If the undead creature could have shed tears, she would have. Instead, she opened her unblinking eyes as much as she could under the midday brilliance, and carefully observed the vista from above.
It was October 9th, 2017. As every Monday for some years now, I sat down in front of my trusty old computer—named “Narsil” because it’s as old and broken as its namesake—and started pounding the keys. I don’t remember it well, but I was probably working on some RPG related project. Then, I decided to watch—or actually listen to—some YouTube in the background. To my surprise, Matt Colville had uploaded a video entitled “The Climax of Critical Role, Season 1”. I pressed “Play” without any idea of what I was about to watch/listen to.
In his book On Writing—one of the best I’ve read on the subject—Stephen King argues that, “if you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” With this, as with many of the other writing tips the native from Maine expounds on the aforementioned book, I agree.
Surrounded by the mutilated bodies of young women—side by side with corpses who had been put to rest forcefully—stood two figures, ready to end one another.
During the past two years I’ve introduced more people to tabletop roleplaying games or RPGs than ever before (and I’ve been playing since 2000). Since last December, three have run their first adventures. Curiously enough, all three asked me more or less the same question: how do you write an RPG adventure? On each occasion I tried to explain my process as best as I could—and to refer to other people’s advice when possible—but I think this information could be useful to others, so I’ll summarize my current ideas on the matter here.
Happy Tolkien Reading Day! Today, March 25th, is the day when we commemorate the Downfall of Sauron after the destruction of the Ruling Ring. As a result, the Tolkien Society invites readers all around the world to celebrate this day by reading–or rereading–their favorite passages or works by J.R.R. Tolkien. To foster a sense of fellowship in any and all participants, the Society proposes a topic each year. In 2019, the proposed topic was “Tolkien and the Mysterious”–and that was the main thrust behind me writing this post.