Collaborative Design Project

Recently I have been feeling very blah about roleplaying – both as a GM and as a player. I’ve felt like there was something missing from my gaming experience, but could not quite pin down what it was. I game with some really good people, and it was particularly frustrating to me that I couldn’t pin down what I felt was lacking in my gaming experience because I knew that if I could only just figure out what it was and ask for it, it was very likely that I could get it.

One thing I have been dissatisfied with is a feeling that my well of creativity has run dry. I thought of other art projects I have been doing recently, and came up with an idea that might help me feel more creative about my roleplaying again.

It has been awhile since I wrote up a framework for a long-running campaign with a long-term plotline and the like, and I thought it might be fun to do that just to stretch the creative storytelling muscles.  But like most longtime GMs I have lots of fairly nebulous and not particularly well fleshed out ideas, and I wasn’t sure of where to go, what to start, or where I wanted to take things. I was sure, however, that I was doing this as a creative exercise, not specifically as a campaign to trot out in front of a bunch of players and say “here, want to play this?” This exercise was primarily about creativity, not roleplaying (though of course if I came up with a really kick-ass campaign idea I wouldn’t be above using it!)

I am a long-time fan of outside input for my games. I think that different people’s brains work differently and move along different thought paths, and that creative input from someone else can lead me to really good ideas that I would never think of on my own. Input from others can make a game far more vibrant and more dynamic than ideas from a single individual. In this case I thought I would apply that same idea to planning a long-term campaign. I would work on the campaign until I came to areas where I was stuck, and then ask for input from others.

My first attempt to do this on my livejournal was unsuccessful owing to the fact that you can’t answer livejournal polls unless you have a livejournal account. After some testing, Sophie determined that WordPress doesn’t seem to have this problem, so I thought I would restart the project here so that I could get more input.

I hope that you will participate in the experiment. I think it will be interesting and educational! As always, if you have comments, ideas, suggestions, etc. please don’t hesitate to make them.

The Collaborative Campaign


One Response

  1. […] I have set up the webpage for the collaborative project here. Please check it out and follow the links to the first poll! […]

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