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This episode is all about "Planning" campaigns, chapters, sessions, calendars, and characters. I'm joined by Jeff Nabors, the DM for the Reroll Expectations actual-play podcast and media director for Chasing XP. We discuss our various methods for planning our campaigns from the micro of moment-to-moment improv, to the macro of embedding meaningful character development into grand campaign arcs. There's a line between over-planning, and failure to plan (is planning to fail), and the thickness of that line, and it's position, is different from person to person, campaign to campaign. Inevitably, there will be some encounter that never sees the light of day; take solace in that you are not alone, and learning from the loss is something every DM has to come to terms with. 01:11 - The challenges and rewards of planning a large homebrew campaign 17:15 - How to mitigate the impact of surprise incidents 23:54 - Coming to terms with lost potential of dungeons 28:46 - The meat in the middle - architecting chapters 39:33 - IRL TPK - Calendar Scheduling 45:45 - Frontloading character development 54:05 - Planning the proxy - divining divination requests Find Jeff (@_RKDnc) on: Website: Twitter: Reroll Expectations: Chasing XP: Twitch: Follow me on: Website: Twitter: Instagram: Facebook: References: The Pomodoro Technique for time management Modular Prep Method by u/ElendFiasco Intro Music: 'Local Forecast' by Kevin MacLeod Intermission Music: 'Chill' by Kevin MacLeod Outro Music: 'Local Forecast - Elevator' by Kevin MacLeod
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