Brewer's GM Guide - Chapter Edition


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Here's my compilation GM Guide (with a new, 3rd chapter added.) I've also tried some new formatting and design work.

Please let me know your thoughts and any possible additions or new subjects to cover.

I'm also hosting it in multiple sites because some people (especially those on mobile devices) are having problems with some drop sites.

Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/s/oph4prrax7exj53/CompiledGM.pdf

Skydrive: https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resid=652EA6399D011D3!107&authkey=!AK5G vgq8AwYimSM&ithint=file%2c.pdf


Excellent read so far!

I have something for the designing encounters part that you might like as well.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KsEUvC5QmvTQFi_zzgYM31VDfHpn6hb7xnBGAhU ed_E/edit


toascend wrote:

Excellent read so far!

I have something for the designing encounters part that you might like as well.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KsEUvC5QmvTQFi_zzgYM31VDfHpn6hb7xnBGAhU ed_E/edit

I can't get to the link. Have you made the document public? And is that link the link to the public version of the document? By default, google docs doesn't share files, and you have to be careful not to grab the "editing" version of the url off the address bar.


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KsEUvC5QmvTQFi_zzgYM31VDfHpn6hb7xnBGAhU ed_E/edit?usp=sharing

My mistake! This is a rough amalgram of tips in list form for encounter design. Combination of playtesting, gathered mutual tips for dealing with stuff the party throws at a GM and how to handle it.

I can say i've gotten very good at having the rocket tag effect of encounters go away, even in my CR 12 or so Eberron game.


Started reading through it, thanks for the work!!!!


Thank you so much for this.


Mark Hoover - Thanks!

Toascend - Still no luck. I'm still getting "Sorry, the file you have requested does not exist." Is the document marked as public/shared?


Looks like a pretty good doc. I have to admit I skimmed it, but I did read some sections that jumped out at me. I hope you continue to add to it, as well as edit what you already have. The information is well thought, and your layout is coming along nicely.

One thing I wanted to mention is in regards to your section on planting a hook early on and comparing that to the first few minutes of a TV show. You rightly address the complaint that RPGs shouldn't be like TV shows, and the alternative of smart phones and spinning dice. I wanted to recommend that you could conclude this section with something that reflects that this is a device to hook ambivalent players, and that eventually, hopefully a GM can earn players' interest in the adventure, and will then no longer need a first-five-minutes-hook in every session. The parallel being that TV shows that last many seasons don't need to work hard to sell themselves to the viewers after the first seasons. They just need good story and content.


Very nice guide. I read all of it. Thanks for sharing.

I'd like to add: When a GM reads text from a module word for word, the players tend to zone out or even have their own off-topic conversations while the GM is reading. For this reason, I never read from a module word for word. I will paraphrase and explain things in my own words, instead. It won't be as colorful, but it will cover the basics and not be completely ignored. As a player, if the GM reads a long block of text, I interrupt them occasionally with a question to clarify something, this breaks the monotonous word trance and forces the GM to use their own words to explain something.

Silver Crusade

A great read! I especially like the design - what did you use to make it look so professional?

I had to think about one thing while reading your "Setting the Tone"-part:

There are some TV Shows with a huge amount of Mood Whiplash, though I agree that this is not often the case. A Groundhog Day episode from Supernatural from one of the earlier seasons sprung to mind, where

Spoiler:
Dean keeps dying every day, often in a hilarious manner and everything is pretty whacky - and after they escape the time loop the episode takes an extremly dark turn with Dean dying (for real this time) and Sam getting obsessed when he couldn't prevent it.

I do agree, however, that this would not work well at all in a RPG like Pathfinder since the mood is created by all of the players, not just the GM.

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