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Geek and Sundry GM Tips with Satine Phoenix…and Nerdarchy!

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Thanks to so many awesome Nerdarchy fans and supporters, Nerdarchists Dave and Ted were able to make it out to Los Angeles earlier this year to appear on GM Tips with Satine Phoenix. The Geek and Sundry program features different Game Masters each week tackling topics and themes to help the tabletop roleplaying game community. Satine is a tireless advocate for the hobby and has become a great friend to Nerdarchy, and everyone here was incredibly stoked when she made the invitation to appear on her show.

Nerdarchy on GM Tips

Off-the-Cuff Home Brew Games is the focus of Nerdarchy’s GM Tips episode. Fans of our You Tube channel and website are intimately familiar with the improvisational and personal creation approach to roleplaying games, particularly fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons in the spotlight of a lot of our content. In live stream games like the Scarlet Sisterhood of Steel and Sorcery and recorded game plays like the twin campaigns run by Nerdarchists Dave and Ted, Nerdarchy fans can discover the Gryphongaffe setting as it grows and develops right alongside the players – and the Dungeon Masters!

NerdarchyOn GM Tips, the guys discuss their philosophy on creating memorable adventures and experiences for players without a need for copious notes, crafted encounters or preplanned scenarios, all within unique campaign settings. It’s worth noting that Nerdarchy by no means discounts any other methods of running or playing D&D or any roleplaying game. Whether your gaming group runs published adventures like Tomb of Annihilation or Out of the Abyss, adventures within a setting of your own creation guided by the GM’s notes and XP-budgeted encounters, or any other method, as long as everyone at the table has fun you’re doing it right!

In the episode, the guys share their insights on several techniques, methods, tips and tricks for GMs to run immersive, player-driven stories that evoke the spirit of collaboration that makes D&D and other RPGs such a fun and unique experience. Definitely check out the GM Tips video to hear everything the guys have to say. Here’s a quick rundown of some points that emerge:

  • Appeal of homebrew settings compared to published campaign settings
  • How to run adventures with little or no preparation or written material
  • Importance of listening to players and letting them drive stories forward, aid in creation and world build
  • Gaming as an extension of friendship
  • Rolling with changes in the direction of a story
  • Taking notes during play
  • Fostering drama and group dynamics
  • Arranging a buddy system at the gaming table
  • Favorite gaming moments
  • It’s still a game – have fun!

Nerdarchy would like to thank Geek and Sundry for the incredible opportunity to visit the LA studio and appear on GM Tips with Satine Phoenix. It was an unforgettable experience! Nerdarchists Dave and Ted had an awesome time meeting everyone there, making new friends and new relationships as well as the chance to meetup with Nerdarchy fans and play some D&D. We love all our amazing fans and we’re so grateful for the Nerdarchy community as we continue to grow and share our love for gaming with people all over the world.

Stay nerdy!

 

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Matt Mercer & Friends Prove Every Roll Matters in Gen Con GM Improv Showdown

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Gen Con 50 was a records-shattering celebration of gaming culture with countless seminars, panels, events and of course games! Nerdarchy made the pilgrimage to Indianapolis, where Nerdarchist Dave and Web editor Doug met fans and colleagues, met awesome industry influencers and forged new friendships with gamers of every stripe.

Nerdarchy also had the honor of livestreaming a very special event, immediately following the live Maze Arcana game that Nerdarchist Dave played in with DM Ruty Rutenberg and players Satine Phoenix, Amy Vorpahl, Amy Dallen and Andrew Armstrong. Continue reading Matt Mercer & Friends Prove Every Roll Matters in Gen Con GM Improv Showdown

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GM’s Can Create an Adventure in Five Easy Pieces

adventureIn the video above from the Nerdarchy YouTube channel Nerdarchist Dave, Nate the Nerdarch and Nerdarchist Ted explore an approach to creating tabletop roleplaying game adventures. Based on the Five Ws – traditional basic information gathering and problem solving steps – this method makes creating adventures for fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons or any RPG much easier.

