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Its a sum m e r’ d ay and I’ running a gam e in m y ’ s m b ack gard e n. M y onl pre parat y ion f t e gam e is or h scrib b ld w ord s: “D e coy t am ”, “H ot l “Som e t ing e e e ”, h b l s up”. ow A s t e gam e progre sse s, its clar t at h al t e pl rs h ’ e h f h aye w ant an inv st iv gam e and h al w ant t sh oot e igat e f o t ings. I h av no pre pl h e anne d id e as, so I f l t e ir ol ow h lad , giv e ing t e f h irst group a m yst ry t sole , t e e o v h se cond a m onst r t h unt e o . Th e gam e goe s w e l Th e pl rs say t e y e nj d t e l . aye h oye h st ory, w h ich I inv nt d on t e f y. e e h l F e ye ars ago, I couln’ h av run a gam e t is w ay. I’ iv d t e h d h av pre pare d f h ours b e f e or ore a gam e , arriv ing w it h sh e av s of not s, rail ing pl rs t rough m y e e road aye h ad v nt . e ure Th e n I t ook an im prov course . Th e sk il I larnt – l s e inv nt st s on t e f y, b e ing spont ous, pl e ing orie h l ane aying w it ot e rs – f d int m y rolpl h h e o e aying and m ad e it b e t e r. t

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Pl ...........................................................................2 ay St w ork in g............................................................ 3 op D on 'tpl ah e ad ......................................................4 an H ol id e as l t y ..................................................... 5 d igh l Be av rage .................................................................6 e A borin g e xpe rim e n t.................................................7 Be obv ious .................................................................8 A n obv ious e xpe rim e n t............................................ 9 Ltyour guard d ow n ..............................................10 e D on 'tpre t n d .........................................................12 e M ov g f ard ..................................................... 13 in orw GM in g an ad v n t w it outpl n in g................ 13 e ure h an

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Buil .......................................................................16 d Sh oot g id e as d ow n ...............................................16 in Builin g on id e as ....................................................20 d Ye s, A n d ................................................................. 21 Im agin e ife v ryon e buil on e v ry id e a..................22 e t e Sh oot g id e as d ow n d e l rat l ...........................23 in ibe e y M ov g f ard ..................................................... 24 in orw ii

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St us ..................................................................... 26 at St s an d st us ...................................................26 orie at St us be h av at iours ...................................................28 R e ason s t pl l st us ..................................... 29 o ay ow at R e ason s t pl h igh st us ....................................29 o ay at St us is e m ot al at ion .................................................30 Com ic an d se rious st us ....................................... 31 at H ow t rolpl re al ic re l ion sh ips ...................31 o e ay ist at St us in rolpl g gam e s ...................................32 at e ayin T s ofst us ........................................................33 ype at M ov g f ard ..................................................... 34 in orw

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T lst s ...............................................................36 e l orie Cre at rout e s an d bre ak t e m ..............................37 e in h Cre at pl f s an d ad d a t t...............................39 e at orm il Cre at a st us re l ion sh ip an d ale r it................. 41 e at at t Cre at a m yst ry an d sole it................................. 42 e e v D e l e r on your prom ise s ....................................... 43 iv R e in corporat ......................................................... 44 e A n um be r guid e l e ................................................45 in Th e t roubl w it t e h roubl.........................................46 e A n ord e rin g guid e l e ............................................47 in T o good w ays t st st s w it t w o art orie h roubl...........49 e M oral ilm m as ......................................................50 d e Ge tt t e act ..................................................... 51 o h ion K e e p t e act on st .......................................... 52 h ion age J if ..................................................................... 53 ust y M ov g f ard ..................................................... 54 in orw

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W ork t t e r.........................................................56 oge h Giv t e ot e r guy a good t e ...............................57 e h h im L grace f l ........................................................58 ose ul y T rust....................................................................... 58 Scre w w it e ach ot e r.............................................59 h h T e risk s ................................................................ 61 ak D o t in gs you d on 'tw an tt d o.............................62 h o D o itagain ..............................................................63 Puton a sh ow .........................................................63 En e rgy .................................................................... 64 Fitin t t e group ................................................... 66 o h

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I'l d e scrib e h ow t e at e l o pl k ings. T st . and pl lss. at l e or aying your ch aract r. I'l d iscuss h ow rolpl o art l l e aying gam e s of e n se e m l e w ork . Th e goalof t is b ook is f h un: w h e n I t k al ab out st s. w h e n you h l h h put on a sh ow . If inst ad . and d e scrib e h ow t m ak e t e m b e t e r. I'l d e scrib e h ow w e of e n k il ot e r d l t l h pl rs' id e as. t ik e an e t e gam e ge t b e t e r. w e t e id e as and run w it aye . re m e m b e r t at orie h h e v ryt ing aim s atm ak ing gam e s f e h un. in P ay. I'l t e t e id e as I larnt in h l ak h e im prov ion. e ak h t e m . Using st us t ch niq ue s. W h e n you w ork w e l w it ot e rs. w h e n you scre w w it ot e r pl rs. ruct o h t F l in W ork T t e r.Int roduct ion In t is b ook . yse h st ure . h h aye your gam e com e s t l e . h h l v . se rv s and e v ryone in b e t e e n. If w e w ork lss. ay ant e w But t e h e art of t is b ook is T l h h e l St ing orie s . gam e s t e f igh t h ak l . id e as and t e orie s. o if Be f ore I st . lt t e a st p b ack and l at art h e 's ak e ook t e t e ory I'lb e using. and d e scrib e h ow t e y can m ak e gam e s isat h m ore f un. A f e r t at in St us . l ak orie . f rom a d unge on craw lt a Gre e k e pic. t ough . Ev ry e gam e . I'l giv id e as f pl t h . I'l t k ab out pl inal y. oge h l al aying w it h ot e rs. h as a o st ory at it h e art I'l t e st s apart anal t e ir s . in Buil . h s t Th e n.

or v v rsa. P rh aps one w il se e m m ore nat h e l uralt o you: pe rh aps you re l e b e t e r t t ings you can d o at t o h t an m yst h icalZ e n l anguage . e H ow e v r. im prov your gam e . o h aye Th rough out t is b ook . e F e xam pl: or e • • • “Be m ore b oring!” “D o not ing!” h “St t op rying t b e clv r!” o e e P rh aps you can se e se nse in t e se id e as now : f e h or e xam pl. I h ope . ch anging st us. M any of t e id e as in t is b ook are Z e n-l e : t e y inv v d oing h h ik h ole lss. H ow e v r. if you d o not ing in a gam e . e orie at b uiling on ot e r pl rs’id e as. you’ ll e n e h l ist m ore t ot e r pl rs. ice e e t e t o w ork b e stw h e n use d t t e r. h w oge h v i . l h h o e h Now . of course . I’ l d e scrib e t ch niq ue s l e t is: l e ik h re incorporat ing it m s in st s. Th e se t ch niq ue s w il d h aye e l . t ch niq ue s are onl h al t e st e e y f h ory.Th e Z e n ofgam ing W h at d o you w ant f rom t is b ook ? M any rolpl rs h e aye w ilw antt in gs t e y can d o t im prov t e ir gam e . I’ le xpl b ot t e t ch niq ue h l ain h h e and t e Z e n.

Th is isat e d b ook incl e s m any oft e se e xpand e d id e as.W h e re do t e s e ide as com e f ? h rom Th e id e as in t is b ook originat f h e rom K e it J nst . If you e nj t is b ook . in t e se e xam pls. h oh one an im prov ion t ach e r and d ire ct isat e or. e l e K e it J nst ’ id e as h av b e e n d e v l d and h oh one s e e ope e xpand e d b y im prov ion t ach e rs w orlw id e . Im pro. ist aine O f e n. O t e r id e as com e f t h rom h is f l -up b ook . M any conce pt com e f s rom h is b ook . w h o runs t e gam e . If a gam e ine is unf il l in t e b ack of t e b ook . w h e re al am iar. I assum e t at gam e s h av a t h e h e GM (Gam e M ast r). ol ow Im pro f St or oryt l rs. ook h h l gam e s are l e d and e xpl d . A h aye vi i . I h igh l re com m e nd re ad ing t atb ook oy h y h af e rw ard s. ud h Expl ions anat In t e e xam pls. t e e xam pls m ak e e e h e se nse ifyou re ad “GM ” as “ not e r Pl r”. Som e m od e rn e h gam e s d o noth av a GM : h ow e v r. I re f r t d if e re nt t s of gam e s: h e e o f ype f rom b e h e m ot s l e D unge ons and D ragons t sm al h ik o l pre ss gam e s such as D ogs In Th e V yard .

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O f e n, w e t at gam ing l e a j . W e st y rulb ook s, t re ik ob ud e w e t t gain an ad v age , w e care m ore ab out ry o ant e xpe rie nce point t an e nj s h oying ourse le s. v I re m e m b e r, as a t e nage r, pl e aying D unge ons and D ragons. A tf irstitw as f un, b utitb e cam e w ork : in one se ssion, I re m e m b e r ne got ing f a b usine ss pe rm it iat or . Itw as d ul l . L e r, I carrie d m y w ork e t ic t V pire L R Ps. I at h o am A st ie d rulb ook s, w ork ing out t ics. I m e m orise d ud e act l s ofpow e rs and com b atruls. ist e But its a gam e . So w ork lss. St t ink ing. D on’ b e ’ e op h t clv r. e e Th e re are t o re asons. F l and m ost ob v w irsty, iousl y, w ork ing h ard is no f un. Se cond l if you’ w ork ing h ard , you’ no f t pl y, re re un o ay w it . Th e ot e r pl rs se e your se riousne ss and h h aye re spond t it your gam e w il soon f e l ik e a b usine ss o : l e l m eet ing. L t n up, pl around , and you’ l e m ore igh e ay lb f t h av around . un o e

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b ut f h o d ook un al ays se e m e d around t e corne r. I’ arriv ate ach gam e aye am A d e w it an age nd a. al ost unconsciousl e an m y: w h e n t is h appe ns. t b e h h an h h o b l . it l it l W h e n I pl d V pire L R Ps. Itd oe sn’ . L ing b ack . w h ich t ol e ot ook m ont s t b uil. h e ar t e urge ncy of your v .D on’tpl ah e ad an M any rolpl rs pl ah e ad . w h ich al ays f l apart L e ot e r h w e l . not pl anning ah e ad is scary. t h t at t row s your pl out t e w ind ow . Som e one m igh t say som e t ing irsty. ’ t h ab e pre -craf e d pl is pre d ict l: you k now e xacty w h at t ot ab e l w il h appe n. l e h you d id n’ e xpe ct t . Th e re are m any re asons nott t an o. I h ad l aye ong. it w as b oring. h e th Now . lte b y lte . w h Ev n now . ing f or t e t ing t h appe n. W h e n y. Th e n I sit w ait h l h . W it out a pl you h an. A nyt ing coul h appe n. h h o t D on’ pl ah e ad . conv ut d pl s. you’ scre w e d . unt re Se cond l it s borin g. I pl in m y h e ad . Sit ing at t e t l. A nd t e n. ose rol h d . h uf h l t you inv nt on t e spot w e se e t e e xcit m e nt on your e h . F l it d oe sn ’ w ork . push ing your y. h e f . I’ ld o t is. W h e n you pl ace h oice an. w h ich t e y push f h e h orw ard . Th e y h av an age nd a f e aye an e or t e ir ch aract r. D on'tpl ah e ad an 4 Th ird l t e st f you m ak e up on t e f y is be t e r. If you d on’ pl you’ ld iscov r t ings l t an. t ate xcit m e ntisn’ t e re . l cont . ik h pl rs.

