December ’13 RPG Blog Carnival: Taking Charge

This month’s RPG Blog Carnival is being hosted here on Casting Shadows and is on the topic of Taking Charge. “Of what?” you may ask, or “By whom?” These and other questions are what will be uncovered as the month proceeds and participating blogs add their contributions to the Carnival.

Visit the Archive of Carnivals PastA blog carnival is a cooperative posting event on a specified topic or themes across a spectrum of familiar and unfamiliar blogs. Each blog offers one or more post on the topic as they see it and so, in a virtual way, the carnival travels from place to place revealing more and more attractions, wonders, and the occasional life-changing Ferris Wheel ride.

To follow the carnival, check back regularly through the month and read the comments list on this post where participants will be leaving links with their articles. At the end of the month, a wrap-up post will be made on this site [link due: Dec. 31, 2013] conveniently listing all the links for easy access. Past blogs can be accessed from the Archive, which is currently being maintained by the RPG Blog Alliance.

To participate in the carnival is easy, once you have written a post on the topic, leave a comment on this page with a direct link. You can use the Blog Carnival image on your post to single it out for easy recognition by your readership. If you contribute more than one post, link them together and leave a link for each one here in the comments as each one goes live.

The Topic
Taking Charge. This could be interpreted in any number of ways, such as (not limited to), outlining ways a group of characters can be more proactive in their affairs, a group of players choosing to improve their existing gaming habits (including the GM), players stepping up to make more effective use of their agency as co-conspirators an contributors to a campaign, and/or getting a good grip on a game that is out of control and going nowhere. It could entail fiction, examples of actual play, discussion of tools like social contracts or statements of purpose, and more. As the year comes to a close and people get retrospective (and wonder why there is so much left-over turkey still in the fridge despite days and days of sandwiches) a topic like ‘taking charge’ might take a tone of cleaning house, evaluating the current state of affairs in your own game, or your chosen niche zone within the hobby, or setting the stage for what will come next at your table, real or virtual. There are many places this topic can take writers and readers during the December Blog Carnival. 
Open for Business
So, with all of the fanfare and setting up of virtual tents out of the way, let us get on with the tasks at hand. It is time for each of us to take charge of this topic in our own ways, and put them up for display along the dazzling and chimerical midway of the RPG Blog Carnival~
32 Responses to “December ’13 RPG Blog Carnival: Taking Charge”
  1. Delos says:

    Here’s an article I wrote about getting your party on the same page before play so that you can avoid out of game fighting and disappointment.

  2. tobie says:

    I want to contribute! But I’m lost on how to do so.

    • Runeslinger says:

      Contribution is easy, tobie: Write a post on your blog related to the topic for this Carnival. Suggestions and the thinking behind the topic are described in my post above. When you have written your post, just come back to this page and leave the link to that post in the comments here. You can use the RPG Blog Carnival image in your post, and the title should make a reference to the Carnival like mine does.

      That’s it~

  3. Rick Hamell says:

    You can’t take charge without somebody to take charge of. I wrote a short piece on Followers in DND and gave a few examples on how to translate the concept to other games.

Check out what others are saying...
  1. Contribution 1 from Runeslinger for the December RPG Blog Carnival: Taking Charge. This post is on taking charge of gaming options for long-distance play.

  2. […] topic from Runeslinger over at Casting Shadows! Thanks for kicking off the carnival. Looking for other carnival topics? Check out the […]

  3. […] light of the December 2013 Blog Carnival, I’m going to say some words on taking charge. I apologize in advance if I end up […]

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