By Christopher Helton
The award winning Engine Publishing, the people behind the successful game mastering blog Gnome Stew and the books for game masters Eureka, Masks and Never Unprepared, are releasing a new book for tabletop game masters. Unframed, currently in preorder, gives advice on how be better at improvisational game mastering.
As a GM who prefers an improvisational approach myself, I am looking forward to seeing the advice of others in this area. There have been good advice for game masters who do more prep for their games (such as the fore mentioned Never Unprepared), but those of us who like to make things up as we go have been left high and dry until now. With big name game designers such as Kenneth Hite, Robin Laws and Wolfgang Baur, as well as GMs and designers like Stacy Dellorfano (organizer of the online gaming convention Contessa), Vincent Baker, Emily Care Boss and many others, this book is sure to not disappoint. Few publishers focus on game mastering in the way that Engine Publishing does.
According to the Engine Publishing website, the preorder ends in July, so be sure to be the first game master in your social circles to have a copy. Once the book hits the streets I will be sure to share my thoughts and opinions on it here at Bleeding Cool.
Christopher Helton is a blogger, podcaster and tabletop RPG publisher who talks about games and other forms of geekery at the long-running Dorkland! blog. He is also the co-publisher at the ENnie Award winning Battlefield Press, Inc. You can find him on Twitter at @dorkland and on G+ at https://plus.google.com/+ChristopherHelton/ where he will talk your ear off about gaming and comics.
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