|Tinkering with a LCARS Template|
This also has the consequence that players aren't always as excited about the game as you are. Oh, sure, they enjoy it - they turn up, they roll dice, they smile and come back. But they don't care in the same way a GM does. They forget rules they've used for months, they give all your NPCs derogatory nicknames, they spend twenty minutes arguing over their favourite episode of Xena: Warrior Princess, they take an hour arguing over which of two paths to take to the dungeon when they know nothing about either path apart from that each goes through the sort of place you get random encounters and ARGH GODDAMNIT JUST PICK ONE ALREADY.
<cough> I'm not bitter, honest.
The point is, sometimes you have to throw players a bone to keep their attention in the long run. This is especially true when you have pauses in your play, such as unexpected missed sessions, a pre-planned shutdown for a few weeks while you go on holiday or a rebooted game they haven't played in a year.
It is then I take a leaf out of TV's book and do teaser trailers.
|The teaser for the fifth anniversary adventure of my D&D game|
However, I wanted to dabble in something slightly more exciting so I started doing rough Photoshopped adverts. Above you'll see the poster for our bonkers alternate reality-filled fifth anniversary adventure Crisis on Infinite Phratils. In the vein of DC Comics, the group visited alternate universes that included other D&D editions - that is, they were playing D&D 3rd Edition but they visited worlds whose laws of physics and availability of magic, races etc was closer to AD&D 1E or D&D 4E. So I used the covers of various D&D books from different editions on a starry background to convey the idea of "universe hopping escapades ahoy!"
|Yeah, now I'm doing teasers of teasers|
|The font is the old Dragon/Dungeon magazine cover logo font.|
|With apologies to Grant Morrison|
|With apologies to overuse of Impact.|
|Apologies to.... actually, I'm not apologising for this, it's awesome.|
The above comes from a crossover between our old D&D game and the Justice League one. The villains have Prime in their name, you see...... so it's a pune, or play on words! A-ha! For maximum comedy, this one was actually printed out and hidden in the room we were playing in. When the group got to the end of the adventure and the cliffhanger leading into this, I was able to direct one of them to the relevant location to reveal it to them all.
Odds are high I will continue tinkering with teaser images. In fact, I might even be working on right now for a game I want to run this year. Not that its the 10 year anniversary of anything roleplaying related for me and my chums....