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 Post subject: Formatting a campaign as a cour
PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 5:52 pm 
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Came here seeking out some advice from GMs about how I should go about preparing my campaign.

First time posting here and going to be my first time GMing OVA.

What immediately came to mind when I first read OVA was that I want to format a campaign (I hope the term is sufficiently well known) as a cour - 12 or 13 sessions, each an episode.
Clearly, I cannot decide on what happens precisely in the game, or how the players would act, but the general structure of a plot is in my hands.
So I was wondering: anyone had done something like this? Have insight on how to do it well? Should I try for it at all or is it limiting myself and the potential at the table?
I already have a general concept and 2 of my 3 players are already down for it, and it should lend itself to an episodic structure.

Responses appreciated :)


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 Post subject: Re: Formatting a campaign as a cour
PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 3:38 am 
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Hmm.

First off, you need to know your players.

Secondly, have a back up plan or 3.

Other than that, what specifically are you asking for, what would the campaign be about? That might help the suggestions.

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 Post subject: Re: Formatting a campaign as a cour
PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 3:55 am 
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I did plan to hash out character concepts well before chargen so I have a sense of who the characters were.

I plan to do something of a cross between Boku no Hero Academia and Nanatsu no Taizai - characters you can find in the former, world like the latter. The setting an academy for Prodigals (those with powers).

What I'm looking for, more precisely, is basically tips for running the game well in general, as well as tips to run it in a specific format. My experience lies mainly with D&D and games like it, where ending sessions happens at points more convenient than plot relevant. Since I want to structure the campaign like a cour, I'm looking for pointers on how to prepare each session (in broad strokes, obviously) so that I can maintain such a flow.


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 Post subject: Re: Formatting a campaign as a cour
PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 3:56 am 
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Anaxim wrote:
I did plan to hash out character concepts well before chargen so I have a sense of who the characters were.

I plan to do something of a cross between Boku no Hero Academia and Nanatsu no Taizai - characters you can find in the former, world like the latter. The setting an academy for Prodigals (those with powers).

What I'm looking for, more precisely, is basically tips for running the game well in general, as well as tips to run it in a specific format. My experience lies mainly with D&D and games like it, where ending sessions happens at points more convenient than plot relevant. Since I want to structure the campaign like a cour, I'm looking for pointers on how to prepare each session (in broad strokes, obviously) so that I can maintain such a flow.


OK, can I get a clarification? When you say 'Episodic' are you meaning like serial, one after another that tie into a single arc/story?

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 Post subject: Re: Formatting a campaign as a cour
PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 7:12 am 
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Distinct arcs with an overarching arc.


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 Post subject: Re: Formatting a campaign as a cour
PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 3:49 pm 
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So, what you want is an overarching plot, with a bunch of mini-events, that lead up to the end point.

Well, for each arc, and this may sound obvious so I apologize, but you need to have a specific goal, whether it's to defeat a certain villain, or discover a clue. And they all need to be tied to the overarching plot/villain.

My best suggestion is not really build too much of the adventure, more write up the arc's bad guy (assuming it's a bad guy) give him some defined goals, making sure the PC's notice him/her.

To make sure your players get involved with him/her in some way, give them a few things to do that will get the attention of said bad guy, but again, don't lay it out, and don't have a single solution to the issue at hand. Let them come at the problem their own way.

Essentially, figure out ways of saying either 'Yes and', or 'No but', always let the players have a way to reach the next point.

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 Post subject: Re: Formatting a campaign as a cour
PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 3:55 pm 
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Thanks for the replies. I'll try going at it that way.


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 Post subject: Re: Formatting a campaign as a cour
PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:46 am 
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If you're going for a "school" setting, it's fairly easy to set up a lot of those episodes based around exams as the primary conflict. Since it's "just" a test, there's room all around for role-play opportunities and/or introducing the actual bad guys you'll feature in later episodes.


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