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If you would like to volunteer to write an article for our "Behind the Screen" series of articles by GMs for GMs, please post below. Include in your post the topic you would like to write about. We will go by first come, first serve. If you need additional time, but would like to reserve a topic for the near future, please indicate that in your post as well.

You can find all previous articles in The Geeklist Archive.



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Want to write an article, but need some inspiration? Visit the suggestion thread for topics others would like to see discussed!

Behind the Screen - Topic Suggestion Thread

There is no limit to how many times you may sign up to write an article, so feel free to stop back again! (There's only one mircobadge though!)

Thanks in advance for helping us build a better community here on RPGG!

Please see the bottom of this post for two items to be included when submitting an article!

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#01 - March 16th 2017 - Cosine - Behind The Screen #1: Treasure is an Illusion
#02 - April 1st 2017 - PurpleWurple - Behind The Screen #2: Failure doesn't mean failure
#03 - April 17th 2017 - Vestige - Behind the Screen #3: Toward a Taxonomy of GMs
#04 - May 2nd 2017 - sDonohue - Behind the Screen #4: Involving Less Active Players
#05 - May 16th 2017 - LordDillon - Behind the Screen #5 – How to Work Politics and Intrigue into Your RPG
#06 - June 1st 2017 - Samathi - Behind the Screen #6 - The Long Reveal Mystery
#07 - June 15th 2017 - xTHAWx - Behind the Screen #7: Incorporating music into your game
#08 - July 1st 2017 - skalchemist - Behind the Screen #8: Maximizing Fun in a Convention Game
#09 - July 15th 2017 - Bifford - Behind the Screen #09: Evolving a story-line based on the players interactions & expectations
#10 - August 1st 2017 - Mulligans - Behind the Screen #10: How much Prep?
#11 - August 15th 2017 - pdzoch - Behind the Screen #11: Choices that Matter
#12 - September 1st 2017 - Olive the Owlbear - Behind the Screen #12: Making Memorable Sessions
#13 - September 15th 2017 - downeymb on how to make good villain plans/strategies.
#14 - October 1st 2017 - DanDare2050 on "Running a public open table".
#15 - October 15th 2017 - jodokast on "The difference between PbF and F2F and what a DM should do/adjust."
#16 - November 15th 2017 - Rob Doupe on "From Sandbox to Adventure- How to turn that setting book you bought into an adventure or campaign."
#17 - December 1st 2017 - - TomTi89 on "Rolling Behind the Screen"
#18 - December 15th 2017 - Robb Minneman on ""How to write a fun, engaging multi-player LARP."
#19 - January 1st 2018 - Darren Breidigan on "Inspiration and sources for NPCs."
#20 - January 15th 2018 - cosine on "Differences in style between Scifi and Fantasy"
#21 - February 1st 2018 - jodakast
#22 - February 15th 2018 - Karkared on "Making chases, navigating and running away funnier."
#23 - March 1st 2018 - aramis on "Pen as sword: non-violent conflicts."
#24 - March 15th 2018 - vestige on "In praise of random tables...and even encounters!"
#25 - April 1st 2018 - pdzoch on "Animal Behaviors -- Roleplaying Bestial Encounters"
#26 - April 15th 2018 - DanDare2050 on "Low Prep Joy - the care and feeding of procedural generators."
#27 - May 1st 2018 - mawilson4 on "Make It Your Own - Stealing & Adapting non-RPG Elements Into Your Game."
#28 - May 15th 2018 - robbbbbb on "A Primer on Dice: How Variance Affects Calling for Dice Rolls"
#29 - June 1st - Michael Daumen on "GM Improvisation"
#30 - June 15th - DanDare2050 on "You're Drunk! Mind altered behaviour for player characters and others."
#31 - July 1st - cosine!
#32 - July 15th - Red wine Pie on "Keeping Your Friends Close and Your Enemies Closer: Running a Campaign with NPC that Matter."
#33 - August 1st - Karkared on "In praise of minimaxing - playing with unbalanced characters."
#34 - August 15th - aramis on "Playing In Public: What's different?"
#35 - September 1st - cosine
#36 - September 15th - aramis
#37 - October 1st - bigfluffylemon
#38 October 15th - karkared on "A different kind of Evil - breaking the dichotomy between Good and Evil in fantasy religions."