By asking yourself who, what, where, when and why a Game Master turns what could be a daunting task into a quick process. Preparing RPG adventures this way provides a solid foundation for both GM and players. Building on the basic structure you create is absolutely possible. But this simple method alone offers ample material to work with at your gaming table for fun, rewarding experiences. Continue reading GM’s Can Create an Adventure in Five Easy Pieces

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Our adventure with the awesome D&D community is more than a game

Nerdarchy GoFundMe trip to LA GM Tips

Inspired by Nerdarchy’s fantastic opportunity to travel to Los Angeles and be a guest on Geek and Sundry’s GM Tips with host Satine Phoenix, Nerdarchists Dave and Ted and Nate the Nerdarch created the special video message above to share what Nerdarchy means to them and the importance of fans and fellow funny-shaped dice enthusiasts around the world. Continue reading Our adventure with the awesome D&D community is more than a game

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A TTRPG GM is like a Swiss Army knife

GM tools for adventure – you only need a few

TTRPG GM adventures takes a bit of Swiss Army knife-style variety
The Wenger 16999 Swiss Army knife has 87 implements and 141 functions. You don’t need quite that many to be a TTRPG GM!

My TTRPG group keeps me on my toes as a GM. Comprised of adults, all of whom have varying degrees of adulting to do, our get-togethers are infrequent. It averages out to about twice a month on Sunday evenings. Within that group, everyone has varying schedules for work, family responsibilities and so forth. This results in a flexible group makeup on top of everything else. That last part usually isn’t a problem, as PCs can fade into the background or remain on their spelljammer ship while the present players form an away team.

 

But what happens when a particular character is important to the story for that session? Maybe the previous session ended on a cliffhanger or dramatic moment and a character’s absence would be awkward Or you as the GM simply aren’t prepared to continue your usual campaign? Continue reading A TTRPG GM is like a Swiss Army knife

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Geek and Sundry’s GM Tips with Nerdarchy

Nerdarchy GoFundMe trip to LA GM Tips

Satine Phoenix to feature Nerdarchy

GM Tips host Satine Phoenix
Satine Phoenix is the host of Geek and Sundry’s GM Tips

Following on the heels of Satine Phoenix‘s appearance on the Nerdarchy live chat, Nerdarchy is going on an adventure! Nerdarchists Dave and Ted and Nate the Nerdarch were invited out to Los Angeles to appear on Geek and Sundry’s GM Tips, with filming scheduled for July 29, 2017.

But Nerdarchy needs your help.

Nerdarchy needs your help is a very special GoFundMe campaign that’s live right now. By clicking the link you can contribute to the campaign to help get the crew out to LA for Geek and Sundry’s GM Tips with Satine Phoenix. In keeping with Nerdarchy’s mission of “for nerds, by nerds,” this clarion call goes out to nerds everywhere to support this campaign to help get the team out to LA.

In the first 24 hours, the campaign was able to raise 10 percent of the goal and with continued support and exposure we are confident that this quest will be successfully completed. This trio of nerds with a passion for roleplaying games and other nerdy things is ready to level up!

Nerdarchy is very proud of what we’ve built over the past three years. We’re ready to take things to the next level in the journey as we grow and expand. This LA trip represents a big step forward. Rest assured we will always strive to pour all our energy and passion into creating the best content we can for the Nerdarchy community.

Nerdarchy needs your help for an LA adventure
Yes, you. Nerdarchist Dave, Nate the Nerdarch and Nerdarchist Ted your help!

Nerdarchy’s LA adventure connects with Geek and Sundry

Nerdarchy to appear on Geek and Sundry's GM TipsBecause of this unexpected and amazing opportunity, the costs for the trip fall outside of Nerdarchy’s budget. With your generous assistance Dave, Ted and Nate can make the trip from the Garden State of New Jersey out to LA to talk nerdy with Satine Phoenix on her show. A fantastic opportunity for the crew, this step forward offers an incredible chance for continued growth and expanded reach for Nerdarchy.

With Nerdarchy’s vibrant and awesome fans always in mind, the crew plans to schedule additional events in the LA area. Meet-and-greets, signings and even live gaming events at the legendary Meltdown Comics are all on the table – along with ways to share these spectacular moments with fans, subscribers, supporters and patrons across the globe.

