topic for the 23 May 2013 #RPGChat was Campaign Management and Home Bases.
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Tweets of Note:
Players often revisit place in my campaign. I like to run campaigns based around a home base. So its important to keep it familiar.
@TheAngryDM – In my experience, players tend to care more and get more involved when they are familiar with or connected to an area
Using a designated “scribe” in keeping track of campaigns:
Tabletop GMs: Do you ever designate a player to be scribe to keep track of the events of your RPG sessions for later reference?
@StarArmy I don’t designate but I’ve had players volunteer for that job
@StarArmy At our table, that would be met with cries of “Not it!” We produce a lot of new fiction in our games. It’d be a chore
@StarArmy I keep my own recaps. I find it helpful for me. But most of my players also keep notes for themselves.
@StarArmy I don’t designate, but it does irritate me that it’s ALWAYS the female player who volunteers to step up. 🙁
Setting and premise seem interconnected. A worldhopping game can have lots of settings, important to manage player expectations.
@zkline In a worldhopping campaign, the setting is the area where all the worlds exist.
@EricMPaq So all of history, potentially, in a time travelling campaign? 😉
Some sage advice on GMing:
Home bases for the party:
One thing I’ll say, on home bases: be very careful about turning them against the players. It can be a scary, tense…
… development, but remember the players need a place to feel safe and neutral ground. Such things should be temporary.
To give a home base character, give it characters! Maybe some of the PCs family or a housecarl or servant is there to greet them.
Remember: if you use a safe place as a reward, making it unsafe is like smashing a PC’s magic items or taking away their levels. #rpgchat
I find that giving PC’s a base is a good way to get them invested in a campaign and give them a sense of home.
Tips for running a campaign:
How about campaign management? Do you have any go-to methods to ease that burden?
@BeefGriller I’m super-organized and keep all my notes, maps, and other materials in a single binder in order
A recent management tool I’ve started using is a wiki, in my case Obsidian Portal.
My only real suggestion for campaign management is recruit the players for help and reward them for that help
RT @StarArmy: Wikis are great for RPGs. Not just searchable but shareable! Documenting campaign goes from 1-man task to group fun.
As a new iPad owner, I’d like to hear recommendations to use it for campaign management. Any ideas?
@BeefGriller I use Evernote for my notes and flip through if for images and such
Yep. I have stickies in my books. RT @Matthew__McHale: I ALWAYS tab out my rule books. Does anyone else tab out rule books.
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