I've been thinking about preparing for our next session of Monsterhearts, and I'm facing a fairly typical GM challenge. It occurred to me that the clever people of Story Games Land may have some good tips, practices, caveats, or experiences to share.
The short version is:
Some important things happened in the last session, and the PCs fled the scene. Now, the NPCs have some very important conversations to have with each other off-screen.
In our case, it's a very suspicious situation, a fight, and a car crash. The police are undoubtedly going to be trying to find out what's going on and talking to the NPCs involved.
Going into the next session, trying to figure out what happened "behind the scenes" is a heavy mental load for the GM. Who said what? Lots of people have stakes involved in lying about what happened, but it's a complex situation and lots of NPCs have different stakes in play.
Going into the next session, I should really have some sense of what went down, who said what, and where things are heading.
Do you have any shorthand, tips, tricks, or other methods for dealing with a complex situation off-screen?
Think of any situation (maybe mine, maybe one from your own game) where a lot is at stake, and just skipping over all the details would be unsatisfying.
What's your process for resolving it and getting back to play? What are your favourite tricks?