e if w e’ re se arch ing L on. l e m y d e t ct e t sail ik e iv o 5 H ol ide as l t y d igh l . O f t rough a t lscope ” is e ’ ak e h e e course . f o orce it d on’ push f it . t e it or e e ’ d ak . using a b oat . ’ d rop it But if it m ak e s . h o H igh l s of Scotand ” is and l unl e l ik y t o h appe n But k e e p t e se id e as at t e w it outrail ing. K e e p your id e as v ague . in t e Th am e s. if its not h appe ning. I re se arch h h Z e ppe l f pul gam e s. l e ik t e one in Th e M ount h ains O f M ad ne ss! I w ant t f y a o l Z e ppe l I w ant t sailup in! o t e Th am e s! h al ong t e h Th am e s. its a gam e . ond H ow e v r. lts say I’ se nse . its f t re se arch m ore d if icul t b ring int ’ un o f t o o f gam e s. O f course . Th is re se arch prov e s ok id e as. I re ad H P L e craf st s t inspire ov t orie o Ct ulu gam e s. ins or p I pore ov r V orian m aps e ict of L on f ond or d e t ct e e iv gam e s. F e xam pl. ah e ad ?Sh oul I st d op? ad apt l t m any st s. ond we m igh t go t a t e rn ne ar o av t e Th am e s. ab e o orie “Se e ing te h m urd e re r L ts t e a st p b ack . It w oul b e a m ist e t pl d ak o an f or t is: insist h ing our ch aract rs e se arch te h Th am e s. h h h road b ack of your m ind . But if you se e t e H ol t e id e a l ty: d on’ . W e m igh t h se arch . . h d h igh l t ch ance t m ak e it h appe n. insist ing w e go t o L on. “Sail ing al ong te h But isn’ t is pl t h anning Th am e s” is unspe cif ic.H ol ide as l t y d igh l I e nj oy re se arch ing f or gam e s. t or se iz e it . d t ik o w ork . and . f a h or b od y. D o t ink of t ings you’ an or h o h h d D rop an id e a if it w ouln’ l e t h appe n in gam e s. D on’ t pl f t e m t h appe n. I w ant a ch ase . “ or ’ A m ot orcycl e int re st e ing t o im agine ch ase t rough h te h t ings t h appe n in gam e s.

b e av rage .But t ats t e f h ’ h un. t h oo. It d oe sn’ w ork . e pre conce iv d id e as. t Now . Th e h ard e r you t t e m ore you f . you’ b ad . I’ e giv n e ry o m v e spe e ch e s in V pire L R Ps. Be av rage e P arad oxical w h e n you t t b e b oring. W h e n you t t b e av rage . Be d ul e e l . D on’ t t pl w e l t ry o t ry o ay l . W h e ne v r I t t b e good . ry o re int re st t w at . st am A raining t b e o e nt rt e aining: I ne v r w as. W h e n you’ t ry o t re rying t b e o good . you’ l y. h ail Inst ad . I’ e b e e n e nt rt v e aining and b ril l iant at t e t l: h ab e b ut ne v r w h e n I’ t e m rying t b e e nt rt o e aining and b ril . re In t e ir b ook h M axim um P rf e orm ance . W e ’ e al pl d w it pe opl w h o t t b e f v l aye h e ry o unny or t t sh ock . I ope ne d a H e roQ ue st gam e e w it an in-ch aract r m onol h e ogue . Be av rage e D on’ t t b e good atgam e s. t ats e ing o ch ry o e h ’ w h e n you’ good . re ry. I’ b ad . Be b oring. L aure nce 6 . e t h o h ut you’ lh av a b e t e r gam e . t rying t b e f o unny: I w asn’ . You’ lb e m ore f t pl l e t l un o ay w it . It d oe sn’ h appe n b e cause I t it h appe ns l iant t ry: w h e n I j pl ust ay. If you re act inst l if you h av no anty. if you d on’ t ink int t e f ure .

h m e an s it w il be f e d ays t l l iv il m ut on st w . b utI h ad t e f e l h e ing t atifI h ad onl t d a h y rie lte h ard e r I coul it l d h av d one m uch e b e t e r. H e re ail is an e xce rpt f rom a st ory b y J arod Scot : t I yaw n . I d on 't care t spe n d abl o m y m on e y. e h w h ich is al t O h . w e re f ascinat y ingl d e t e d . If you’ st ing t scal re riv o e t e h e igh t of Aw e som e . A tt e h f inish .M oorh ouse and L onard e Gross int rv w e d e ie at lt s w h o h ad b rok e n h e e w orl re cord s. aim t b e av rage . M any re sponse s. rie o W h en int rv w e d . t e w ay t e h h crow d w as ch e e ring t d m e I’ d one w e l ol d l . d None of t e se at lt s h h e e h ad t d t b e good . o w h h im an d rol se v ral d ice t se e l e o h ow f I ge t Th irt v n .I d on’ re m e m b e r t any part ar m om e nt icul d uring t e e v nt Ital h e .” t A boring e xpe rim e nt O n an Int rne t f e orum .. I ul y h av coun t t a t ousan d . an d it is o h st ld ark . but t at righ . l se e m e d so e asy. t e sun w il rise an d h l t at w il m e an on l f e m ore h l y iv d ays be f ore t e soup of t e h h d ay is m ut on t st w . I ask e d pe opl t t l a e o e l b oring st ory. Th e re 's h 's il n ot m uch t se e . 7 A boring e xpe rim e nt . f f ar rom b oring.. I l back il ook in sid e . Th e re 's a coupl e w h ore s d oz in g at a corn e r t e . e ie t e y’ say t ings l e : h d h ik “I d id n’ f e l e lt at t e w lh d ay. ar . y-se e So I st art coun t g f in rom t e re be f h ore ch e ck in g out e sid again . M aybe h ours f il rom n ow . o e and you’ le nj yourse l l oy f m ore . h s w e d on’ se e Aw e som e : t w e se e you t rying. e Ye st rd ay w as ch ick e n brot . St op t rying. l out e an d se e ook sid t at it st l d ark . but I gaz e o casual at t e groun d t at l y h h f l surroun d s t e t e rn . I t coun t g t e ry in t t o t ousan d t is t e . St ld ark .

am A . o h ood t e pape r sh oul b e sk in: parch m e nt m ad e of h um an h d . w h e re pe opl h ad b e e n e igat al e d isappe aring. sk in. I h ad n’ . e ious” t ing you say w il b e h l b ril . e se l iant A not e r e xam pl. O f e n. l iant F e xam pl: in a gam e of L or e acuna. e e t w rit e n in b l . If t e ink w as b l . I’ j said w h at t m e . w h at you t ink is an ob v l iant t h ious ne xt st p e in t e st w il ind e e d . a t am of age nt e s w as inv st ing a h ospit . b e an ob v h ory l . as if I’ said h e d som e t ing b ril . in a h e V pire L R P in w h ich som e one h ad re ce iv d lt e rs.Be obv ious If w h il gam ing. Th e id e a w as ob v pt ious t h im : t m e . e t e e ry can you d o?Th e answ e r is: b e ob v ious. o w as ob v ious. se e m original h o e se and b ril . h l iant t d ust . w h at . A pl r ask e d t e xam ine t e pape r. D o t e ob v h ious t ing: t e t ing t at ob v h h h h iousl y h appe ns ne xt in t e st h ory. t e t ing t at you t ink h h h h e v ryone e xpe ct t h appe n. itw as b ril . O ne pl r sugge st d t e re sh oul b e a aye e h d w ard w h e re f orm e r age nt paid t h av t e ir f s s o e h ace re scul e d . t ood aye o h A n ob v ious id e a occurre d t m e . ious st p in t e st e h ory. W h e n I said t is. you can’ b e clv r or t h ard . pe opl w e re sh ock e d . and t o o o e v ryone e l . P e s o arad oxical t at l h y. I re m e m b e r running a sce ne . Nat ural not e v ry “ob v l y. t e v ryone e l . Be obv ious 8 . ob v ious t ing m ay.

• Be h ind t e d e sk . som e t in g h sh in in g on a d e sk . Som e se e m e d t f o ace t e w om e n. a f h nat ural e xt nsions of t e e h grand iose ch air sw iv l e s st ory. K l axons b l and are • I w ant t e w om an t b e h o orange l t f ash . Th e n I ask e d : Const ingl rast y. h 2. w h ich t ar h im e t ink up t h appe n h o l b f im rom l b . ’ k nif . Bil h l b ril . h H is b at rob e f l t t e h al o h s f oor. l e ow e e in t e st h ory? • F rom t e w aist d ow n. k e e pin g t t o te h sh ad ow s. m ost 1. W h at w oul you l e t d ik o h e r b od y consist of a s h appe n ne xt ? d oz e n w rit ing h t nt e s t e acl ippe d w it h 3.An obv ious e xpe rim e nt I post d t e f l ing e h ol ow st on an Int rne tf ory e orum . H e cre e ps t a o w in d ow . re ach e s t rough an d h ope n s it H e se e s a w om an . e im A l answ e rs t 1 and 2 l o w e re . W h at is t e coolst h e . A t ie f m ov s across t e h e h roof ops. A igh s l b e aut ul if and t o count ow n com m e nce s. W h at d o you nat ural answ e rs l y t o 3 w e re e xpe ct w il h appe n ne xt ov rb l n. l • Sh e t urns. “Th at w as t e e h noisie st B& E I’ e e v r v e h e ard . l An obv ious e xpe rim e nt 9 . h oling t e d h sh ining ob j ct Its a e . be h in d h e r. clv r id e as. t n-inch e se rrat d e clv re st t ing you can e e h spik e s. in d if e re nt w ays. l iant Cl on d raw s on h is int cigar. d e m b race t e m an.” • Th e t ie f d ash e s int h o h id ing w at ing t e ch h w om an cont inue t ge t o re ad y f a m agnif nt or ice b alor som e such . H e im ne xt ? l augh s h yst rical t e e l h y w h ol t e . an d .

