Greetings, adventurers! I'm Olly McNeil, the mind behind the immersive Storymaster’s Tales and the proud recipient of the "Online LARP of the Year" award—twice! Today, I'm excited to share how I elevated my online RPG/LARP experience, and guess what? Stick around till the end, and I'll spill the beans on how I roped in none other than the legendary Doctor Who himself, Tom Baker, to be the voice of my show.
When the pandemic prematurely closed my Immersive Fantasy Theatre, I faced a challenge. How could I continue providing enchanting adventures? The answer: I began exporting the world by filming scenes and characters to build a stock of the folklore realm I'd created. Moving the entire show online became the logical choice. Initially, I used pre-filmed scenes from my most popular quest, then either used voice-overs during player interactions or as handy transitions for my costume changes.
Zoom's limitations and the players' thirst for exploration led me to pivot towards "Theatre of the Mind" storytelling role-playing. This transformed me from a character host to a more traditional DM, armed with an arsenal of costumes and filmed set pieces, which I continue to build. Employing the free OBS broadcast system, I laid out scenes, music cues, titles, and effects, all of which help the players to become immersed in the stories.
Abandoning maps and miniatures, I embraced descriptive storytelling and character immersion, also encouraging the players to cosplay. Adventures have a plot summary, then eight or so key Acts and player-requested locations, keeping a balance that works like a dream.
Now, the big reveal: How did I get Tom Baker, the iconic Doctor Who, to voice my titles? Years of collaboration as his official photographer built trust. When I pitched the idea, Tom and his agent, trusting the rapport we'd established, graciously said yes.
If you lack my resources, fear not. Explore OBS, experiment with scene-building, and check out the array of specifically designed Soundscapes available on my website www.storymasterstales.com to elevate your RPG productions or use a royalty-free music site.
For those craving international adventures, I've opened the Folklore Fifteen Club, offering a new quest every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. With only FIVE spaces per two-hour session, it's a rollicking good time. Join the fun!”
"Unlocking Mastery: Elevate Your RPG Game with Five Pro Tips
Ready to take your RPG game to the next level? Here are my top five pro tips to enhance your storytelling and immerse your players:
Master Your Broadcast: Harness the power of free broadcasting systems to transition between scenes, music, and films seamlessly. Whether you're snagging free footage from platforms like Unsplash or Pexels or creating your own, these tools are your key to a visually captivating experience.
Simplify Your Rules: Keep it simple! Spend less time buried in rulebooks and more time immersed in the adventure. Streamline your rules to ensure gameplay flows effortlessly, allowing everyone to focus on the story.
Plot with Purpose: Craft your adventure as a plot synopsis. Roughly mark out the acts you envision your players following. While the journey may take unexpected turns, having a structured plot synopsis provides a solid foundation for your storytelling.
Musical Alchemy: Elevate the mood and tension by integrating music into your RPG experience. Platforms like Pixabay offer a vast selection, or you can explore the curated collection on my website at www.storymasterstales.com.
Player-Centric Direction: Remember, your players are the stars, and you are the director. Actively listen to their input, ideas, and suggestions. Encourage role-playing, and let their creativity shape the unfolding narrative. As the guiding force, your role is to enhance their experience and make the story truly theirs."