A collection of one-page encounters created during the Fall 2021 RPG Writer Workshop
Welcome to Collective Encounters!
As its title suggests, this is a collection of encounters, all of which were produced during the Fall 2021 Write Your First Encounter workshop hosted by the Storytelling Collective’s RPG Writer Workshop. This means that the majority of these encounters were written by new writers entering the ttRPG industry! Our mission at the Storytelling Collective is to make writing and publishing an empowering experience, and we’re delighted to produce this collection and introduce these creatives to you.
Each writer also designed their own encounter page, so you’ll get to enjoy a variety of voices and styles in this collection.
— The Storytelling Collective Team
Featuring work by:
Alex Thut – Wrenegade Studios
Benjamin J. Phillips
Claudio G. Henze
Daniel J. Wild
Johnny V. Mkitarian
Maria Andrades Sanchez
Petra van Dam
The Foolish Penguin
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Session zero is a vital step in tabletop role-playing games (TTRPGs) that sets the stage for an enjoyable and immersive gaming experience. It allows the game master (GM) and players to align their expectations and preferences before embarking on an adventure together. By understanding what players want from the game, the GM can tailor the campaign to create a memorable and engaging experience. Additionally, open communication and the establishment of boundaries ensure a safe and inclusive gaming environment.
Understanding Player Expectations:
During session zero, the GM engages in discussions with the players to uncover their preferences, goals, and playstyles. By understanding their desired themes, genres, and settings, the GM can shape the campaign to resonate with each player. This customization enhances player engagement and immersion in the game world. Additionally, knowing the level of challenge and difficulty sought by the players enables the GM to create a balanced gameplay experience.
The Benefits of Communication:
Session zero establishes a foundation of trust and open communication between the GM and players. Encouraging an environment where ideas and concerns can be freely expressed fosters collaboration and cooperation. This leads to a more cohesive and enjoyable gaming experience for everyone involved. Furthermore, discussing and agreeing upon boundaries and consent ensures that the game explores sensitive topics in a manner that all players are comfortable with.
Introducing the Interactive PDF Session Zero Form:
To facilitate the session zero process, we have created an interactive PDF form that players can use to communicate their preferences and expectations. The form can be downloaded by clicking the button below.
You can then send a copy to your players via email or print a copy for them to fill in.
Players can fill in the form online and use the convenient email button to send their answers directly to the GM. Alternatively, the form can be printed and filled out in person for those who prefer a physical copy. This interactive tool streamlines the session zero process and ensures that the GM has all the necessary information to craft a tailored gaming experience.
We hope this form helps you to create an engaging and exciting campaign that all of your players will enjoy.
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