Can a GM *do* that?
Jamie Fristrom writes: I hadn’t played with Mark Nau in ages — and it was always Universalis, or something I’d run, or something we ran together. But just recently we started playing over Skype and he wanted to run it. ”Let’s play a Big Heist game,” I said. He said, “Okay.” Turned out he happened to have a Big Heist-ready hack of Vincent Baker’s...
About Your Submission
Let’s talk for a moment about what goes into a submission for “Hell Yeah, Gamemasters.” Great submissions tell a little story about the GM in question. Great submissions cite specific examples of a GM in action—of her heady descriptive power or his clever deployment of a game’s mechanics—and let that story carry the weight. Great submissions contain a nugget of wisdom or...
Old School Hack Attack!
Scott Moore writes: Kirin Robinson is one of those guys who just lives too damn far away. He’s out on the west coast, 3000 miles and 3 hours behind me. But I’ve been lucky enough to get to game with him once or twice a year on average for the last few years. Most recently was at Gen Con 2010. He asked some of us if we’d like to play this game he’s been building called...
Two weeks, four thousand miles, and six timezones
Giullina writes: A lot of people play a game with its author. Less often, they play the game over Skype. But how often does one author run the game on Skype for a group of people on the other side of the ocean which he’s never met? And not once: twice. For two weeks, Robert Bohl answered the questions and followed the discussions over Skype of two playing groups out of us at Janus...
Speech In A Time of Dice
Bryant Durrell writes: I’m here to talk about Carl Rigney. A lot of people know Carl, these days, as an enthusiastic and highly skilled indie game proponent. Which he is. He also has a not-so-secret past as an awesome traditional GM; back when I lived in California, he ran everything from Shadowrun to Legend of the Five Rings to Dungeons & Dragons for us. He was superb with all of them;...
The missing ingredient was persistence—the idea that the single character you...– Robin D. Laws, Hamlet’s Hit Points