The saga begins.

First session under our belt with our home-brewed setting and hacked Exalted™ rule-set! I have posted an Adventure Log over at Obsidian Portal, so I won’t bother with a session recap. However, I do want to share a few things I have learned:

  • Audio cues are a fantastic way to have everybody pay attention. At certain points in the session a creepy, disembodied voice would recite a verse of a nursery rhyme. Each time this happened, I would play a section of a music box track I found on the interwebz. When those chimes started playing – everyone got quiet and listened. Perfection achieved.
  • Eight blokes sitting round a table in a warm, brightly lit room is not a good medium for a ghost story. I may reserve any further stories of this kind for times when I know there won’t be as large a group.
  • Don’t be afraid to go off script. I’m usually a fairly prep-lite kind of GM anyway, so this isn’t a big revelation. However, if you do prepare a script or outline of events, flexibility is your friend. I skipped at least one encounter and some other minor details: they didn’t end up being necessary and to include them, simply because I had written it, would have bogged the game down.
  • It doesn’t matter how much you blog, write or speak (at great length, whether anyone asks you or not). Someone will still ask you a question that has been answered a hundred times before.
  • It doesn’t matter how many times you re-read your material, or how many other people read your material, there will always be some mistake that slips through. (*cough* Academics).
  • Lastly – when you realize that you are waaay over time and call the session, a player remarks, “I knew what the time was but I didn’t want to stop”. That’s when you know you’ve been doing something right!

A big thank you to the Monday Nighters for making the first session a success and (raising a coffee mug) here’s to many more to come. Kumpai!


~ by occam99 on July 10, 2012.

One Response to “The saga begins.”

  1. Great night and totally agree with the audio cues. Listened to quiet slumber alone and at night, very creepy….

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