l ing h ort w L tyour guard dow n e 10 . past o l b e aut ulf m al guard s. Th e w om e n ask e d w h ich if ub of t e m h e pre f rre d .Th ats f . W h e n you re spond ob v ’ ine iousl 9 0% of t e y. h t e . you’ l e b ril . ch at ing up gang m e m b e rs. I re m e m b e r w at ing an A ut an ch om e pisod e . if e e t f irt w it h is t ure rs. lb l iant L tyour guard dow n e W e w e re pl aying Prim e t e A d v nt s. you’ l im l carry t e st h ory f orw ard nat ural If you'd l y. one t e in t n. w h e n you're ob v f ious. “Th e F ”. H e appe are d t ne got e a h e o iat t re e som e (”It d oe sn’ se e m f t d e priv e it e r of h t air o e h you”). you'd h av t row n rie o e e h im e h t e st h ory of course . in w h ich A ut an w as ch at ing up t o om t w b e aut ulw om e n. w l y se xualinnue nd o. of e n. I pl d “Th e e h e aye M ask ”. im e lb l iant T t b e b ril ry o l and you’ lailBe ob v iant lf . d o you re m e m b e r h ow ch e e sy t e rom ance s h w e re in Eigh t s sh ow s? A nd h ow e xpl ? Th e re w as ie icit al ays a l e int re st al ays a rom ance and usual w ov e . ious and . e h e ace Now . b e f b e ing cal d aw ay t sole crim e s. A nd . t d t b e clv r. port im e ure raying an 18t Ce nt h ury v rsion of t e A -T am . e o o h So I d e scrib e d h im f irt l ing h is w ay int caste s. a v rsion oft e A -T am 's ch arm e r. t you’ l e b ril . ore l e o v I w ant d Th e M ask t b e a h om age t t e se rom ance s. 9 0% of t e t e . w h o w e re t ins. in a cl .

sh oot a w om an im ’ e o. h e ricit h W h e n you lt your guard d ow n. t at cl t t e b one or h 's ose o h and . W as I. I ce nsor m yse l sim il y in D ogs In Th e V yard . w h e n I say it t e re 's an e lct y in t e air. Pl rs w ant t e GM t aye h o lad t e m t rough an ad v nt . carrying a d e m on b ab y. ay e ing w h e n w e lt our e guard d ow n. F m e . h e nce . itd b e in ch aract r t say. in L arl acuna gam e s. Sim il y. not e h h e ure l w ant ing t d o anyt ing. o 11 L tyour guard dow n e . e ing f asy? W oul t e ot e r pl rs d h h aye t ink I w as a pe rv rt W as I. In a re ce nt Ct ulu gam e . ing aw ay som e t ing ab outm yse l So I st h f? oppe d . . W e d on’ w ant t ay e t t giv anyt ing aw ay ab outourse le s.Th e n I b e cam e uncom f ab l. A nd . m y ch aract r f irt d w it a h h e l e h girlof h igh e r cl ass. m ad e t e gam e m ore poignant h . f arl ine Som e t e s. T it It ad d s an h ose o ry . o e h v You se e t is at conv nt h e ions. it l you b ring t e gam e cl r t h om e . w it out k now ing ort e h it re v al a se xual ant . w e of e n pl saf . accid e nt l giv h e ? al y. e d ge t your gam e . I'v st e d using e art m anage m e nt -spe ak : "W e 'v h ad som e com m e nt ab out e s your pe rf orm ance ". But w h at w oul pe opl t ink ? d e h Th at I w as pl aying out a f asy of v e nce against ant iol w om e n? W h e n rolpl e aying. Th e y sit q uie ty. Th is l anguage se t m y t e t on s e h e d ge : so. ye t pl is m ore int re st . in case t e y d o som e t ing o h h h w rong. e v n if j e e ust a lte .

h f Pl rs d e scrib e suicid e s. . e at f ’ oo ose o h So I k e e p m y guard up. w h e re as. h ace If you ltyour guard d ow n. d o itf re alD on't"t l e or . sl e -b e at aye av ings and w ar: t e y h sh oot pre gnant w om e n in D ogs In Th e V yard or ine t ure m inions in M y L e W it M ast r. Ch oose som e t ing t at ow h h push e s your b ut ons and putitin your gam e . Its t cl t t e b one . b ut im e o e d on’ . e v n as I f m yse l I’ b e ing e ool f m ch al nge d . t In h orror gam e s. e ing pre gnant w om e n and f e lnot ing. e Sim il y.D on'tpre t nd e Som e t e s w e pre t nd t lt our guard d ow n. d on't w al l in gore . d e at s. m any sm al arl l ss gam e s h and l “se rious” -pre e issue s t ataf e ctno-one . But e v ryone ort if h e e st ays in t e ir com f z one . l y. h ab P rsonal I narrat sh oot e l y. Th e re ’ a se nse of t oo-b re ak ing. h re sk im m ing t e surf . But I ne v r narrat m y ch aract r’ f h e r e h e e e s at int rolpl o e aying gam e s: b e cause I d on’ w ant t pl a t o ay ch aract r w h ose f h e r suf e rs. b ut re al h s ab . ack e issue s". b e cause e v ryone ’ pl e s aying saf . w e com f ab l d e scrib e d e m ons ort y b urst out of ch e st w om e n rippe d apart scre am ing ing s. Th e gam e d oe sn’ re re l -w h t scare anyone . act l t e y’ ual y. w e ’ t ad ing a w e l orn pat . M any pl rs d o t e sam e : k id t e m se le s l e aye h h v t e y’ h re d igging d e e p. t D on'tpre t nd e 12 . Pl rs b re ak social ab oos: h ort aye t b utnott e ir ow n t oos.

But if w e d on't pl ah e ad . H av your pl rs’ id e as t d igh l e aye o v ague id e as of t ings f h or const ructa st ory. H ow e v r. W it no e h F l re re ad t e sid e b ar pl irsty. you’ l b uil on l d “H ol id e as l ty”. . d h aye GM ing an adv nt w it outpl e ure h anning Can t e GM . w are h ouse s of F l re ad t e e nt inal y. re ad t e l e r se ct h l h at ion h e l w it t is. P icul art ar se ct ions of t is b ook w il Th e n. t h oo. Th e e e l orie conf ront ion at a w at r narrat e t s in t is at op e iv rick h t e r. p h h “Im agine e v ryone b uil e t on e v ry id e a”.M ov f ard ing orw In t is se ct h ion. h ire f ing il cab ine t s. ab and oning t e m if inv nt t e pl as you go igh l h e h ot t e st h ory goe s e l w h e re : if al se ong. an m om e nt t m om e nt in t e gam e ? Th e answ e r is: w e o . use your h id e a. H ol t e se id e as se ct ow d h ion w il h e l you l p l ty. av oid pl anning ah e ad : ev n e running an ad v nt e ure w it h no pl anning? pl rs ch ase t e m urd e re r aye h t a t o rain st ion. if you e e se e t e ch ance . w e 'v e xpe rim e nt d w it not pl e e h anning ah e ad . h b uil on ot e r pl rs' id e as. t e gam e : a ch ase t rough h h se w e rs. GM ing an adv nt w it outpl e ure h anning 13 Th e answ e r is ye s: its ’ possib l e and v ry e re w ard ing. h anning. a ch apt r “T l St s”. h ol t e at d h f inal conf ront ion on t e at h roof of a m ov ing t rain inst ad . w h at d o w e d o.

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buil on t e m . t h aye In st ad . e d h .Buil d W e of e n sh ootot e r pl rs’id e as d ow n .

By k il e ach ot e r's id e as. pl ans. l e h e ar h as b e e n lad ing: a ut e opian w ay t pl w h e re no-one o ay.Buil d O f e n. w it outm e aning t d o so. You w ant t t k your w ay past t e guard . b e cause w e w ork against t e ach ot e r. t ot e rs’id e as d ow n: h Pl r: aye GM : Pl r 1: aye Pl r 2: aye GM : Pl r: aye “I se arch f anot e r e nt or h rance !” “No. h o al h b ut I at ack h im .” h s y h “I f orce you t k ne e l f o in rontofm e !” “I b re ak f e and st re and up. h o In t is ch apt r. I'l d e scrib e re asons w h y w e sh oot h e l d ow n id e as unint nt e ional e v n unconsciousl Th e n l y.” “I push h e r aw ay.” 16 . t e re ’ onl t e m ain d oor. ruit Sh oot ide as dow n ing Sh oot ide as dow n ing In gam e s. d h F l w e 'lse e w h e re e v ryt ing I'v d iscusse d so f inal y. no-one w ork s and e v ryone 's id e as re ach e f ion. e y. gam e s go now h e re .” “Sh e m ov s t ard s you se d uct e l e ow iv y. I'l d iscuss h ow t pl coope rat e l inst ad . w h e t e r w e m e an t or not w e of e n sh oot h o . b y l o ay iv y e b uiling on e ach ot e r's id e as. w e spoil t l ing h gam e s.

But h o e saf is b oring. e St range r: Ch aract r: e “You’ a pat e t w orm !” re h ic “ l A augh ab l insul I ch al nge you t a e t . l e o d ue l h onour!” of “I’ going t k ilyou!” m o l “You'lb e d e ad b e f you re ach t atgun. b uil on it e d . ild . ’ : • Saying an im pl “No”.” ook m “I’ going t k ilyou!” m o l [ als aw ay q uick l W k y] Th at is. 17 . Ge ne ral it m ak e s t ings d ul ye t w e st l o it W h y? l y. ing ust • St opping t e act f h ion rom ad v ancing. w e sh oot t e id e a d ow n. h l .Its h ard t d e f ’ o ine “sh oot ing id e as d ow n” e xacty. W h e n an id e a com e s al igh h o e ong t atw ilm ak e t h l roub l. t k e e p us saf . W e sh ootid e as d ow n in l e if If som e one insul us. w e w antt e roub l. in re all e . w e d on’ ch al nge t s if t l e t e m t a d ue l Th is av s t h o . cal d ow n. e 1. In gam e s.” l ore h Sh oot ide as dow n ing St range r: Ch aract r: e F t t e urge t b e saf . st e opping t e h act b e f itst s: ion ore art St range r: Me: St range r: Me: “You’ a pat e t w orm !” re h ic “L . icit • Ne gat w h atw as j said . H e re are som e possib l re asons. b ut l you’ l now itw h e n you se e it Its ab out lk . oid roub l.

” Me: “I st you! I grab your h and and pulyou op l int t e sh ad ow s. t e aye h oo. Th e y pl an or h an ad v nt . I h av a pl e an If w e ’ e pl v anne d ah e ad . I’ going t t and ch arm a guard t m o ry o ltus in. L ts im agine I w antt st al j w e l e al il e ’ o e a e st t y: h Me: “I cre e p int t e t e rn. w e of e n k il id e as t at t l h int rf re w it our pl e e h an.” o h Sh oot ide as dow n ing 18 H e re .” o ow “Butt n is t o d ays aw ay and you m ust ow w e nt r t e caste t e h l onigh t !” H ow e v r. t e n sh oot d ow n any id e a t at d oe sn’ e ure h h t corre spond w it t e irs: h h GM : Pl r: aye GM : Pl r: aye GM : Pl r: aye GM : “In f rontofyou is a d oor. l l h aye h av oud y.” ust h “O K .” “I l f ot e r e nt ook or h rance s. not ing e nd s up h appe ning.” “No. h . st ing t t e o h av ick o h sh ad ow s.” “W e go b ack t t n. w it a rid d l h e paint d ab ov it e e . pl rs sh oot e ach ot e r's id e as d ow n. Gam e M ast rs are not e orious f t is.” O t e r pl r: “I k nock on t e t e rn d oor. t e n I sh ot h h aye h d ow n h is: h e nce .” e “Th e y d on’ spe ak your l t anguage . j t e d oor. t e ot e r pl r sh ot m y id e a d ow n.2.

w e of e n av if t oid t ings t at w oul m ak e us l h h d ook b ad . inst iv l e l inct e y. Its saf r t st p aw ay.” Sh oot ide as dow n ing 19 W h at v r our re ason f sh oot e e or ing id e as d ow n.” If I k isse d t e girl I m igh t re v alsom e t ing ab out h . I sh oul k ilid e as t atinv v se x. Th is lad s us t inst iv l sh oot d ow n t e se e o inct e y h id e as in gam e s: Pl r 1: aye Pl r 2: aye Pl r 1: aye Pl r 2: aye “I f ing m anure atyou!” l “Itm isse s!” “I f orce you t your k ne e s!” o “I ge tup. t ings b e com e m ore e xcit h ing. it k il l s t e act h ion. 4.” e iv y ow “I b ack aw ay. If I d on’ l e se xual cont nt in ort e h t ik e gam e s.3. b utw ond e r w h y our gam e is d ul l . It k e e ps us saf : and saf is d ul If w e b uil e e l . I d on ’ w an tt l bad t o ook In l e . d l h ole Th e prob lm com e s w h e n w e k il id e as. e h m yse l pe opl m igh t t ink I sle p around or I m igh t f : e h e h av t d e scrib e se x. O ur guard is up W e of e n sh oot d ow n id e as t uncom f ab l are as: ort e GM : Pl r: aye t at t e h ak us int o “Sh e m ov s se d uct e l t ard s you. . d on id e as. it can b e good t k il id e as w e ’ not o l re com f ab l w it . e o ’ e o e O f course .

you acce pt it and t e t e d ak h act f ion orw ard .Buil ding on ide as W h e n you b uil on an id e a. But using t e t ch niq ue consist nty ch ange s t e h e e l h w ay you pl w h ich is h ard .” “I f orce you t k ne e l f o in rontofm e . Pl r: aye GM : “I se arch f anot e r e nt or h rance ” “O K ! Th e re ’ a sm alt s lrapd oor b e ne at t e h h ram part s. T e xpl o ain… 1.” “I run h e r t rough w it m y sw ord .” h Pl r 1: aye Pl r 2: aye GM : Pl r: aye You can b uil on an id e a b y conf ict d l ing w it it h .” h h Buil ding on ide as 20 D oe s t is se e m e asy? W e l it is. and t e n it h l . h e 2.” “I ge tup and f orce you againstt e w al h l !” You can al b uil on an id e a b y t ing it in an so d ak une xpe ct d d ire ct e ion: Pl r 1: aye Pl r 2: aye “Sh e m ov s t ard s you se d uct e l e ow iv y. prov ing you carry t e act f id h ion orw ard : Pl r 1: aye Pl r 2: aye “I f orce you t k ne e l f o in rontofm e . t h is again.” e “Sh e m ov s t ard s you se d uct e l e ow iv y.” “I b e g f f or orgiv ne ss.” “I run m y f inge rs t rough h e r h air. . Its e asy t und e rst ’ o and t e t ch niq ue . and it isn’ . ay.

. It prod uce s an e xcit oge h ing. . h e 4. be f ore you'v You'l b uil e h f . ab e spur-of h e -m om e ntw ay t pl -t o ay." Pl r 2: "Ye s! A nd I run h e r aye t rough w it m y h h sw ord . not h e h e e pl anning ah e ad . b e ing ob v d ious com e s t t e r.. as you say it you'l re al . o a st ory 21 Ye s ." Pl r 1: "Ye s! A nd sh e d ie s aye on t e f oor. . so t al ock h you can use t e t ch niq ue . If o h Pl r 1: "Sh e m ov s aye e w e m ak e ite xpl : icit Pl r 1: "Sh e m ov s aye e t ard s you ow se d uct e l iv y... A nd . A nd ge t ing your m e nt b l s out of t e w ay." Pl r 2: "Ye s! A nd I run h e r aye t rough w it m y h h sw ord . you say an im pl icit saying "Ye s. You m ay f h ind t at h . Ye s .". "Ye s. d e cid e d h ow t re spond t w it oute f ort o o t e m .. d so lte e f ort so plasurab l and so good f t e it l f . unpre d ict l. l ise h ow t re spond .. in ry re sponse t ot e r pe opl's o h e l d id e as.". is h ard . e e or h st ory. A nd . A nd . b uiling on id e as. And." at igh s T saying "Ye s. And.not b e ing clv r. t atitm ak e s pl e asie r." t t e id e a. o . h ay A nd t is is w h e re e v ryt ing .. .. But w h e n you ge t use d t it b uiling on id e as is . W h e n you b uil on an T pl d ry aying w it e v ryone h e id e a." t ard s you ow se d uct e l iv y.3." h l Pl r 2: "Ye s! A nd h e r aye f h e r f t m e .

b uiling t e ad v nt o h aye d h e ure on w h at t e y gav you. d t an e h w oul b e b ase d on som e one e l ’ id e as: t e re ’ b e no d se s h d ch ance t pl o an. ifI say: or e • “I k ne e l f in rontofyou. se e m l e a l t . m y ob v ious w il of e n. anyt ing t b uil on? h art h act h o d Th e answ e r l s in be in g obv ie ious. d h es In f . you d id not ing b ut h . im agine e v ryone at t e t l pl d l e t is: act e h ab e aye ik h acce pt ing id e as and m ov ing t e m f h orw ard .Im agine ife v ryone builon e v ry ide a e t e Im agine t at f a w h ol gam e . Ev ryt ing you d id irsty. se e m s ob v h h . as t e GM . h e But if w e ’ b uiling on e ach ot e r’ id e as. Th e n. So. in f . W h at w oul h appe n? d F l you couln ’ pl ah e ad . If I re act t som e t ing o h in an ob v ious w ay. You’ h d t an e ure d re act t t e pl rs. ot e r pl rs can b uil on t at h aye d h id e a. or e h b uil on ot e r pe opl’ id e as. o ious: • “I k ick you in t e ch e st You spraw l m y f e t h ! at e !” Im agine e v ryone builon e v ry ide a e t e 22 . you couln’ pl an ad v nt . w h e re d o re d h s t e id e as st ?Is t e re . ik b ril l iant id e a. F e xam pl.” A nd you say som e t ing t at t you.

h Your h and passe s t rough t e h and l.Th e n. t ats an id e a Sh oot ide as dow n o h ’ ing I can re actt o: de l rat l ibe e y • “I b e g f m e rcy!” or A nd you can re actt t at o h : Som e t e s. t m e . you re f -ce can’ re act im m e d iat l t e y. t is b uils t nsion. e v ryt ing h h e h com e s t t e r: b uiling oge h d on id e as. Th e y’ sh e e r st . I l att e w al ook h l s. lh No-one com e s. your o ay ik h guard m ust be d ow n : if you’ se l nsoring. l ind t at h your guard com e s d ow n: b e cause you’ re b e ing ob v ious. e init e : and ye t your iat re act ion se e m s l e a ik b ril l init ion. iant iat GM : Pl r: aye GM : Pl r: aye GM : H e re . lt ing your e t guard d ow n. ’ Th e re isn’ a t b arm an. So. l K il l ing id e as can sim ul e at del usion surre aly: it Pl r: aye GM : Pl r: aye GM : Sh oot ide as dow n de l rat l ing ibe e y 23 al so or I ope n t e d oor. d e R igh t … • “R e al l y? W h at w il GM : l you giv m e f m y e or Pl r: aye m e rcy? ” T pl l e t is. I calt e guard . b e ing ob v ious. not pl anning. sh oot im ing id e as d ow n can ad d t a st o ory. A l you w il f so. P rh aps e t e re ne v r w as. You can pl ay an e nt ire gam e l e t is. we und e rst and a l e r id e a at w ilsucce e d . h d e l e r t b e re sole d . w h e n e arl r id e as ie are sh ot d ow n. you’ re v al re e ing som e t ing ab outyourse l h f . ik h You onl re act ne v r y . re one I use t e m agic I h sw ore I’ ne v r use . h e A gain. w it t is. h h e I ask t e b arm an h w h ats h appe ning. b y ad d ing t nsion: e You’ t re rappe d in a prison ce l l . at o v .

w e 'v d e v l d a ut h ast w e e e ope opian. a lte . a lte .M ov f ard ing orw In t e l t o ch apt rs. W ilyou pl alyour gam e s l e t is. use your e e y. h t In t e ne xt se ct h ion. alt e t e ? Not l ay l ik h lh im com plt l You'l prob ab l st l an. ab and on t e h s ay ik h one s you d on't and use t e part of t is ne w pl st e .st y ruls. h s h ay yl t atappe alo you. h ule at 24 . a lte . e e it l ud e it l So k e e p t e part of your pl you l e . e using t e pow e rf t ch niq ue s ofst us. l y il pl it l clv r id e as. w e f ocus on pl aying ch aract rs. m om e nt o-m om e ntw ay t pl -t o ay.

orie at Pl w it st us an d ltit ay h at e d riv your gam e . e . h .St us at A tt e ir h e art st s are aboutst us.

grad ual w at e s e v ryt ing crum b l y l y. O r Gre at Expe ct ions: a b oy is e lv e d t h igh at e at o socie t and . I'l consid e r t e d if e re nt sort of ow at l h f s st us in rolpl at e aying gam e s. t raise and rick h ab e o l e r your st us. ch e h e around h im . and I'l outine h ow . I'l l ow at ant ool l ist t s you can use . T e any l ing d ak ow st us ch aract r: at e • St ph anie is a m ilm aid f e k rom a poor f il am y . at t e gam ing t l. O r Cind e re l a rags-t ow e l a: o-rich e s st ory. I'l d e scrib e h ow st us t ch niq ue s can h e l at e b ring your ch aract rs t l e . Al ongsid e alt at I'll re asons t pl h igh and l l h . b e ggars. t ard s im pot nce . ist at l l st us d riv s d if e re ntsort ofst s. in som e w ay. at e f s orie St s and St us orie at A lst s.St us at In t is ch apt r.k ings. e o if I'l e xpl h ow t pl h igh st us . l ain o ay at god s . l orie at St s and s t us orie at 26 T e K ing L ar: a pow e rf K ing sl e s. f s.se rv s. sl l ak e ul id ow y. h e roe s. are ab outst us.and l st us . I'l d e scrib e h ow t use st us t prod uce at l o at o nat ural re al ic re l ionsh ips. list o ay ow st us. St us ch ange s are st at oryt l e l gol.

