It's Friday and you know what that means... time to introduce another judge for the dxContent mini map/module contest. Its not to late to enter the contest - there are 10 days left! Check out the rules and make your maps. The contest ends midnight May 20th, 2012!
Today we meet Shawn. He looks like a Jedi to me which is ironic because he is currently running a popular Star Wars campaign. I'm always impressed with Shawn's "immersion" in role playing his characters - I can only assume that translates to his DMing style. His player notes are often more detailed than the GM's! - One of these days I'll do a series of blogs comparing and contrasting DM notes... I hear from the Bothans that Shawn's notes are pretty detailed...
dxContent: As a game master and/or player, what level of importance do you place on maps and why?
Shawn: Maps are pretty important to me as a GM. I don't often use modules, but when I do it's important for the maps to be grid-based. I use minis, so transferring encounters from modules to the table is made much easier by a high quality map. The worst maps I've seen were in Necromancer Games' Rappan Athuk modules. Those modules were so epic, but the maps absolutely sucked. When I write my own adventures, I spend time on the maps to make setting up encounters easier.
As a player, it makes a huge difference to my enjoyment of a session to have a battle mat. I don't often see a GM's maps when playing, so the battle mats are the main thing.
dxContent: How many years have you played 3.5 / Pathfinder?
Shawn: Since it came out.
dxContent: Minis are a "must" for your style of RPG play - Yes or No?
dxContent: Your game master notes (or player notes if you don't gm) are best described as...?
Shawn: My GM notes are very extensive and detailed. I also take pretty thorough player notes.
dxContent: Do you prefer ready-made modules or home-spun material or a mix?
dxContent: As a gm (or player if you don’t GM) do you prefer published campaign settings or home-grown settings?
Shawn: Home grown.
dxContent: Favorite role to play in a RPG (stealth, magic, melee-master, etc)?
dxContent: Would you rather play, game master or do both?