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Phil Nicholls
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Hi GMs,

How is your week running? The long summer holiday has finally arrived, so I am busy with childcare duties. Finding time for the many chores, and the game prep, is a question of juggling competing demands. Having Players make unexpected choices in the campaign gave me extra work.

Meanwhile, over at Tales of a GM, I keep pushing to ensure a full schedule of articles. The latest long blog post was my contribution to the July Blog Carnival. The chosen topic was dark settings, so I wrote about the many grimdark interludes I weave into the main campaign.

I am fascinated by the darkness, but do not want to explore it as the focus of the main game. Thus, frequent short interludes allow us to explore grimdark worlds, while acting as a contrast to the more heroic central campaign.

Is this how you would weave them together?

Happy Gaming
Phil


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Hi Bloggers,

How was your weekend? I squeezed in a surprising number of games, which makes me hopeful for the long summer holidays. Maybe it will not be all stress, shouting at the boys and chores around the house. Maybe.

Meanwhile, over at Tales of a GM, I posted my contribution to the July Blog Carnival. in writing this essay, I realised I have run a lot of interludes with a grim backdrop. I find the contrast between a dark one-shot and the lighter campaign serves to contrast them both.

Do you ever change the tone in a similar way?

Happy Gaming
Phil


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Hi Gamers,

Do you have a session lined up for the weekend? We should be playing HeroQuest Glorantha again, with a hack of 14 Days running in parallel. I always hope for family gaming on Sunday, but this rarely pans out for me.

However, this weekend marks the start of the long school holidays. I am sure I will persuade the boys to play at least a few boardgames over the summer. They are starting to be interested in Euro-style games, which is encouraging.

Meanwhile, the focus at Tales of a GM for the early part of this month has been the latest round of the Storm & Shield contest. The theme is Doomsday Devices, and we are about to close out the voting. I listed the five entries in the voting post, and there are details about how to vote.

I received a great selection of entries. I hope you can find the time to read them, and then help select a winner. Please act quickly, as voting closes tomorrow.

Happy Gaming
Phil


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Phil Nicholls commented on a post on Blogger.
Hi,

I love history and historical gaming. I did try running a Napoleonic-era game, and it was a lot of fun. I was not using the easiest rules, but the setting was awesome.

However, these days I just want to turn up the dial for the game, and this means adding fantasy elements.

Thanks for sharing
Phil

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Hi GMs,

Is the week running smoothly for you? I volunteered at school for the last time this term, accompanying a class trip to the beach. This was fun, but disrupted my day. I now find it tricky to focus on my game prep.

Meanwhile, over at Tales of a GM, I have been focusing on the latest round of the wandering Warlock's Journal contest. I chose a topic to continue my long-running Storm & Shield theme, this time it was Doomsday Devices.

The contest is now closed, but the voting window remains open for a few more days. I received five entries, so picking a winner is not so easy this time. I hope you can help by reading the submissions, and voting for a winner.

Happy Gaming
Phil


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Hi Bloggers,

How was your weekend? We missed Sunday family gaming for another week. At least I had roleplaying on Saturday for my weekly gaming fix. The Player handout I stressed about all week was not used, so this is one less piece of prep for next weekend.

I am in the process of writing my contribution to the July Blog Carnival. In the meantime, I am busy promoting the voting for the Storm & Shield: Doomsday Devices contest. This is the latest round of the wandering Warlock's Journal contest hosted by Tales of a GM.

I received five entries for the contest, and these are listed in the voting post. Details of the online voting can also be found at the end of the article.

I hope you can find the time to read the varied entries, and help choose a winner.

Happy Gaming
Phil


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Hi Gamers,

Do you have cool plans for the weekend? Any gaming? I have another session of HeroQuest Glorantha lined up, although I need a final push to prepare a Player handout. This is a lot more pre-game detail than I usually create, so I find it hard to focus on producing a good handout.

Meanwhile, over at Tales of a GM, the long blog post for the week was yet another contribution to the February Blog Carnival. I have now reached the eleventh essay in the series. Part 11 looks at tricks and tips for running contests at the table.

One aspect of successful improv lies in good preparation. Weird, huh?

Happy Gaming
Phil


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Hi GMs,

What do you have lined up for the weekend? I am in the final stages of preparing another session of our HeroQuest Glorantha campaign. After an enforced break of several weeks, it is good to be stringing sessions together again. Do your games run in fits and starts?

Meanwhile, over at Tales of a GM, the latest long blog post was yet another contribution to the February Blog Carnival. This is proving to be a long series about improv encounters. Part 11 finally presents advice about running contests as an improv GM. Surprisingly, a lot of it is about good preparation.

Weird, huh?

Happy Gaming
Phil


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Hi Bloggers,

How was your weekend? Did you squeeze in much gaming? I was pleased to return to roleplaying on Saturday, with HeroQuest Glorantha, weaving in a hacked version of 14 Days as a sub-game. Very little was achieved, but the Players had fun adding a touch of mayhem to the dwarven city.

Meanwhile, over at Tales of a GM, I keep posting articles for the long-departed February Blog Carnival. This week I reached the eleventh essay in the series. Really, I am approaching the end. Almost.

Part 11 explored a few methods of running contests as an improv GM. The sheer energy of improvising will carry you some way, but clever prep can also buoy your confidence and generally help you at the table.

Happy Gaming
Phil


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Hi Gamers,

What do you have planned for the weekend? I have Magic and HeroQuest Glorantha lined up for Saturday, which will be a welcome relief after a troubling week. I hope for family gaming on Sunday, but that is more of a stretch.

Meanwhile, over at Tales of a GM, I updated the blog as best I could around my busy schedule. The long post for last weekend was the launch to the latest contest hosted on the blog. This round of the Storm & Shield contest is sponsored by Ennead Games.

Could you design an interesting Doomsday Device? Would you like a pdf just for entering? See the blog for more details.

Best of luck
Phil
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