. a m yst rious st e range r t l h e r sh e is a e l s prince ss. V pire h as Prince s and t h am Se ne sch al j e ying f s ock or posit ion.Th e n e lv e h e r t h igh st us: e at o at . Inst l you h av a st anty. Th e sm al l ss -pre gam e Th e Sh ab A l iri R oach is b ase d on st us. ay at e h PCs b ring t e m crash ing t e art . Pl rs can b oost ot e r ch aract rs' st us or at aye h e at d e st roy it GM s can pl h igh -st us NPCs and lt t e . Th e b e st rolpl e aying gam e s use st us f at or you. You can inv nt at e k ings or und e rd ogs and d e l e rat l ch ange t e ir ib e y h st us. rising in pow e r and w e al .. D unge ons and D ragons is ab out h e roe s. h o h St s and s t us orie at 27 . e ory: one sim il t Cind e re l or ar o l a H arry P t r. ot e Sim il y. -H at w h ich it cal R e put ion: e v ry sce ne e nd s in a f t l s at e igh ov r st us.. unt h e l s itin a card gam e . e at But you can use st us in any gam e .. t e a h igh -st us ch aract r: arl ak at e • L St f ruls t e prov ord e an e h ince ofGolf ls d ie d A nd b ring h im l : ow . il ose A gain. you h av a st e ory. O ne d ay.

• T ouch your h e ad and h air • T e up as lte space as possib l ak it l e 28 . t e n l h ook b ack im m e d iat l e y • T it w ch and m ak e e spe cial your h e ad l y unne ce ssary m ov m e nt e s. as t ough you d o not e xpe ct t b e l h o int rrupt d e e • Say t ings t im pl t at you are b e t e r (in som e h o y h t w ay) t an t e pe rson you are t k ing t h h al o Sim il y.a se rv arl o ay ow at ant or a f ool t .ry t e f l ing: h ol ow St us be h av at iours • Bre ak e ye cont act d ow nw ard s.St us be h av at iours T b e h igh st us .t pl a k ing or a god . l y • T e up l s ofspace ak ot • Rel ax • Im agine you are t l al • Spe ak d ire cty. t pl l st us .t d oing o at o ay ry t e se t ings att e gam ing t l: h h h ab e • H ol e ye cont d act • K e e p st le spe cial your h e ad il .

W h e n you e giv ord e rs t your e o f nd across t e t l. H igh st us ch aract rs at e are b e t e r ad m ire d t an t h l ow st us one s. You’ l tyour d ue . W e ’ l st l b e at l il se rv ant w h o can’ l e t iv gl . ise re se t ing yourse l up f t f or a f land e nj it Pl al oy . rie h ab e its not re al you d oing ’ l y it . e Sniv l e l ing. ge ne ral l m ore y. grov l e l ing and d ying ignom iniousl are f y un w h e n its not re al you ’ l y d oing it . t ough . l e ab l t an ik e h h igh st us one s: t ink of R 2at h D 2 com pare d t C3PO . R e m e m b e r you ne e d n’ t b e nast you can b e y: h appy in your h igh 3. t atl m ak e a at h ’l supe rb st ory. Th e st ory ne e d s you. If e v ryone ’ h igh st us. lre 2. ow e v ryone e w il l e nj it R e al you’ oy . 29 Re as ons t pl . l y. if ’ you rise t h igh -st us o at l e r. Cind e re l com pare d t l a o t e Ugl Sist rs.Re as ons t pl l o ay ow s t us at 1. You’ re not your ch aract r. . w h e n ad h w it outh is m ast r. W e at w on’ l e you. b ut l e ik t e ir se rv s m ore . You’ re not your ch aract r. ay pl ay a h at -f e igure . o P asse part out com pare d t o Ph ilas e F ogg. h ant 2. ay a b ul pl a k ing. o ay. Be sid e s.. b ut t ik w e ’ l spe ctyou. re 4. Th ink of Bil at l b e m ise rab l: you can e Cl on. W h e n you are b rough t l . Re as ons t pl h igh o ay s t us at 1. 4. R e m e m b e r you ne e d n’ t st us. lge 3. h e you’ b rough td ow n. e s at its b oring. L ow st us ch aract rs at e are . W e h y e ad m ire k ings. T int om Cruise or b e h appy in your l ow T ony Bl you can b e air: st us. Th e st ory ne e d s you. Be a re t at aine r ch arm ing b ut h igh w h o l e s t se rv or a ov o e st us.

ch ange d your st us. at e ow at If you t ch anging your st us b e h av ry at iour. If you h ol your w h d h e ad st lw h il spe ak ing.som e h at l st us. b ut b e if care f . I once w e nt t a b ar and pl d h igh st us. I spok e d ire cty and clarl l e y. H at it e . e l Expe rim e nt w it st us b e h av h at iour in re all e . you m ay f il e ind you st and st raigh t r and spe ak m ore d ire cty. 2.• Be ne rv ous • Spe ak h e sit l as t ough you e xpe ct t b e anty. h o int rrupt d e e • Say t ings t im pl t at you are inf rior. as t ough giv h ing t e b arm an an ord e r. St us is e m ot at ional St us is e m ot at ional St us b e h av at iour is e m ot ional Som e pe opl h at . e e pl aying h igh st us. b ut you at 30 . Th ink you'v e h av n't e . ul o aye at W h e n ord e ring m y d rink . you m ay f ind t atyou: h 1. H e j pe d t h um o ge tt e gl b utl e d angry f t e re stoft e nigh t h ass: ook or h h . t t e pe rson you are t k ing t o h al o Th e re is a syne rgy b e t e e n t e se . Can't . in som e h o y h e w ay. 3.

Com e d y of e n use s q uick t st us sh if s: t e K ing f l at t h al s in m ud . t at are n’ orie h t t rage d ie s. e Ch ange . T rage d y of e n use s sl t ow st us sh if s: K ing L ar at t e sl l l s h is m ind . e Th is prod uce s nat ural . so re l t at you go f h rom sl ty igh l supe rior t o sl ty igh l inf rior and b ack again. s e rious . t e t h ram p d re sse s as a k ing. re al t is ic 31 . is sl l at ow y raise d t h igh st us and o at sl l ow y b rough t b ack d ow n. ow y ose Se rious st s. if ik at Com ic. al use sl so ow st us sh if s: Cind e re l is at t l a e lv e d e at sl l ow y t o gre at ss.Com ic and s e rious s t us at W e can d e scrib e t e sam e h st us sh if s com ical or at t l y se riousl W h e n a K ing is y. b rough t l . l e l e re l ionsh ips. H ow t rolpl o e ay re al t re l ions h ips is ic at T ry k e e ping your st us at sl ty ab ov or b e l igh l e ow som e one e l : b e sl ty se igh l supe rior or inf rior. f q ue nty. Pip. in Gre at ne Expe ct ions. t at can b e ow h com ic or t ragic.

h im h e or y one coul b e Prince . if e e Th is m ad e gam e s d ul Pl rs cl l aye .P rsonal I can't b e h igh st us f l e l y. at Th at w as m y e xpe rie nce of D unge ons and D ragons. w it out h b e com ing e m b arrasse d and apol t oge ic. af e ousl raid t d o anyt ing e xt o h raord inary. and h igh st us at aye am A at b e cam e a prob lm . t t o ul o conq ue r e v ryt ing in our pat : t at is. b ut t at ul e l y. e at b e h av iour on you. ung t t e ir st us o h at j al y. Ev ryone w ant d t b e a h e ro: a f t e e o igh ing m ach ine or pow e rf w iz ard . aye h e h w as h igh st us. I d e t st pe opl act h igh -st us t e e ing at o m e : I w orry ab out it f d ays. P rsonal I pl d t ie v s. Th e re w e re t ars w h e n ch aract rs d ie d . w e of e n w ant t b e pow e rf . I pl d V pire L R Ps. e s se d L e r. f f ar or e ofre t ut rib ion. t h h ace St us in rolpl at e aying gam e s In gam e s. t e pl r w as e h h aye m ort ie d . Eq ual you m igh t h at som e one using st us l y. t e y com pe t d f pow e r: onl ul . St us in rolpl at e aying gam e s 32 . or ant put ing t e m in t e ir pl . h e roic. St us ch ange s cause d upse t d at : w h e n a Prince w as ov rt row n. A gain. at or ong. t at oo: I w ant d t b e sne ak y and e o pe rf orm f at no-one e l coul. t b e h igh e h h h o st us. e v ryone w ant d t b e e e e o pow e rf b ut t is t e . and f asise ab out .

A k ing. e at il k ow Be h av iour St us.Type s ofs t us at Th e re is Giv n St us : st us t at ot e r pe opl giv e at at h h e e you. A b e ggar. t e re is P aye r St us and h l at Ch aract r St us . ow at Type s ofs t us at 33 . If you're k ing. Th e re is Be h av iour St us : t e st us w it w h ich you at h at h act You can b e h av l e a k ing. risk s b e ing push e d int t e gut e r. not t e conne ct e h ion. y at e F l t e re is Gam e St us : st us grant d b y t e inal h y. A f t r w it h igh St ngt h as a f e igh e h re h orm of h igh st us. ay h e h y. ow at pl r. ad ing ie e at A gain. Not t e syne rgy b e t e e n t e t o. e ik e h . pl t e lad e r of t e part A l -st us l t . b e h av e h w h w ing l st us. e v n t ough you're not . A b e ggar (l Giv n St us) w it at ow e at h af e ct d airs (h igh Be h av f e iour St us) is a com ic f at igure . you are h igh st us b e cause at e v ryone e l t at you w it re spe ct e se re s h . A not e r at ay ow at h pl r m igh t ne rv aye ousl (l y ow st us) d e scrib e h is at pal in sm it non-b e l v rs (h igh st us). at o h t Th e n. b e h av ow at l ing ab ov e h is st ion. w h o f s it h ard t int rrupt w il h av aye ind o e . at at e h gam e ruls. A pl r of h igh st us aye at w il of e n. A ch aract r w h ose H it P at e oint f lb e l s al ow z e ro h as t e ul at f h t im e orm ofl st us: sh e is d e ad . w il b e d e pose d . A pl r w h om e v ryone ad m ire s e at aye e (h igh st us) m igh t pl a b e ggar (l st us). D isconne ct b e t e e n t e se t s of st us can b e s w h ype at d e e pl af e ct y f ing or com ic. w h o soil s h im se l h as h igh Giv n St us (h e 's st l ing) b ut l f . l e d if icul pl f t aying a h igh -st us ch aract r. in rolpl e aying gam e s. A m ad k ing.