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Visit the sign-up thread here: Behind the Screen - GM signup thread.
Visit the topic ideas thread here: Behind the Screen - Topic Suggestion Thread
Visit the Article Archive here: Behind the Screen - GM Article Archive

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I'm in! I'll take May if that's okay.
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I'm in! I'll take May if that's okay.


Sure thing! Any ideas for a topic yet?
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I'll follow Steve and take June - note sure on a topic. I'll wait and see what people want to see.

Oh - or maybe I should take April? The Steven Nation Army couldn't hold me back.
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I'll follow Steve and take June - note sure on a topic. I'll wait and see what people want to see.

Oh - or maybe I should take April? The Steven Nation Army couldn't hold me back.


So, April then? devil
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Mulligans wrote:
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I'll follow Steve and take June - note sure on a topic. I'll wait and see what people want to see.

Oh - or maybe I should take April? The Steven Nation Army couldn't hold me back.


So, April then? devil


Sure - I'll have to get some topic suggestions though
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I'll take June and my topic will be getting less forceful players into the game.
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And the nation continues.

I'm doing something. Right now leaning towards something on running a game for a large group of players. It will be more limited than that, since the topic is too broad to do justice in one article. I don't really care when I'm on the schedule, as long as it is after May.

I may do a series on that, with the secondary articles serving as replacements/extensions if the schedule lags or people need to bump. We'll see how it goes.

Edit: On second thought, my first topic will be, "The Long Reveal Mystery". That's manageable in one article.
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I could do something about using music in roleplaying games. I've written briefly on this before in the context of horror gaming, but I'd like to broaden it out into something more inclusive of other genres.

Unfortunately, I can't do April as I'm away, but any slot that is free afterwards I'd happily fill.
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I would like to do an article, if its of interest, on structuring a four-hour action one-shot game, for a convention or similar.

I could probably get it done by April 15, or schedule it for later in the year, either way.
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Also, looking at Lizzie's reply in the other thread, I could do something in future, on structuring adventure seeds/plot hooks based on player provided inputs.
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I'd like to write a short article about making failed die rolls part of the narrative.

I could do April, but later is fine too.
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I'm in! I'll take May if that's okay.


Sure thing! Any ideas for a topic yet?

Some ideas, yes! But I'll watch the suggestion thread to see if anything better comes along. ninja
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Sounds pretty ... dodgy if you ask me.
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I would like to do an article, if its of interest, on structuring a four-hour action one-shot game, for a convention or similar.

I could probably get it done by April 15, or schedule it for later in the year, either way.

Most of the PbFs I play are one-shots and I'm always on the lookout for more articles about them so I would certainly be interested!

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lorddillon wrote:
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I'll follow Steve and take June - note sure on a topic. I'll wait and see what people want to see.

Oh - or maybe I should take April? The Steven Nation Army couldn't hold me back.


So, April then? devil


Sure - I'll have to get some topic suggestions though


I'll put you in a later slot so you're not under any undo pressure!
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purplewurple wrote:
I'd like to write a short article about making failed die rolls part of the narrative.

I could do April, but later is fine too.


You seem the most comfortable with April, so it's all yours!
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Gimme July/August or somesuch and I'll write about "Evolving a story-line based on the players interactions & expectations."
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Also, looking at Lizzie's reply in the other thread, I could do something in future, on structuring adventure seeds/plot hooks based on player provided inputs.


Let me know when you'd like to schedule the second one. I'm updating the schedule now.
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I'll take December. We're full til the end of the year!
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The first 10 "issues" are slotted! I went by everyone's requests in order as best I could, save for the May hotseat.

I added a note about the due date. We'll shoot for the 15th of each month.

Let me know if you have any issues with the current schedule. Thanks to all who have stepped up so far! The microbadge will be sent when articles are posted. Eric, I'll get yours to you as soon as it enters the system.
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Volunteers stepped in fast! Thanks to all those who stepped up so quick. I'll start the following year -- January. I got a topic or two in mind, but I'll wait to see how the conversations go and what the requested topics before settling on a topic in January.
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Also plenty of time to get this pesky New User badge off from the top of my head! (Since I am not really new at all) laugh
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I'll join the queue, and write something about details and descriptions.
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I'll write about how to make good villain plans/strategies. Because: strategery!
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