Keep up-to-date with Nerdarchy everywhere online for updates and developments on this LA adventure, as well as the usual great daily content. This includes YouTube live chats weekdays at noon EST with nerd culture innovators and creators, live game play, GM 911 answers, gaming reviews and previews and more.

What this means and how you can help

Nerdarchy understands that our wonderful fans all over the world might not be able to donate. But you can still contribute to the campaign by sharing the link on social media or any nerdy sites or forums you might be a part of and help our awesome community keep growing.

Nerdarchy’s LA adventure is a fantastic opportunity for our growing community.

Everyone involved with Nerdarchy, from your favorite on-screen personalities, website staff writers and other behind-the-scenes nerds is really excited about this extraordinary opportunity. In addition to the appearance on GM Tips, this trip is a chance for Nerdarchy to interact in-person with some of the primary movers and shakers in the nerd culture media, network and form new relationships within the nerdy community and gain valuable insights that will help Nerdarchy keep growing.

To learn more about Nerdarchy, explore the website, subscribe to Nerdarchy on YouTube, follow us on Facebook and Twitter and become a patron through our Patreon. Nerdarchy works hard to bring you exciting new content everyday and to create new, exciting ways to interact with fans through live chats, online games and more.

Stay nerdy!

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E32 YR1-How to Build a Campaign World- GM Tips Podcast

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Episode 32 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One. First off this episode is a bit of a double episode combining two different longer vids into one podcast. It seemed to make sense since they kind of go together.

We get into some world building with this one. First we start off by looking at some interesting pre-existing campaign worlds in the D&D cosmos

 

How to Build a Campaign World| The High Concept-Part 1| Game Master Tips

Game Master Tips| How to Build a Campaign World| The High Concept-Part 1 It’s Game Master tips time with Nerdarchy once again. We are going to be talking about creating or building a campaign world from the ground up. Now we are going to be building our campaign world for the dungeons and dragons 5th edition game we are currently playing in, but that doesn’t mean our GM tips are specific to D&D exclusively. We’ll always start with concepts that aren’t really specific fantasy or any other genre and then work towards the specific goal of fleshing out our fantasy campaign world. Our intent is to arm game masters and dungeon masters alike with tips for creating a better role-playing environment for their players and non-player characters. We start the discussion with the high concept. One to three sentences that describe the overall theme/themes and feel of your campaign world. Feel free to share your world building tips down below in the comments.

How to Build a Campaign World| The High Concept-Part 2| Game Master Tips

Game Master Tips| How to Build a Campaign World| The High Concept-Part 2 Our how to build a campaign world series continues. For this Game Master tips with Nerdarchy we have Nate the Nerdarch joining us as well a list of ideas from our viewers and subscribers.. We are going to be expanding upon creating or building a campaign world from the ground up from our last video. Now we are going to be building our campaign world for the dungeons and dragons 5th edition game we are currently playing in, but that doesn’t mean our GM tips are specific to D&D exclusively. We’ll always start with concepts that aren’t really specific fantasy or any other genre and then work towards the specific goal of fleshing out our fantasy campaign world. Our intent is to arm game masters and dungeon masters alike with tips for creating a better role-playing environment for their players and non-player characters. We start the discussion with the high concept. One to three sentences that describe the overall theme/themes and feel of your campaign world. Feel free to share your world building tips down below in the comments.

 

 

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Experience schmexperience! Trials and triumphs of a full-time nerd in a part-time world

A item on my list of potential topics, a comment from Nerdarchist Ryan on a recent Saturday live chat, and something one of my players said to me the other day have coalesced into this week’s examination of different ways to approach your tabletop gaming hobby. A core concept shared by roleplaying games is that characters progress through an advancement system based on experiences. Different systems have different terminology for the mechanics, but essentially it involves accumulating a resource used to reach thresholds of advancement. In Dungeons & Dragons – the game I’m most familiar with – this is represented by experience points. Continue reading Experience schmexperience! Trials and triumphs of a full-time nerd in a part-time world