• Hello game master! Welcome to our growing community. Please take a moment to Register (top right button, see how: Slides).

    If you use Campaign Logger, you can use the same login details - we've linked the app to this forum for secure and easy single sign-on for you.

    And please drop by the Introductions thread and say hi.

Campaign Community

How to Register

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1. Navigate to the forums (https://campaign-community.com)
2. Click Register and then Campaign ID

3. This will take you to our new SSO server (https://campaign-identity.com) - Enter your Campaign Logger Credentials (e-mail address and CL password) in the login form

4. You will be asked to grant Campaign Community access to your name and e-mail address - Please Allow this

5. Upon allowing access, you will be taken back to the community site where you need to Choose a Username and Accept the Terms and Privacy Policy

That's it - you are done!

Prepping The Demonplague

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Winter's coming - time to game!

I want to give The Demonplague a bit of limelight.

But I am torn between converting it to Pathfinder 1, Pathfinder 2, or Old School Essentials.

So, I decided to ask you what conversion you want to see and which play reports you want to read.


Campaign Logger

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As of today (Saturday, June 4, 2022, 7 am UTC), all your Legacy CL Logs have been automatically converted and copied to CL vNext.

You will find them under "Campaigns": "Automated Log Import" (your number of logs will vary, though):

There will be no future automated log imports.

In case you don't see your converted logs, please try "Clear Cache and Reload All":

You can continue to use the old Campaign Logger for a while, but we strongly recommend making the switch now.

These are the future steps we will take concerning the old Logger:
  • Keep it running for a few more weeks in read/write mode
  • Switch it to read-only mode
  • Keep it running for some months in read-only mode
  • Switch Legacy CL off
Please post them here or create a...

Campaign Profiles

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We are happy to announce that Campaign Profiles are now available: https://profiles.campaign-identity.com/

Here you will find a list of all the resources you can currently access.
Resources are grouped into categories and can be checked off once you have accessed them so that you know anytime what you already saw/read/watched.

As the name suggests, we have plans for it.
Stay tuned.

Johnn and Jochen

RPT Newsletter #1,176 | How To Start Every Session With A Bang!

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How To Start Every Session With A Bang!
From JohnnFour | Published October 18, 2021

Roleplaying Tips Newsletter #1,176

I was excited to play but bored within minutes.
It became difficult to focus. I noticed other players starting to zone out too.
We were on Zoom, making it even harder.
Ideas and collaboration stopped.
It became GM => Player => Repeat. No flow between players. No flow between party and GM.
And the story disappeared. We were playing hit point countdowns.

Then the GM rallied.
Did an awesome job.
And everyone was back into it.

But I was watching, and could see how hard the GM worked to get the energy back.
Energy we began with but lost because of a slow start.
I believe it's more difficult creating positive energy than it is keeping it.

So we want to start...

Campaign Logger: Migrating to the Newest Version

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Dear Loggers!

We have been working for several years to modernize and enhance Campaign Logger. The current version you all know (https://campaign-logger.com/) already hints and links to the new version: https://app.campaign-logger.com/.

Soon the current version will move to a new URL (where you can still access and use it), and the latest version will take its place. Sometimes next year, this old version will then go to read-only mode.

We started an auto-conversion program to ease your transition and copied and transformed your logs to the new version. As long as we improve the conversion, we will upload the auto-imported logs to our preview stage of the app: https://preview.app.campaign-logger.com/.

The preview stage is used for quality assurance and to try out the newest features before being promoted to production.

To summarize:

Prep-Time to Play-Time Ratio

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I wonder what your usual ratio of Prep-Time to Play-Time is.

Mine had been 2:1 more than a decade ago.
Using my homemade techniques I got down to 1:1.
Using templates, Loopy Planning, and Campaign Logger, I am down to 1:2 now.

I find that my campaigns are getting better the more I play instead of prep - if I at least prep something flexible.
No prep at all is still worse than 1:1.

So, what is your Prep-Time to Play-Time Ratio?

Campaign Logger vNext

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The next version of Campaign Logger is nearing production!

For that reason, I restructured the URLs:

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will (soon) be available as​

Call for Voting Q2 / 21

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Hallo everyone,

we, the Campaign Logger Team, are outlining our roadmap for Campaign Logger for the rest of 2021. For that we need your help! Please tell us which features you need in Campaign Logger via the Feature Request thread. Currently we have a couple of things gathered that we would like your feedback on. If the features are clear to you then please vote on your favourites. If not, well, ask away!

