Dec. 25, 2020


The first European episode! Despite the relatively benign sounding topic of "Structure", Ian (@thefoolishswamidm) and I discuss many thoughtful and deep topics, such as empathy, care, and responsibility. In this episode you can learn how to structure both your one shots and longer-form campaigns, how to set player expectations both "in-universe" and at the table, and how both those approaches serve different needs. If you want to hear me have quite a candid introspection, then this is the episode for you!

  • 05:05 - How to tell a compelling short-form story through structure
  • 15:16 - Structure & care: two sides of the same coin
  • 20:41 - Using structure to prepare players for a long-form story
  • 30:58 - Having a meta-structure to facilitate different types of players
  • 40:26 - Improvisation while foreshadowing
  • 46:14 - Why holding up the game structure is a joint responsibility
  • 53:52 - Rules to support your structure, and not the other way around

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'The Ultimate Guide to 5 Room Dungeons' by Johnn Four
'Honey Heist' by Grant Howitt
Intro Music: 'Local Forecast' by Kevin MacLeod
Intermission Music: 'Chill' by Kevin MacLeod
Outro Music: 'Local Forecast - Elevator' by Kevin MacLeod