Seize the GM
Seize the GM
Episode 12: Organizing for your game

Main Topic


Zendead- Both physical and electronic based on what I am running. Physically I have a notebook and printout of whatever I am running for at the table. Electronically I use a few different things. I make use of Google Docs, Box, Scriviner, a Name Generator app, Pinterest, and a Journal app I also use WorkFlowy. I have 2 new ones I haven’t played with yet called Character Planner and Quest Tracker. I want to figure out how to use Evernote at some point in the future for notes.


Joules- I use a notebook. The back and the front.  Front for story notes. Turn it over and start at the back for player actions and possible consequences.  A sticky note pad for player ninja notes. Hero lab. It’s a great tool for learning how to make characters and there’s a bunch of cool ways to build NPCs. Additionally, the pdf printouts are awesome.  You can go base or super explainy


Nulloperations- OneNote, mostly. I never use physical goods anymore.


Stat Blocks

Zendead- The Archivist

The archivist is 1 part packrat, 1 part organizer and 2 parts salesmen. The archivist can find or has the actual item you are looking for or has a reasonable facsimile of it. It might seem like any old shop keep or black market op it like this but they are only parts of this person. While it make take time for someone else to get or build the thing you are looking for the archivist has it on hand when you need it.

Her name on the street is Bookworm because she wears glasses. She has all the documents you will ever need to jump borders as well as set up that false front to make you seem like the guy that everyone trusts. The reason is she has found a stockpile of old forms that people have used and are in the processes of phasing out. As old pieces pass out of favor she adds new things to her list and keeps from becoming obsolete.




Justin – The Voucher
Travel is a difficult task, regardless of location, destination, and chrono-point in the possibility stream; but now the task of arranging your transportation is gone with the purchase of The Voucher. The voucher immediately becomes the ticket, token, currency, or mark needed to identify the holder as a valid rider on a chosen method of transportation. Torn, stamped, or otherwise damaging the voucher doesn’t hinder its ability to provide convincing evidence of the rider’s right to travel. This includes royal parades, funeral barges, secret transportation jets, and more. Enjoy your trip today with a voucher.
WARNING! The Voucher expires immediately on arrival at a destination, and its apparent false nature becomes extremely evident to all those who handled it, including knights, transportation administration, computer security systems, and secretive military agents. The Catalog does not guarantee safety for the user after use of the Voucher, nor are they responsible for criminal charges or incarcerations that may occur.
The Voucher. Here, There, Everywhere.
Order with caution. All purchases recorded and authorities will be notified.





noun  to·tem \ˈtō-təm\

Definitions of totem
1 a :  an object (as an animal or plant) serving as the emblem of a family or clan and often as a reminder of its ancestry; also :  a usually carved or painted representation of such an object
  b :  a family or clan identified by a common totemic object
2 :  one that serves as an emblem or revered symbol


Totem in a sentence-

The shaman’s’ totem was Otter.


Origin and Etymology of totem
Ojibwa oto·te·man his totem

First Known Use: circa 1776

Totem comes to us from Ojibwa, an Algonquian language spoken by an American Indian people from the regions around Lake Superior. The most basic form of the word in Ojibwa is believed to be “ote,” but 18th-century English speakers encountered it as “ototeman” (“his totem”), which became our word totem. In its most specific sense, “totem” refers to an emblematic depiction of an animal or plant that gives a family or clan its name and that often serves as a reminder of its ancestry. The term is also used broadly for any thing or person having particular emblematic or symbolic importance. The related adjective “totemic” describes something that serves as a totem, that depicts totems (“totemic basketry,” for example), or that has the nature of a totem.



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Shout Outs

Zendead- This week I have 2 the first is a podcast called Mysteries Abound  and the second is an old school Campaign called Night Below I am rereading this gem.

Joules-The Exploring Series on Youtube.  They have a good information on Cthulhu, Middle Earth, History etc.

Justin- Howls Moving Castle, Spirited Away


Music is courtesy of The Enigma TNG you can find his music on YouTube or on Bandcamp


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Thanks to Merriam Webster for Lexicon as always.

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