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How to build scenes and stories

Written by Expy - Published on May 17, 2009

Random thoughts

Before I get into the scene and story building stuff…  What is it about Twitter (or Facebook status updates) that is so addicting?  I mean, there rarely any give any valuable information and I never think “Gawd, I’m glad I spent the last 5 minutes on Twitter”.  Is it addictive because it’s the equivalent of trading one-liners with buddies?

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This month we offer:

  • The Gamer Lifestyle Project
  • Articles from readers
  • Storytelling technique videos



Building scenes and stories

I recorded these 2 videos last month for the RPG Maestro and I thought I’d share them here.  They’re videos about creating and organizing your campaign in an orderly and efficient fashion.  The videos were recorded with digital DMs in mind but everyone can use these tips, not just DMs who run their games from their laptops.


How to organize scenes and encounters

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How to create and orgranize your campaign story

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Written by Expy

Meet Expy The Red Dragon

Expy is the mascot for DungeonMastering.com and the real mastermind behind Expy Games. He likes to hoard treasure, terrorize neighbors, burn down villages, and tell white dragon jokes..

No matter how fearful the legends claim dragons are, they always end up being defeated in 5 rounds by adventuring parties they encounter. That’s what dragons are – experience points for the heroes in your Dungeons & Dragon party. And this mascot is no different, hence the name Expy.

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6 Responses to “How to build scenes and stories”
  1. Jack Crow says:

    Great advice and I really think that the video format is an awesome way to explain things to people.

  2. Yax says:

    Thanks Jack. I’m planning to do more video – it’s a nice change of pace.

  3. Juhan says:

    I really enjoyed those too. I am new to dungeonmastering and those videos are really helpful.

  4. The Stray says:

    Twitter is addicting for the same reason texting is, with the added bonus of a larger audience. You can trade small pieces of information, and promote interesting websites (or your own website). You can chat with others.

    The format itself is a limiting factor that promotes brevity, which means trying to pack in as much information into 140 characters as you can. It can become an exercise in clarity, if you chose to view it that way.

    Heck, I’ve found people who use it to write stories, 140 characters at a time, building them slowly like Lego models.

  5. Yax says:

    @The Stray. Twitter stories? Interesting. I’ll have to look into that.

  6. Redhobbit says:

    Good video, I think with a solid framework I’ll be more prepared for scenes where the PC’s do something completely unexpected.

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