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Nathan Holden
Self-published author. Still new to this whole 'social media' thing.
Self-published author. Still new to this whole 'social media' thing.


Today I tried Mythic for the first time. I've been hemming and hawing for months because I had trouble understanding how to get started, but after rereading the book, inspired by +Che Webster 's great after action reports, I finally took the plunge this afternoon.

Still not sure if I'm "doing it right" and I sure am going slowly, but going at my own pace is part of the appeal, am I right?

Interesting launcher, but would it be possible at some point to have recurring tasks on the to-do list card? I don't imagine that's such a big request, and it would be a tremendous help.

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Third session of my swamp campaign is in the books. As usual I took my sweet time doing the write up, but this time I have a good excuse because yesterday was my wife's birthday, so of course I couldn't spend half an hour writing up a session report, could I?

At the risk of sounding overly optimistic, I'm happy with how things are going, and hopefully my players are, as well.

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Considering how much of a mess the logistics ended up being, things didn't go half bad for our intrepid adventurers in the swamp this session:

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Going to be playing the second session of a new swamp campaign tonight. I've been DMing for almost five years now, off and on, and I still feel just as unsure of myself as the first time. Maybe worse, now that I know what I'm getting myself into!

Recap/AAR of last week's session attached. Hopefully, I'll be able to get the second one done a little quicker than 6 days later! If this is wildly inappropriate, please let me know.

Played the second session of a Fantasy Flight Star Wars game last night (Force and Destiny if it counts). We were looking to get off-planet in a hurry, so one of my fellow PCs went separately to get the ship, figuring that two people were easier to overlook than 4 Sith and a squad of imperials.

Which all turned into trouble when we ran into a guy who we were, ah, not prepared to fight. Which is all to say that I got to die heroically to let my friend go get reinforcements, and now I've got a Rhodian smuggler ready for next week.
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Me: "I want to have more variety in my gaming. I'm tired of [5e] D&D."

Also me: "I want to always be running OSR D&D; if I have more games, I'll preferably spend them running OSR D&D. I wonder how many subsystems you'd have to rip out of 5e to get a proper OSR experience."
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NaNoWriMo Day 2 (first day for me--lost a day to a hospital trip, no nothing's wrong) over, and 11,000 words in the bank.

Feeling strong so far.
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With all the talk about how only mega-grognards play old school games (kidding!), I'm embarrassed to admit that I don't have much experience at all, honestly. I've run a few extremely short campaigns, and a couple one-shots in a group consisting of three friends I more-or-less muscled into playing, and a few equally-short-lived online groups that broke up for one reason or another.

I don't know that I'm the problem, but the point I'm getting to is, I don't mind DMing, not the least bit, but I'm worried I don't know what I'm doing because I sure enough didn't play with any experienced DMs to see what it looked like. I kinda figured I had to be the guy, and I liked it, but there's a few things I don't understand.

First, whether in real life or online, how the heck do I use a map without using a literal battle map? When it's real basic, like running around a church, or exploring a house, or something like that, it's easy. But when they're running around a cave, what am I supposed to be saying? 'You go down a winding cave path until it forks off, one path going straight and one path going to the left?'

Second, how does keeping time factor into this? Should I be clarifying whether or not my players are spending the time to search around? (In fact, keeping time is a whole mess of worms for me, particularly once puzzles start getting involved...)

Third, if I'm not showing them the map, and most sources suggest I oughtn't, what am I supposed to be putting on-screen in a Roll20 session? Evocative photos and drawings like some kind of dice-involved slideshow?

Thanks for any advice, and sorry if I've wasted anyone's time.

I've been hoping to try to talk someone into letting me play LabLord or S&W with them but I've always been unduly nervous about voice chat and meeting new people online.

Well, when I'm a bit more settled in my daily routine, I'm going to have to stop being a baby about it.
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