Creating a Shadowrun Adventure
As I start to play more and more RPGs again on the stream I need to get back into the habit of actually creating adventures/encounters on a regular basis. Initially my idea was to play until an adventure came to an end and then take a week off to create the next adventure using the ‘playing session’ to create it. Although this initially appears to be a good idea, my own hectic timetable often means that things conflict with this idea and players often don’t want to miss their playing session – hopefully because they enjoy it so much! I guess missing a session also means that there might be a gap in my own production of videos for YouTube etc so more of a constant playing schedule might be more desirable. However, although both players and viewers see the finished product, there is some work which goes into actually creating an adventure and in this waffle I wanted to share with you my own approach to this and hopefully get some feedback and hear about how other Game Masters (GMs) engage with the process.
One thing I always have to accept is that there is no perfect way to create an adventure or encounter. Every GM has their own way to complete this task and it is important to create your own personal way of achieving the end result which actually works for you. I always need to try and remember this, since I do often look for instant perfection – something we all know is, according the Imagination hit single, just an illusion. I need to make it clear from the start that I am not to the stage of developing, creating or even implementing a whole campaign. Since I am still learning the rules for both the games I GM I need to learn a lot more about situations and interactions before actually embarking on my own world. At the moment I try to continue several threads which link together through adventures in order to provide some continuity between sessions. The current stages I present are still being developed so they are far from the finished product, but hopefully it will give you some indication to what I get up to in between the runs when the players are just thinking about how they will blast that next ganger to pieces!
There are two things that really intrigue me when watching adventures and streams. First, what are they looking at and second how they have prepared. I have always enjoyed looking at people’s setups and seeing what they have available on their screens in front of them and I do wish people would provide more blog posts and images about this. I noticed on twitter last night that @MargaretKrohn provided a view of her set up for a stream she was facilitating – it certainly looked impressive! The second point, seeing how people prepare, also interests me and hence why I have written this waffle. Although I do tweet people and ask them – I don’t get a response – guess they think I am too nosy – I am interested and hopefully this waffle will provide somewhat of a starting point. You never know other people might now write similar posts and share them with me – here’s hoping!
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