When I was drafting the players guide I kinda figured that All Things Zombie made sense to me in three parts being:
- What I can do as a player,
- What a GM has to do to manage all the other aspects of the table top game, and
- What the players and the GM do as part of the campaign.
The motivation for the players guide was to help Dave get a bit more of an understanding of what he could do as a player but then I got to thinking that I wouldn’t mind a few more notes for myself on the other two aspects to make it a bit simpler for me to set up and run a game and to manage the campaign.
Because of my fly in fly out work style I tend to buy all my rules on pdf and put them on a tablet. This is great because it really reduces the amount of weight I carry around and it also means that I can take a lot of books with me. I can’t take all my cool figures, terrain, paints and stuff but at least I can still take the books.
The only problem with a tablet I find is that it can be a bit ponderous to get around the book unless you really know where everything is.
So I figured that I’d knock up a game masters guide for setting up and running scenarios. That way I could have this little sucker printed out and sitting beside me as I run the game and I can quickly flick through the pdf on the tablet to confirm any little rules that I need to as I go.
Now this isn’t a criticism of Ed’s rules by any stretch of the imagination but rather just a little tool to help me, a relatively infrequent player and GM, to quickly get the scenario set up properly, to get into the game a bit quicker and to enable me to find some of those little rules that I tend to forget and cannot fully memorise a little bit easier.
This guide is set up in two halves, what you need to do to set up a game and some of the key references that you need when running a game. For more detailed references on voluntary actions and reactions during the game a reference is made to the Advance Players Guide.
I’ve put both of the guides onto one A4 sheet (one on each side of the sheet) and it works a treat for me when playing the game.
Hope it helps. Let me know what you think.