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Episode Twenty: O Bai

Pacing is a difficult subject, since it’s something that appears at first glance to be a talent that sopme folks have and other don’t. This is a LIE! We try our best to express some of the techniques we use to keep games flowing properly. Mostly, of course, we GUSH about Hamlet’s Hit Points, which is probably the best book ever written about pacing in GMing. It’s a really fantastic work for teaching a GM how to track their pacing.

Also, this is the final episode of the first seaon. We are not going away, or going dark. We’ll have all sorts of stuff to post for the next few months. We’re soliciting feedback about what you’d like to see for season two! You can talk to us about anything on Twitter, Facebook, our Forums, or via an email!

Episode Twenty: Pacing


My Life with Master
GURPS Bunnies & Burrows


Star Basterds has ended, and a good time was had by all of us. We’re looking forward to starting the next game after the holidays!


End of Seaons One! We are not disappearing.

Robin D. Laws’ new game will be called Hillfolk

The first person to email us the name of the power we describe (found in the Scion Companion) wins $10 for DriveThruRPG.


“Roll the Dice, Make my Day” (Mustard Men)
“Hazel” (Weekend)
“Hours” (Tycho)
“The Drums Of Burundi” (The Sacred Drums Of Burundi)
“Hillbilly Dogs” (Stick Jones)
“Happy Gabber” (madonkey)


Robin’s Laws of Good Game Mastering
Castles & Crusades
Savage Worlds
Scion Companion
Nightmares of Mine
GURPS Black Ops
Vampire: the Requiem
Star Wars D6
Savage Worlds

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  • Steampower Publishing’s “Dead of Night” (2nd ed.) also has a pacing mechanism included, IIRC tied to the tension level of the scenario and the health level of PCs and antagonists.


    December 24, 2011

  • I’ve always wanted to check that one out. I suppose I should do that, since I kind of want to do another pacing show highlighting game with pacing mechanics. Like InSpectres, Don’t Rest your Head, Legends of Anglerre (sp?), and Dead of Night.


    December 24, 2011

  • Dead of Night is worth purchasing for the fantastic artwork as well! 2nd edition that is.


    December 25, 2011

  • Hi,

    Apologies for the off-topic comment, but I couldn’t find a contact email for you.

    I’ve recently put out an ebook of my writing, called ‘The New Death and others’. It’s mostly short stories, with some obvious gamer-interest material. For example I have a story inspired by OD&D elves, as well as poems which retell Robert E Howard’s King Kull story ‘The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune’ and HP Lovecraft’s ‘Under the Pyramids’.

    I was wondering if you’d be interested in doing a review on your blog (either a normal book review, or a review of its suitability as gaming inspiration).

    If so, please let me know your email, and what file format is easiest for you, and I’ll send you a free copy. You can email me ( or reply to this thread.

    You can download a sample from Smashwords:

    I’ll also link to your review from my blog.


    James Hutchings

    December 26, 2011

  • Hey James, our email is feel free to send us more info!


    December 26, 2011

  • Thanks! I’ve sent you a copy.

    James Hutchings

    December 26, 2011