ore orie 34 . L t d iv in. e o al orie e 's e and e xpl h ow st s can pow e r your gam e . now .M ov f ard ing orw W e 'v b e gun t t k ab out st s.

o e lh .Te ls t s l orie R olpl g gam e s are aboutst s. e ayin orie Th is is h ow t t lt e m .

ure l . w h ich you k il and t e it t asure . M any of h h h e t e se t s ov rl h rick e ap. If t e ant h ad v nt e ure h ad no st ure .it w oul m ak e no h e o e y d se nse . t e n sud d e nl l e h y f ound a t unne lt at ld t saf t . You sl your w ay it o ore ash t rough t e d unge on.if you f ruct ound t asure at re t e d unge on e nt h rance . W h e n you're pl aying a gam e . e v ryt ing f s t t e r. b ut t e y're b e st consid e re d h se parat l e y. k il d an orc. h ory: you st art in an inn. rom t e st of h art t e gam e t t e e nd . H e re . h o h e h it oge h In t is ch apt r. F l you m e e t a h uge h h inal y. w h e re a m yst rious st e range r inv e s you t e xpl a d unge on. ak s re Th at st ure is a st ruct ory and is im port . you're t l a st e l ing ory. "st ory" ne e d n't m e an a f airyt e . e nd t e m and m ak e t e m spark l.Te lSt s l orie Ne v r und e re st at h ow im port e im e ant st s are in orie rolpl e aying. I'ld e scrib e t s t t lst s: t st h e l rick o e l orie o art t e m . It ne e d n't m e an al d ram a and t ars. cre at . It j m e ans t at f e ust h . Te ls t s l orie 36 . Ev n in t e m ost b asic d unge on craw lt e re 's a st e h .

av • W e are h unt in t e w ile rne ss.. ore • I am m e nd ing m y arm our. h o h ine • W e are d rink ing in a t e rn...Cre at rout s and bre ak t e m e ine h H e re 's a sim pl...... ing h d . . av ... w h e n a m yst rious st e range r approach e s us. h o h l Cre at rout s and bre ak t e m e ine h 37 .... h h Th e re are se v ral ays t b re ak any giv n rout . e w o e ine • W e are d rink ing in a t e rn: av .. w h e n I not it d oe s not b e nd w h e n I h it it ice w it t e h am m e r. w h e n a m yst rious st e range r approach e s us. Cre at a rout . w h e n w e h e ar a roar l e r t an w e h av e v r oud h e e h e ard b e f .. w h e n an arrow t ud s int t e w alne ar us. Th e n d o som e t ing t b re ak t atrout . . ing h d • I am m e nd ing m y arm our.. • W e are h unt in t e w ile rne ss. e ine • W e are d rink ing in a t e rn. e f e ct e t e f iv rick t st a st o art ory.

b uta m yst rious f e orce is h oling us b ack . ing h d . w h e n sh e b e gins t t o ransf orm int som e t ing o h el .. e h o b re ak t e rout . w e 'v b e gun a st h h e rick e ory.. you can cre at a ne w h ine e rout .... inuing. ore • W e go t ard s t e roar. . se A nd . ... You can t e n b re ak t at By cont ine h h .... ch or • W e are t k ing t t e w it d oct al o h ch or. you can t la st e l ory: • W e are h unt in t e w ile rne ss. l You'l int iv l se nse w h e n t e rout l uit e y h ine ne e d s t b e o b rok e n. .. w it t atsim pl t . d Cre at rout s and bre ak t e m e ine h 38 • W e are t rying t f o ind a w ay round t e m yst rious h e f orce ..... w h e n w e sm e lsm ok e ... w h e n w e h e ar a roar l e r t an w e h av e v r oud h e e h e ard b e f . W h e n you f e lsom e t ing ne e d s t h appe n. ow h . w h e n a w it d oct approach e s us... h ine W h e n you b re ak t e rout .

e M ost pe opl inst iv l re al t e im port e inct e y ise h ance of a cal b e f m ore t e st h orm . rod h Pl r 1: aye "I d raw m y sw ord and aim t e pointath is h t roat 'It t q uie t D av . 's oo . W h e n you ad d a t t you int uce t e d ram a. W h e n t e t t com e s. t e pl f h at orm is as im port ant as t e t t t at is. W h ath av h . D av . t e o h e h il h d ram at f ic orce is gre at r. e e you d one w it e v ryb od y? h e '" Cre at pl f s and add a t t e at orm il H e re .Cre at pl f s and add a t t e at orm il W h e n you cre at a pl f e at orm . F e xam pl.'" e e "Th e b arm an l s atyou. d rink ing it 'Q uie tin h e re . w e ad d col our.'" "'Ye ah . a w om an o ye l 'Th e y're t l s rying t k ilm y b ab y!'" o l 39 . f w gam e s of or e e D ogs In Th e V yard st w it inst d ram a: ine art h ant GM : "A s you rid e int A sh Brid ge .' I say. 'Ev ning. h at orm . 'You'lb e w ant t at l ing h . H e f ick s h is ook l e ye s t a t ard ofal h e 'd poure d as o ank e you cam e in. F e xam pl: or e Pl r 1: aye GM : "I sitd ow n. w e ge t t k now t e ch aract rs. you st a sce ne in a w ay art t atisn'tinst l d ram at h anty ic. . h il h : t e cal pre ce d ing t e d ram a is as im port h m h ant as t e h d ram a it l D uring t e pl f se f . il . isn'tit '" ? Pl r 1: aye and so on.

. I t t e r m y h orse att e w e l I h e ad e h h l . t ard s t e inn.Inst ad . Th e t n se e m s d e se rt d .. t e b ark e e p st k h raigh t ns e up. Cre at pl f s and add a t t e at orm il 40 . A f e r b uiling a pl f h il d t d at orm f a w h il. .. ow e I t t e r m y h orse at e h . you w il inst iv l k now h ine l inct e y w h e n t e t t sh oul com e . A s w it b re ak ing rout s.and so on. you'l re al t at som e t ing ne e d s t or e l ise h h o h appe n. w e b e gin w it pl f e h at orm -b uiling: d GM : Pl r: aye GM : Pl r: aye GM : It an col aut n d ay and you rid e int 's d um o A sh Brid ge . A l t e non-d ram at d e t s ad d t t e lh ic ail o h st ory. Th at t e t e f a t t 's h im or il .. ow h O K .can w e say t e re 's a h w e lin t e ce nt oft n? l h re ow Sure . t e re 's a t h ost l across t e w ay. h iny e ry h A s you w al in.

h at at F e xam pl: at t e b e ginning of t e sce ne . you e st l a st us ab ish at re l ionsh ip b e t e e n t o ch aract rs. W h e n you b uil a pl f d at orm . You'l e h at at im o d l inst iv l k now inct e y w h en t o al r t e st us t e h at re l ionsh ip. e st l ing yourse l as ab ish f h igh e r st us t an h im . h at orm s and t t in il s m ind . Cre at a s t us re l ions h ip and ale r it e at at t 41 . ow Ev ryt ing e l ab out pl f e h se at orm s st l ilappl s. t e at h f w h h b art nd e r prod uce s a sh ot e gun. raising h is st us and at l e ring yours. W h e n you t t at w w e il . you b ul or e h h l y t e b art nd e r f inf h e or orm at ion. You m ust ie giv t e st us re l ionsh ip t e t b uil. you ch ange t e st us re l ionsh ip. at F f l f e ct k e e p b ot id e as of pl f or ule f .Cre at a s t us re l ions h ip and ale r it e at at t H e re 's anot e r w ay of t ink ing ab out pl f h h at orm s and tt il s. H al ay t rough .

. e icipat ion. t e n sole t e m .'" (W h o k il d h im ? l e ) • "Be h ind t e b ar is a t h rapd oor!" (W h e re d oe s it lad ? e ) F com parison. h h e gone and . b utit l h 'lcostyou. H e re are som e e m yst ry-cre at t t e ing il s: • "You re al t e b e e r is poisone d !" (W h o poisone d ise h it ) ? • "Th e b art nd e r says 'I k now w h o k il d your e l e b rot e r. cre at m yst rie s. orie e e h v h Til are good f cre at t s or ing m yst rie s. t t ing t e m yst ry out or ry ak h e . w it it t nsion and ant h .'" e h e • "Be h ind t e b ar is a t h rapd oor m ark e d 'T t e o h se w e rs'" Th e y're st lt t b ut t e y're w e ak e r: t e m yst ry h as il il s.Cre at a m ys t ry and s ole it e e v In your st s. Cre at a m ys t ry and s ole it e e v 42 • "You re al t e b art nd e r h as poisone d your b e e r. b e cause e l e h h e w as sle ping w it m y w if . ise h e t b ring you t j ice !" o o ust • "Th e b art nd e r says 'I k il d your b rot e r.

. Be h aw are of w h at you prom ise accid e nt l and k e e p al y. or e • "Th e t asure is guard e d b y a m igh t ogre . prom ise s a f tw it t e ogre . A s a GM . you m ustd e l e r. w h e n ul e il 's isf t e y're lf unf f ld ." d h In gam e s.. t . 43 . W h e n prom ise s are f f ld . igh h h • "No-one h as e v r e scape d f e rom t atprison.. w h e t e r w e m e an t or h h o not F e xam pl: . is t at you can accid e nt l f t y.. t o • "Th e re is m yst rious m agic b re w ing. it d issat ying. Ifit notgoing t b e f d . prom ise s t e pl rs w il b e im prisone d and h aye l at e m ptt e scape . w e prom ise t ings. it ut y f 's o ire sh ouln'tb e h anging t e re . if you d e scrib e a prison h f rom w h ich no-one h as e v r e scape d . iv M ak e prom ise s in your gam e s and k e e p t e m . h al y prom ise som e t ing. it sat ying." re y ." h . h e ab sol e l m ustgo of .D e l e r on your prom is e s iv A nt Ch e k h ovw as q uot d as saying: on e "Ifyou say in t e f ch apt r t att e re is a rif e h irst e h h l h anging on t e w al in t e se cond or t ird ch apt r it h l h ..." e D e l e r on your prom is e s iv . prom ise s w e 'lse e itin act l ion. h e t ul e il 's isf Th e d if icul h e re . you'v prom ise d e e an e scape at e m pt O nce prom ise d . t ose prom ise s t h oo.

