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I’ve looked through my RPG posts for the year 2011 and picked the ones that I’d like to recommend to new readers of this blog.
As I look back on all these posts, I realize how many of them built upon things I had read elsewhere. Truly, the blogs are a major inspiration for me. Thank you all!
How to run your sandbox: 2011-03-11 GM Style Manual got turned into the Swiss Referee Style Manual. There is additional advice on 2011-08-20 Building a Better GM, 2011-05-05 Tools for a Sandbox Referee and 2011-04-28 My Sandbox Starts With A Mission.
How to take notes for an adventure: 2011-03-31 How To Organize Adventure Notes.
How to run combat: 2011-11-24 Two Manticores, Old School describes a fight with many ad-hoc rulings and not a lot of boring to-hit rolls. Here’s a house rule of mine: 2011-03-25 Protecting Party Members In Combat.
How to use special abilities to model subclasses: 2011-12-20 Magic Without Spells.
Character generation: 2011-03-15 Character Generation Shortcuts PDF ended up as a submission to Fight On! magazine.
Atmosphere: I liked the original “The Priest of Chaos Said…” blog post and wrote 2011-06-24 The Priest of Law Said… in response to it.
Player agency: 2011-09-08 Player Agency was very much influenced by Courtney’s blog posts on the same topic.
Badges: 2011-08-22 Badges is how I see myself as a referee and as a player.
Mapping: 2011-05-24 I Want A Lot Of Labels On My Maps. Also, how to do it: 2011-03-21 The Underdark Gazette is Full of Win (yes, it’s an unlikely title but it goes on to talk about mapping). Let’s not forget 2011-02-12 Map Making Using Inkscape.
One Page Dungeon Contest: 2011-11-01 One Page Dungeon Contest History is about the early days. 2011-04-24 My One Page Dungeon Contest Nominations lists the entries I liked in particular.
Solar System: 2011-09-30 Solar System vs. Old School D&D; also note the long discussion on the comment page.
Reading books: 2011-08-16 Spending Time With Books is about reading a series for the rest of your life as the author will just keep writing novel after novel.
For desperate referees that want to encourage their players to write session journals: 2011-06-16 Session Reports Are Read Just Once, If At All