Episode 119: The hidden art of better storytelling

Fantasy world testing with table top Role-playing games

"First identify what you to improve, then get a group of people willing to have fun and give you feedback as you play. This is the magic of tabletop roleplay games for writers." - Jeffery W. Ingram

Today’s Topic – How I use Role-playing games to test out my world and practice my storytelling techniques

I love gaming. I have been running campaigns and stories since I was a preteen. They inspire my imagination. They make me dream.  However, as I have been getting older, I have stopped playing them as much.  I am two busy.  I do not have the time to waste on having fun?

Luckily, I overthink things.  I know the rewards that I have earned from telling stories through tabletop role-playing games.  It makes me a creative thinker.  I am always sought out at work for creative problem solving.  I never get stuck writing a story because I create a character that I cannot motivate to continue down the plot line.

I have also had the benefit of improving and testing my world over years.  I have learned what works and what does not work for me.  It has made both my storytelling and my world building become more effective over time. Join Michael and me as we talk about the benefits of tabletop RPGs for authors of all stripes.

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Podcast Show Flow

  • Types of collaboration
    • Peers
    • Lead and Players
    • Free for All
  • Develop the location
  • Plot Outline
  • Major NPCs

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"If you can think of a genre, there is a game for it."  - Michael Miller Mastering a new skill takes 10,000 hours. You will not be an expert tomorrow if you started today, but you'll never become an expert if you never start. So start gaming now! "The human species thinks in metaphors and learns through stories." -Mary Catherine Bateson Storytelling 101 is Dice and Players “Sometimes everything you know in the world turns out to be a lie. But at the end of the day the lie isn’t what matters, it’s what you do after you tell it. If you work hard enough you can make it true.”  - Hope Estheim "Stories are a communal currency of humanity." -Tahir Shah, in Arabian Nights

The Worldbuilding Task for the Day

Come up with a story outline for your world testing experiment

The Real World task for the day

Go Gather some testers and game on!

The Tease

How it all began

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