t an o e nd . W h e n you d e cid e d your f h e r gav you a sile r k e y.. w av e o h ie d ing h e r k nit ing. R e incorporat b rings st s. L e r st l sh e use s h e r k nit ing ne e d l t at il .. you b ring b ack som e t ing e h f rom e arl r in t e st ie h ory.. it ope ns t e ch e st af e r you k il t e at h t l h d ragon. L e r. at ak age . l e r. • Your aunt w av s t you in t e f ls. sh e 's t e n h ost .Re incorporat e W h e n you re incorporat . you h ad n't at e v im agine d it m igh t ope n a ch e st Th at d e cision cam e . L e r.. h w oul h av ope ne d a d oor. A l ough t e t t h h rick is sim pl. • A m yst rious ol m an giv s you a scrol e d e l . t e o unpick h e r rope s.... or part of a st ion orie ory. L e r. . Not t at t e re 's no f e h h orw ard pl anning h e re . F e xam pl: or e • Your f h e r giv s you a sm al sile r k e y as you at e l v lav h om e e e . If t e re h ad n't b e e n a ch e st pe rh aps t e k e y at h . e it m agical it cre at s t e il 's : e h l usion of st ure . d e Re incorporat e 44 . t .. giv ruct ing t e e f e ct t at you'd pl h f h anne d t is al al h l ong. t e m agical oor ope ns w h e n you re ad it at h d .

w h ich you cannotre ad . you cannotre ad .A num be r guide l ine You sh oul d usual l y re incorporat once . h d ow n on you. te h R ul e of Th re e . h h il cannotre ad l s. • But as t e d ragon b e ars . itch ange s. Som e t ing h appe ns. h d ow n on you. it h e h h appe ns again. • Be f ore you e nt r t e e h cav . it re appe ars t ard s ow t e e nd . t ice e w or m any t e s. • But as t e d ragon b e ars . A num be r guide l ine 45 . t e im o d e v l a t e m e . R e incorporat ing t ice use s w re ad it . t te o h cannot in t e h it . Be yond t re e . who cannotre ad it . h im • Th e ol m an giv s you a d e m yst rious scrol w h ich e l . itch ange s. ook at t e scrol b ut cannot h l . Th e f e op h inal t e . b utst l ilcannotre ad it . • You sh ow it k nigh t w h o . h • Th e ol m an giv s you a d e m yst rious scrol w h ich e l . • You sh ow it t t e o h sh opk e e pe r. you l e ook again. im • Th e ol m an giv s you d e a m yst rious e scrol l . b ut t e • Ev n t e sage . you cannotre ad . you sud d e nl und e rst y and it . t ird t e . you sud d e nl und e rst y and it . • Th at nigh t you l . you sud d e nl und e rst y and it . h d ow n on you. im R e incorporat ing once is sim pl: e you int uce rod som e t ing e arl in t e h y h st ory. re ad it . you m ust h incorporat m any t e s. • But as t e d ragon b e ars .

al s.. you'l b e surprise d h ow f you can push it e l ar . of e n . A t y e h l rapd oor ope ns. A s you t e s e urn. re incorporat im ion H e re 's an e xam pl: e m ay se e m nonse nse .. ocat Som e t e s. f h e s. Th ings t at at f h . ie h o e T re incorporat ry ing d if e re nt t ings: ob j ct pe opl. h e e l t part of t e pl f h at orm . Th is is an im port ant re ason t o b uil pl f d at orm s: t e m ore d e t s in t e pl f h ail h at orm .Im port l t e it m you re incorporat w il of e n b e anty. irst sigh t se e m une xpe ct d .. A s t e d ragon b e ars d ow n on you. t e h m ore opport unit s t e re are t re incorporat . itf l d e ad . . e l ions. and inse rt it int a it l v o d ust k e yh ol in t e f oor. H ow e v r. Th e t roubl w it t e h roubl e 46 Th e t roubl w it t e h roubl e M any pe opl m ist e "t e ak roub l" f pl . e t m ak e surprising se nse w h e n you say t e m : h . you h prod uce a lte sile r k e y. A s t e d ragon b e ars d ow n on you. and inse rt it int a it l v o k e yh ol in it lg.. you h prod uce a lte sile r k e y. "t roub l" m e ans t row ing nast st f at t e e h y uf h pl rs: aye . se nd ing t e d ragon pl m e t ing int t e h um t o h d e pt s oft e m ount h h ain. If you're t e e or ot h GM .

is O K . Th e m an in t e t e rn h av w arns you not t l at o ook t e d ragon. You d on't l ook at t e h d ragon as you k ilit l. 2. v 2. . Butt is is b e t e r: h t 1. 6. h 3. 6.. Th e re are m yst rious e w ord s w rit e n on t e t h cit w al y l . Th e re are m yst rious e w ord s w rit e n on t e t h cit w al y l .. e e your f h e r giv s you a at e sile r k e y. 5. 1. 5. Th e sile r k e y ope ns t e v h d ragon's l air.. Th e m yst rious w ord s e ope n t e d ragon's l h air. Th e sile r k e y ope ns t e v h ch e st te h d ragon guard e d . Th e m an in t e t e rn h av w arns you not t l at o ook t e d ragon.. 4. h 3. You d on't l ook at t e h d ragon as you k ilit l. Th e m yst rious w ord s e ope n t e ch e st t e h h d ragon guard e d . W h e n you lav h om e . t is st or e h ory.An orde ring guide l ine As a guid e l : ine re incorporat t ings in t e e h h re v rse ord e r t e y w e re e h int uce d . v An orde ring guide l ine 47 . rod F e xam pl. W h e n you lav h om e . e e your f h e r giv s you a at e sile r k e y. 4.

A nxious GM s. h h w ant act ion. ne rv ous t at t e gam e isn't w ork ing.• A b om b goe s of f! • Sw ord sm e n b urstin! • Sh e pul a gun! l s T o part ar m ist e s t atGM s m ak e are : w icul ak h • O pe ning a st ory w it h st ing w it a f t art h igh . o Th e t roubl w it t e h roubl e 48 . w h e n t e st e h ory f s. Th e n. e • A d d ing t m uch t oo roub l: af e r t e sw ord f t e t h igh . Not t at m e nt at it e pl a part R e l d GM s e h al t ud ays . t e t il s: h roub l e corre spond s t a t t But you ne e d a pl f o il . at orm b e f ore t e t t t at is. rod roub l e w h e n itse e m s nat ural . t e n a d ragon at ack s! h t R e m e m b e r pl f at orm s and t t h e re . e l ing ore h W it out t at pl f h h at orm . h e 's A l t e re w ilb e not ing t re incorporat . t e nd t e so. h l h o e o h st ory. non-d ram at h il h : m ic st oryt l b e f t e d ram a. Th e y cre at t e roub l. t e re 's an e xpl h osion. A not e r sw ord f t F b al A nd e h igh ! ire l s! t ings go f h rom b ad t w orse . t roub l: f e or e xam pl. you ne e d cal . axe h appil lt t e cal ne ss pl out int ucing t y e h m ay . t e y ad d e h m ore t roub l. t e st h ory f e l l t e igh t you e s igh w : w on't care ab out t e ch aract rs or w h at h appe ning. b e cause t e y ad d e d t m uch t ail h oo roub l.

ire unt Th e aud ie nce k now s t at h t e st h ory h asn't st e d ye t art . It is a t : e rick d e spit t e il e h l usion of act ion. orie e b e gin w it a m urd e r.Th e Body On Page One Brit ish m urd e r m yst rie s. e e M od e rn st s. Be gin t e gam e w it "act h h ion": a pub b raw l a gre at b at l. 1. t e ch aract rs and h e se t ing w e re int uce d t rod (t e pl f h at orm ). h 3. . af e rw ard s. Th e y k now t at af e r t e h . O nl af e rw ard s w oul y t d t e re b e a m urd e r: a t t h il . art w it a pe riod of cal h m st oryt l e l ing (Bond e nt rs e M 's of ice and t e m ission f h is e xpl d ). at t e re w il b e anot e r h l h m urd e r. h Th is "Bod y on P age O ne " is not t roub l.Tw o good w ays ofs t ing s t s w it t art orie h roubl e H e re are t o e xce pt w ions t o t e rul: d on't st a st h e art ory w it t h roub l. Th e inv st ion e igat w oul occupy t e ne xt d h partoft e b ook . h h ". and t atis t e t t h h il . h ie cont aine d t re e "act h s". 1. aine We can use t is in h rolpl e aying gam e s. te Be aw are t at t is act h h ion is an il l usion and t at h . re al t at t e t ise h h st m ustst . e 2. d uring it . t is f h irst m urd e r is use d t o int uce t e rod h se t ing and ch aract rs. e such as A gat a Ch rist 's. ory art J e s Bond and Th e Body On Page One am 2. h ow e v r. t e m urd e re r w oul b e h d re v ald . w e can use t is in h rolpl e aying gam e s. t h cre d it t e st s. st s. 49 . gunf . you m ust int uce t e ch aract rs rod h e and b uil your pl f d at orm . t e Th is is a pl f at orm . e xpl s: osions. L e r. In t e f h irst t ird of t e h h b ook .Th e J e s Bond w ay am M any J e s Bond m ov s am ie st w it act art h ion b e f ore t e h cre d it sk i-ing. F l in t e "t ird act inal y. St art a gam e w it a f t b ut h igh . h ory st s. A gain.

M oral e m m as dil 50 . o ire W e ad d t e d ilm m a: w il you h e l your col ague s or h e l p l e t e t e t asure ? ak h re O f course . By f orcing in a m oral ilm m a: d e • Th e ch asm is f our f oot w id e . b ut you m igh t j p um it if you coul f . Be h ind it you se e gol.M oral e m m as dil M orald ilm m as ad d spice . t e d ragon at ack s t e ot e r part h t h h y m e m b e rs. e e e int re st in it l e ing se f : • Th e d ragon at ack s you. d or t re t . t Ifw e ch ange itt o: • Ignoring you. use in e h m od e rat ion. d orge t t e m e m ory of your m ot e r h h saying "You'lne v r succe e d in anyt ing. H e re 's a sim pl prob lm . son." l e h M orald ilm m as ad d spice : as w it any spice . not e v ryt ing ne e d b e a m orald ilm m a. e h e W e ne e d n'tch ange sim pl prob lm s: e e • Th e ch asm is f our f oot w id e . b ut you m igh t j p um it . e nough f you .

inv nt e ing ob st e s f t e ir ow n sak e . m ils aw ay! e . • W e 're going t k ilt e usurpe r! o lh • W e 're ab outt d iscov r t e t asure ! o e h re • W e 're going t uncov r t e m urd e re r! o e h But it se e m s t soon. of course .. ays t e st h ory. acl h . W e t t clar t e acl or h ry o e h ob st e . b ut t e f o h h ace is bl d! urre GM s. al . O r pe rh aps w e 'v j st e d t e t e ust art h ask and f e lit sh oul e d b e h ard e r. P rh aps t e gam e se ssion l s oo e h ast t o m ore h ours.. are part arl not icul y orious f st l or al ing l e t is.Ge tt t e act o h ion Som e t e s it ob v im 's ious w h e re a gam e is going. Th e t asure is w ort lss. Th e ph ot sh ow s t e m urd e re r. ik h But st l al ing is d ul It d e l l .. w it lte e nt usiasm . acl h it l h Ge tt t e act o h ion 51 . So w e st lW e putob st e s in t e w ay. b ut t e re 's a m ap t re h e h o t e re alre asure ! h t ... Th e usurpe r isn't in t e room w e t ough t b ut h h . so w e d on't w ant t e nd t e st w o h ory..

