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Call of Chicago: Night’s Black 13th Agents: Relationship Rolls
Have you ever noticed that having one really beautiful set of mechanics next to another really beautiful set of mechanics leads to lots and lots of friction and unforeseen attraction between them? ...
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september 2014 by thelibrarian
Arkham Archivist: Gumshoe Adventure Master Class
The Gumshoe Adventure Masterclass with Robin Laws, Ken Hite, and Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan was held at GenCon 2014, 2014-08-16 at 4pm at the Westin. These are Ruth's notes from attending.
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august 2014 by thelibrarian
Six Types of Story Branch
We all believe that players should have meaningful choices when running their characters through adventures, whether they’re published, prepared by the GM, or created on the fly.
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august 2014 by thelibrarian
Cluebats and Flashbacks – Unusual Clues in GUMSHOE
An article on unusual methods for characters to gain clues.
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march 2014 by thelibrarian
The Keeper of the Clues
A guide and some ideas on distributing clues in GUMSHOE.
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april 2013 by thelibrarian
Mo’ Information, Mo’ Troubles
GUMSHOE is not about the characters rolling to get a few pieces of key information, but about the players cutting through a great mass of evidence to the real story it conceals. Even though the flow of play seems faster, because you’re eliminating the circular faffing-about sequences when you keep trying to make a roll for the same clue, the actual mystery part is more challenging. The mysteries are richer, more robust.
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april 2013 by thelibrarian
Costly Success and Information Gathering
Costly successes, though without the die roll, show up in GUMSHOE as well. They most often occur when the most logical ability to gain a particular bit of information is a general one. Say you need to break into a lunar outpost to acquire a recorded surveillance hologram. Here you assume that the character gets the item he’s looking for. His Infiltration test determines whether he’s pursued or captured on the way out.
rpg  gumshoe  article  gm 
april 2013 by thelibrarian
A Fight Gone Wrong
Advice on running and playing combat in GUMSHOE
rpg  gumshoe  article  gm 
february 2013 by thelibrarian
Three Clue Rule
How to avoid having your mystery scenarios run of the the rails (without actually railroading).
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october 2012 by thelibrarian
Adventure Generator
A D&D dungeon generator, complete with map, treasure and encounters
rpg  fantasy  tool  gm 
september 2012 by thelibrarian
RPGnet Gamemasters' Encyclopedia
A collection of articles and references that may be useful for gaming
rpg  reference  gm 
september 2012 by thelibrarian
Brian Misiazsek's Introduction to the Pulps
A guide to game mastering classic pulp adventures
rpg  howto  gm 
september 2012 by thelibrarian
Spending, Hoarding and GUMSHOE
A nice overview and explanation of the ability pool points system in GUMSHOE - handy for players and GMs alike.
rpg  gm  gumshoe 
september 2012 by thelibrarian
Night’s Black Agents GM Tips
Some handy tips for running Night's Black Agents
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september 2012 by thelibrarian
GUMSHOE GM Troubleshooting
Though most players find GUMSHOE simple and straightforward, we’ve heard from a few folks who’ve had trouble assimilating it. Here are the questions we tend to get from players as they grapple with GUMSHOE, along with the answers that helped them make the adjustment.
rpg  howto  gm  gumshoe 
september 2012 by thelibrarian
The Adventure Funnel
A quick, easy, and effective method to develop simple scenarios
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september 2012 by thelibrarian
Mysteries. Step by step instructions.
A thorough forum thread of advice on running mystery adventures.
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september 2012 by thelibrarian
Node-Based Scenario Design
Designing scenarios using nodes and linking clues.
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september 2012 by thelibrarian
Stealing Cthulhu
An interesting looking book on running Cthulhu horror adventures.
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september 2012 by thelibrarian
Dungeon Map Generator
Generates good random dungeon maps. A work in progress.
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august 2010 by thelibrarian

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