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RPGaDay 2018 – Day 6

06/08/2018

How can players make a world seem real?

Short Answer: By letting them influence the game’s setting.

Long Answer: Sure, letting your players loose on your labour of love might seem scary at first. Every GM knows that giving players free rein is a risky proposition. If it helps, remember you as GM have final say over everything that happens in your game.

Start of small. Encourage your players to come up with a detailed backgrounds for their characters. Give them just enough setting details and let them fill in the blanks.

Take their additions and work them into your game. You don’t have to incorporate them immediately – or at all if they’re inappropriate. Drop pieces in as the campaign goes along. Don’t make a big deal of it, either. Let the players pick up on it on their own.

As your campaign progresses, keep taking notes of what players say and adding ideas. This will not only make things easier for you, and will let your players feel like their have some control. Collaborative world-building is a great way to get everybody on the same page.

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