. W e b e com e t e ne w rulrs oft e k ingd om ... K e e p t e act ons t h ion age K e e p t e act ons t h ion age 52 Ne v r d e scrib e act f e ion rom a d ist ance : • You're in t e court w h e n a m e sse nge r b rings h ..Inst ad .. W e k ilt e usurpe r! lh . d e cid e w h ath appe ns ne xt : .. Th e t asure w as st e n and t e ow ne r w ant it re ol h s b ack . h e h . W e d iscov r t e t asure ! e h re . d o t e t ing t at you t ink is h appe ning t e h h h h oo e arl y: ... ne w s ofa gre atb at l! te W h e n you can b ring t e act cl r: h ion ose • You're in t e m id stofa gre atb at l! h te .... W e m ustcapt t e m urd e re r.. ure h A nd cont inue t e st h ory. . W e uncov r t e m urd e re r! e h Th e n.

You're scre w ing w it t e ot e r pl rs.J ty us if T b ringing som e t ing une xpl d int t e st ry h aine o h ory. as you pl angry. In t e f l ing gam e . Not t e ov rl w it cre at e h e ap h ing m yst rie s. w e e xpl d a rod at h ol ow ore h ospit . you'l re al w h y you're e ay l ise angry. e h . ch e J ty us if 53 . Itw as. I re f rre d t m y ol e o ch aract r's St igh t H am m e r. t row ing som e t ing on t e t l and saying: "D e al h h h ab e w it t is!". and d e cid e d t e m anage r w as M r Ph yl e ry. ust y. al h act Sim il y. By cre at e ing som e t ing t b e j if d . rust lust y at W h il pl e aying L acuna. W e 'd ne v r m e nt e arl e ione d t is b e f . j h h h h h aye ust a lte . you'l re al h ow t j if it f l ise o ust y : or e xam pl. l e r. t ing you'lj if itl e r. b ut t e d h e w oul b e act rust d int uce d . h e b e scare d . h ore rust d aine at pe rh aps in a f ash b ack .b e angry. W e d id n't k now act ole e w h o M r Ph yl e ry w as. w h il pl arl e aying P aris. b ut t e d it w oul b e e xpl d l e r.and t rust you'l j if it l e r. sole t atm yst ry. v h e A l not t e se nse of m isch ie f Ef e ct e l you are so. f iv y. A s you pl lust y at ay t e e m ot h ion. a pl r d e cid e d a M r aye Ph yl e ry w as inv v d in a m yst ry. you im pl l cre at t e h o ust ie icity e h m yst ry "W h at t is t ing? W h e n you j if you e 's h h ". W e 'l com e b ack t t is se nse of m isch ie f in t e it l l o h h f inal apt r. l T using an e m ot ry ion at anot e r ch aract r .

I'v d e scrib e d m any t s t t l e rick o e l st s. Use lh rick h e ach w h e n itse e m s righ t . f iv y h l K e e p al t e se t s at t e b ack of your m ind . 54 . Ind e e d . you w ouln't w ant t it b e t e r t use one d o: 's t o t rick e f e ct e l t an alatonce . D uring a gam e . you w on't re m e m b e r t e m al orie h l .M ov f ard ing orw In t is se ct h ion.

W ork t t er oge h Th e w ay you pl w it ot e rs ay h h w ilm ak e or bre ak l your gam e . .

But t e n I'l e xpl t e d ark e r sid e : m e ssing w it h l ore h h ot e r pl rs. t ing risk s.W ork Toge t e r h In t is f h inal ct se ion. l aye im rust osing grace f l ul y. w h ich sid of e n ge t ov rl e d : pl t s e ook aying w it e ne rgy. I'l t k ab out w ork ing w it ot e r l al h h pl rs. d oing t ings you f h aye ak h ind d if icul Prov ing you'v got t e posit e sid e . W h at m ak e s you f t pl w it ? H ow can aye un o ay h you w ork t t e r t m ak e t e gam e b e t e r? oge h o h t F l I'l d e scrib e t e posit e sid e : giv irsty. l h h rical e of gam ing. h e l F l I'ld iscuss t e t e at inal y. id e h iv oo. t f t . W ork Toge t e r h 56 . put ing on h t a sh ow . t ing. t e se e d gie r t ch niq ue s w ilspice up your gam e . l h iv ing ot e r h pl rs a good t e .

h e ook f or ne gat e s: if a pl r l s unint re st d w h e n you iv aye ook e e st a f t d rop it art igh . h h e Giv t e ot e r guy a good t e e h h im 57 . h ? A l t is. e e o v T itas a pl r. h e o T t is as a GM . If som e one is h unt ing out conspiracie s. If a pl r t e s e v ry gun h e can ry h aye ak e carry. or v Inst ad . t "H ow 's h ". D on't b e af raid t ask . But l . h e ry it going f you? A nd af e rw ard s. If t e pe rson opposit is l ing f a ry aye h e ook or m urd e re r. of course . is re l e d t our e arl r conce pt of lh at o ie Builing O n Id e as. conce nt e on m ak ing gam e s f e rat un f or som e one e l . "H ow d id you f or ". ions suspe ct giv h e r m yst rie s t sole .Giv t e ot e r guy a good t e e h h im O f e n. . s. assist h im . t ind t at ". If som e one 's e ye s l t up or igh be f ore com b at t row m onst rs at h im . ask "W h at o h art d o you w ant in t is gam e ? In t e m id d l. giv h im t ings t sh oot If som e one q ue st e h o . W ork out w h at t e guy opposit e nj se h e oys. H ow e v r. b uiling on id e as is d e d ab outt e st h ory: t is is ab outt e pe opl. conspire againsth e r. A nd l ook f socialcue s. t e n giv itt h im . A t t e st of gam e s. w e t t m ak e gam e s f t ry o un f ourse le s.

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icul e I f orce d m yse l t t f o rust h im . I w ant d t e av sd rop on h im . I rol d t at ack and m isse d . re ad y f a l ow or f t Se v ral t e s. H e re 's t e d ark e r sid e . h e at H e w as l . e h h ot e r pl rs.D uring a re ce ntgam e ." e lh o . ye s. I d e cid e d t m isb e h av . h e e h R e ce nty. t e gam e r opposit irrit e d m e . D o t is nice l b ut d o it W h e n you're h aye h y. o e "I w av m y arm s and sh out I t lt e GM . "I w antitt e . re m ind ing m yse l of f t ings I appre ciat d : h is id e as w e re good . t l ow f D uring t e gam e . a d ragon f e w t ard s us. e im l o t e Bore d . t e gam e h ad gone b e t e r. you im prov t e gam e . h e l e ne d . I pl d R une q ue st and w asn't e nj l aye . Scre w w it t e GM and ay y. w e l e h av d . igh . I'v d e scrib e d pl e aying w it h ope rat e . b ut h e o e w asn’ sure w h e t e r h e ’ l e it I ask e d . Th e sce ne w as supe rb . oying it . f orce d m yse lt t . A n h our in. you're conv nt l -b e e ional w h e n you b re ak : t e ruls. A f e r t e gam e . iv h ot e rs as coh Scre w w it e ach ot e r h h 59 D on't pl nice l M isb e h av . f o rust h t Scre w w it e ach ot e r h h So f ar. y. But b e cause I'd t h il d t ik . nice l H e said t h d ik . h e ist h e w asn’ a w al l e r. I st l id n’ l e h im . . f h righ t and insist d on pl oud ort e aying a part ar ch aract r.

h d ragon unconscious. e 's . se nd ing h im m ad . e F h al an h our. Pl aying t at m ad ch aract r h e w as m uch m ore f un. lt . lt e 's. m iracul y b ut w ond e rf l I k nock t e l ousl ul y. If you're saying "Scre w it o h . w h ich h l plase s t ose pl rs w h o w e re av ing t e f t W e e h aye oid h igh . It f t m isb e h av and 's un o e f un t b e m e sse d w it . T m isb e h av ry ing in gam e s." H e l s surprise d . Scre w it. Itpl ough s int t e sand ." h e says... you're d oing itrigh t e . w h aye m e .". In a d ulV pire L R P t o ot e r pl rs approach e d l am A ." o h "Sure . rol and . 60 . t and lt t e m scre w w it h h aye oo. and t e d ragon f ie s at m e . Th e y w e re pl aying M orm ons and at e m pt d t t e o conv rtm e . atlastonce pe r gam e .f y at m e . t e y scre w e d w it m y ch aract r's or f h h e h e ad .. e h h you. o h Scre w w it ot e r pl rs. so I ch e ck : "Is t at O K ? l ook h I d on'tw antt m e ss up t e gam e .

e ncourage pl rs t m ak e m ist e s. h ib e y. I w as w arne d t at ole r pl rs e xpl e d um h d aye oit ne w one s. t m y surprise . d e l e rat l t at m igh t b e m ist e s. I w as e ncourage d t pl anot e r pl r's o ay h aye se rv . D on't h ol b ack : ch arge ry h d f orw ard and corre ct m ist e s l e r. you'l e ncourage h h ail l t e m t t e risk s. I aye y. W e sit q uie ty. raid t f . o te insul d ot e rs. w e pl care f l af t ay ul y. t e t e h un o h e xpe rie nce d pl rs d id n'tk ilm e . A s t e GM . It w as f and . I pl d risk il I ch arge d int b at l. aye l T t is in your gam e s. o ak ay W h e n I b e gan pl aying V pire L R Ps. h ak b utm igh tb e f un. al o W h e n I st oppe d b e ing caut ious. I w as am A int id at d b y e xpe rie nce d pl rs in t e ir f ow ing im e aye h l cost e s. h o ak Tak e ris k s 61 . ing t e m w h e n t e y f . o ail l af raid t t e risk s in case w e "pl w rong".Tak e ris k s O f e n. ltt e m putit e y : h ak ail e h righ t By sav . T ak at rust ot e rs t h o corre ct you if you go w rong. D o t ings. nob od y ant o e h t k ed t m e. b ut w h e n I d id . Be a h aye o ak saf t ne t w h e n t e y t e risk s and f . t "larn t e gam e ". t e gam e b e cam e h e xcit ing. Pl gam e s unt t e y ay il h b re ak .

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