misc. rpg bits and bobs

a friend was recently reading through the Urban Shadows book, and apparently it suggests the GM write a letter to set up the campaign to each player, setting up expectations and the character’s place in the world and giving them some starting rolls to set up plot hooks and—I love it?

Also—an online game I’m part of that runs on Dreamwidth collects “fanmail” monthly that anyone can submit to as if they’re part of the fandom for the awful reality show that is the framing for the game, and it’s honestly such a good bonding experience, I think? And then all the characters receive it IC and can react to it. I don’t think it would work exactly as-is for a lot of games, but I like the idea of sort of having a platform for memeing at each other and legit being fans of the characters in a game you’re playing in.

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