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Intermediate GM Guide

The following videos guides look into storytelling in depth, side quests and master plots, building an engaging story and looking at building the ultimate villain.



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1Choosing your setting

Choosing your setting

The first part of our series on Setting and your roleplaying campaign. Should you play Fantasy, Star Wars or is Star Wars Fantasy? Here are some #GMTips on choosing the setting for your campaign.

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2Creating a master plot for your RPG

Creating a master plot for your RPG

You have created a massive plot that works for the epic world you have built for your rpg session but the player characters have decided to go on a side quest for carrots. Your master plot will ensure regardless of what adventures your players go on in your game, they will still follow your story and believe that you intended for them to go on a side plot involving sheep. Remember they don't know that it is not what you planned.

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3Linking your side quests into your main plot

Linking your side quests into your main plot

We look at how to weave your side quests into your main plot. Creating a full, varied and interesting story in your rpg sessions can be complex especially when side quests seem to be moving very far away from your main story. Here we start with seeding tips to add to your rpg storytelling and campaign and create side plots that build your master plot.

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4Linking your player characters into your main plot

Linking your player characters into your main plot

Today we are exploring more in depth how to build up that master plot and link your player characters and their side quests/personal missions etc and weave it into your rpg storytelling so that the players think your master plot is all seeing and such a tangled web of mastery. Allowing your players to feel as though the story was designed around them.

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5Creating plot twists on the fly

Creating plot twists on the fly

Today we go further into the rpg storytelling side of being a great GM. It's about adding twists to your master plot and bringing about exciting changes in the story for your player characters.

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6Tutorial on how to draw a world map for your rpg session

Tutorial on how to draw a world map for your rpg session

As requested... an unofficial tutorial on GreatGM... map making part 1. this is going to be a LONG series of videos as it takes a fair bit of work to make a map and I'm going to take you through every last minute of it... nah. I'll give you the highlights

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7Setting Pace in your RPG session

Setting Pace in your RPG session

I look at the various methods of setting the pace in your roleplaying sessions - inspired by comments left on my other videos! T

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8121 and 122 technique explained

121 and 122 technique explained

An elaboration of the 121 and 122 techniques from the How to be a Great Game Master video on pacing in your roleplaying game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tquo1...

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9Splitting the party

Splitting the party

Today's episode explores splitting the party in your role playing game. Should you do it? Seems like a good idea. This video looks at the hows, the whys and well they are going to do it anyway how do I help them and save them from themselves?

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10Creating long term NPCs for your rpg session that stand out

Creating long term NPCs for your rpg session that stand out

Today we look at how to make great long term recurring NPC's for your role-playing game.

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11Creating the ultimate villain NPC for your RPG session

Creating the ultimate villain NPC for your RPG session

looking at creating villains, henchmen and ultimately an amazing nemesis for your role playing party to attempt to foil.

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12Creating awesome episodic villains for Rpg session

Creating awesome episodic villains for Rpg session

So you want to have villians that only appear for an episode, well here's the tips to create them for your Role Playing Game. Go forth and destroy

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13Creating Epic NPC dialogue on the fly

Creating Epic NPC dialogue on the fly

That dreaded moment when your PC's decide it's time to talk to a totally non- plot driving character, 'Where are you from?" they ask. 'Eeerrm well...' Today's episode will help you make up that dialogue easily and on the fly. Hope this helps.

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14Mass Combat

Mass Combat

This week we look at how you can run a big battle whilst still making your players feel as though they are affecting the battle. Although numbers are needed, here is my formula and how to create an interesting large scale combat.

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15Alignment good or bad

Alignment good or bad

How can you use the alignment system in your roleplaying game to make it better? Want some ideas on how to use to make the most of it?

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16Creating magical items

Creating magical items

Whether you are looking to create magic items for dnd or for your Numenera, today we look at how things to think about when using/creating or adding in epic magical items for any kind of setting. Whether for flavor, curses, stat bonus items or the main point we believe they are used for... to create amazing characters, stories and something that brings meaning.

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17Traps

Traps

It's a TRAP! Well at least we are talking about how you can create and use traps within your rpg session. This video is an overview around how traps can enhance your game and building them into an epic experience.

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18Integrating a new PC into an existing rpg party

Integrating a new PC into an existing rpg party

We all know that feeling when a new player joins the game or an old player's character has fallen to the dice gods, today we look at integrating new characters into your existing role playing session for this weeks GM Tips.

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19Making Maps on the fly

Making Maps on the fly

So your players decide they don't want to enter the town you meticulously drew, but rather some random cave and now what? Tips for creating an awesome map for your RPG game on the fly.

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20How to use maps to create or control your adventure

How to use maps to create or control your adventure

I show you my process of creating a map for my one shot rpg session of dnd using my planning and story to create an epic map with obstacles and plot points for the players. I used Photoshop to create my fantasy map for the game which you can see an actual play of tomorrow.

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21Draw a galactic Map

Draw a galactic Map

This is part 1 of a 2 part series on rpg map making tutorials for a space/science fiction setting. This map is set in my world of Braxia. It is going to be a sequence of two videos as it takes a fair bit of work to make a map and I'm going to take you through every last minute of it... nah. I'll give you the highlights :) I use Adobe Photoshop for my rpg map creation. Enjoy my game master tips for creating a space map or you could use it for any map you create.

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22Using Music in your roleplaying session 101

Using Music in your roleplaying session 101

This video is a beginning look at using music in your roleplaying session. We were lucky enough to get www.BattleBards.com to allow us to use their music for this episode and this series (if you enjoy this episode). Please leave comments below and let us know if you want to see an entire series on Music and also your thoughts and answers around the music that was played in this session.

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23How to use music in your role playing game part two

How to use music in your role playing game part two

How to use Music in your role playing games to be epic! You asked for it and here it is the second session in this series focused on using music.

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24How to use music in your role playing game part 3

How to use music in your role playing game part 3

Our next episode in the series looking at the use of Music in your Role Playing game.

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