The nominees are:
  1. Randomizable Log Entry templates
    It's basically like a Mad Libs for your Log Entries. Log Entry templates, in conjunction with self-made or community-made generators will allow you to quickly generate a tavern, an NPC, or even whole plots, or adventures, and put them directly into your campaign.
  2. Customizable Calendar + Calendar View of Log Entries
    Tired of calendars with exactly twelve months and...

Preview: Campaign Table Top (beta access)

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I am happy to announce public beta access to our own VTT - free for Campaign Logger users:

CTT - Campaign Table Top
An easy to use Virtual Table Top Game


The idea of this VTT is to have something simple, easy to use, always online to have fun at every game. Just upload your maps, add tokens, draw fog of war, and get started! There are plenty of VTTs out there that provide a bunch of features like voice chat, dynamic lightning, animated maps, character sheets, etc. We do not want to replicate those. We aim for simplicity to get you started fast.

This is a work in progress, and we are currently modifying the token management for a more intuitive approach. If this is app gets adopted by our users, we will expand it to integrate with Campaign Logger and Generators in the future. (The dice roller is already there, try...

Exploring Science-Fiction RPGs (Part 1+2)

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# Exploring Science-Fiction RPGs (Part 1)

## Finding Your Science-Fiction Niche ...

### ... In Time
Science-fiction stories can occur in nearly any time period from pre-history to the end of time itself.

Many settings mix and match time periods in creative ways as well for interesting effects, such as time travelling, science-fiction westerns, alternate history settings, and more.

What time periods interest you, the past, the present, or the future?

Is time travel present?

### ... In Space
Science-fiction stories are not limited in where they occur.

Our Earth, alternate Earths, our Solar System, the nearby stars, across the galaxy or practically anywhere else our telescopes have ever seen.

Each scale or scope of setting provides its own wonders, opportunities, and limitations.

Science-fiction also offers many varieties of places from planetary surfaces, colonies, outposts, space stations, spacecraft, and fantastic megastructures like a Dyson sphere or Larry Niven's...

GM tactics and stratagems

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Dear fellow GMs,

Do you know the feeling that you want to do something spectacular that the players don't expect? To surprise, fool or trick them with a great tactic or strategy?
Some of you find it hard. Some of you might already have a list of tactics which came from creativity or experience. I am far from being an expert, but I know a bit about tactics and strategies.

Some of you know about the 13 tactics of Sun Tzu's The Art of War (孙子兵法), others have heard about Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince (Il principe) or The Art of War (Dell'arte della guerra), and some even know about The Book of the Five Rings (五輪書) by Miyamoto Musashi or Carl von Clausewitz' On War (Vom Kriege).

Although their intent was all different and they do not contain the same strategies, I find all of them are in a way contained in the Chinese 36 Stratagems about warfare and civil strife. That is why I got my master's degree in Ancient Chinese (specializing on the 36 Stratagems) by THE...

What's your ideal number of sessions per adventure?

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When it comes to pacing out your Campaign Plotline, you can get a rough estimate by how long it takes you to complete adventures.

If you run episodic then you could fit dozens of adventures into a real world year. If you're like me and take about 3-4 sessions per adventure, and you play monthly, it could take years to finish a complete multi-adventure campaign.

Question of the Week: What's the coolest world feature you've seen or created?

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Name something memorable from a setting your played or GM'd.

For example, the default setting in Blades of the Dark is the soot & swords city of Duskvol.

One cool unique feature about it is the dozens of micro thieves' guilds it has. These are called Crews. Crews have a reputation (based on capability) and heat (how wanted they are by authorities). Crews also get unique Boons.

This world feature makes for awesome faction play.

Preview: Generator Service (beta)

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Custom generators help game masters build adventures and improvise. You can create as many generators you like with Campaign Logger.

The current generator builder is functional, but missing some features and accessibility.

So we've created a Campaign Logger add-on with the working title of Generator Service.

The Generator Service is available to all Campaign Logger members as a standalone app. You can use it right now to build generators for your games.

The Generator Service is also integrated with our upcoming new version of Campaign Logger, called vNext.

Here's an overview of how to log into the Generator Service:

You can access the Generator Service here, using your Campaign Logger credentials: