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Welcome to the GM Workshop
Greetings one and all, to those of you who are just browsing and those who intend to stick around. Welcome to the MW GM Workshop, a place where GMs of all kinds can gather, socialize, and share their inspiration. Here you will find the roster of those brave souls who deign bear the mantle of Game Master and have come to this oasis of knowledge and fellowship.
I have played D&D since the Red Box days, and in addition to upgrading through the various versions I found myself the default GM for my RL gaming groups for the past two decades. I joined Myth-Weavers in September 2008 and became part of the staff a year later. I have a passion for epic storytelling, from Beowulf and Iliad through Lord of the Rings and the Wheel of Time series. I gravitate towards long-running campaigns; most of my real-life games lasted 1-2 years, and my first play-by-post adventure (Odd Jobs) is still running to this day.
In addition to the active discussions in the forum, you can find articles here on the MW Wiki.
Call to Adventure
How to advertise for maximum impact
All your preparation comes to naught if the players don't bite. This forum is dedicated to discussing how to catch and hold your players' attention, and the specifics of adventure creation.
Multiple Adventures that Depict multiple Stories, often including lots of traveling in between
A "campaign" is a series of adventures related in some manner, think of a CRPG like Baldur's Gate or Neverwinter Nights. Perhaps you have a grand plot - much like a series of novels - that is too large to be contained within a single adventure. Maybe you just want to tell the story of the Player Characters for as long as the game holds together. Whatever the reason, long-running campaigns have some unique issues.
Simple combat, one-shot tasks, or quests
Encounters are the meat of any game. Encounters are where the action is. But what makes an encounter? How do you know when one starts? How do you know when one ends? How many encounters make an adventure? Hopefully we'll find the answers to these questions here.
Useful tools for running your game
Do you have a nifty tool that makes your life as a GM easier? Are you looking for a tool to make your life as a GM easier? Post things like generators, calculators, articles, and more here.
Running the Game
How to handle the responsibilities of GM, from rules adjudication to dealing with missing players
The art of being a Game Master is one that takes time to master, but it helps to learn from the experience of others. Many of these articles deal with the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of the play-by-post format
What GM hasn't pondered the creation of his own little universe?Discuss the ins and outs of branching away from the "default" worlds detailed in the published rulebooks. Discuss creation of custom powers, classes, spells, locations, planes, people, campaigns, history - all the things settings such as The Forgotten Realms or Eberron bring to their games.