This morning, I was thinking about the power of visualization. Athletes, business people, and life coaches do it. Why not gamers? Especially when most of our table time is spent actually visualizing what's going on in the game!
That stream of consciousness got me thinking about tangible visualization in the form of creating a vision board. What's that? Glad you asked...
A vision board is a powerful visualization tool that you can use as inspiration for your journey toward your ideal life. Some people refer to it as a “dream board” or an “inspiration board.” *
You could do this on a large piece of foam-core / poster-board or online. I tried to find a picture online to show you what I mean but there just weren't any for D&D, fantasy, or sword & sorcery. That's got to change!
One of the post-session things I like to do is write up a session report on my blog. I include pictures as a visual reference in order to bring the words to life. But what if I created a vision board for the campaign before it started?
Here are some benefits...
1. It'll help you envision the kind of campaign you want to run.
2. It'll create a framework, allowing you and the players to see how pieces of the campaign might fit together.
3. Though it will reveal a few "spoilers", the vision board will mostly whet the players' appetites - similar to a teaser trailer months before the film is released.
4. When it comes time to describe something going on in the campaign, you can just point to its picture up there on the board.
5. All those images up there at once should inspire you (the GM) to dig a little deeper, coming up with even better hooks, NPC voices, twists, turns, combat descriptions, etc.
6. Elements of the game which are almost never mentioned (exactly how does a magic missile look in your world), will become obvious. Additionally, aspects that GMs are likely to forget... such as the fighter's allegiance to the Red Tower or the cleric's reasons for hating the duke.
7. Motivation to actually start your campaign and keep at it until its conclusion.
So, yeah. That's what I was thinking about this morning - a vision board for tabletop fantasy RPGs. Of course, this could also work for any RPG: Vampire, Super-Heroes, Star Wars, Call of Cthulhu, etc.
Thoughts? Also, if you make one for your game, I'd love to see it. Send me pics, a link, whatever!
Authored by Venger Satanis
* copied/pasted directly from the internet.