GM Techniques

I use a variety of tools and such to help organize my games/sessions.

The first is Microsoft OneNote. With this application, I keep track of a plethora of information, such as individual “session” plans, NPC and PC stats, maps of the Empire, the Imperial Calendar, anything my heart desires! I also have a page specifically for “random names” based on nationality and sex. If I need a name, I pick it off this list, and then mark beside the name which NPC it was for. Nothing major, just a mental reminder about who that particular nameless NPC whom the PCs will likely never see again was. This sometimes, generates into larger things as they begin frequenting the location of the nameless NPC, gathering info, etc. It isn’t long before the nameless NPC has a NPC page all to himself!

Another tool I use is MapTool. This is used in conjunction with my 32" LCD TV mounted on the wall. I hook up my Macbook to the LCD, and fire up Maptool. It is a “digital battlemat” that I set up to run battles on. It takes some work to get tokens and such set up for characters, and get maps drawn up, however, when dealing with battles, this is the tool to have! It handles movement, initiative, attacks and damage, skill checks, etc. Its macro functions allow for pretty much whatever you can code up. I’m a crappy programmer, but it’s relatively easy to learn the macro coding for Maptool.

GM Techniques

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