RPGaDay 2020 Day 19 – “Tower” #RPGADAY2020

Today’s prompt is “Tower”

This prompt is a hard one.  I mean, in any of the games I run, towers of some variety are part of the landscape, but that’s a pretty easy approach.  I was thinking about looking at the tower that is taking on the role of being a GM.  It’s not an easy role to play and there are fewer still that enjoy the role like I do.  There is a lot of work to being a GameMaster and for those just getting into the hobby, taking on the mantle of the GM/DM/Storyteller can seem daunting at first.  For new GMs-in-Training, I would suggest a few lessons to help get you up to speed.

  • Start off running games for close, trusted friends.  You have a lot of rules and plans to remember and in the early days, you will struggle to remember them.  Players who will understand when you stumble over rules or need to refer to the Core Rulebook will help remove some of the pressure for new GMs.
  • Some rules will stick with you better than others.  Make reference pages that are tailored to yourself.  GM screens often have handy tables and such, but not so much on rules.  If you struggle remembering a specific common rule, write down a cue card or reference page, detailing the things you often forget.  It will speed things up greatly, as you are finding your own pace.
  • Improvise!  I know I’ve mentioned improvisation a lot over the years I’ve been running this blog, but it is by far the best tool available to me.  When you are able to let your players go off the deep end with weird ideas and have them feel that you had planned this all along, you’ll know that you have climbed that tower and your players are enjoying their time at the table.

Whether you run published adventures, find free material online or write your own, if you take the time to learn the ropes and find shortcuts that work for you, you can become a GM.  Player freedom (or the illusion thereof) will make any story you wish to tell all the more enjoyable and create a world of your own with the help of your friends.

~ by 1nsomniac on August 19, 2020.

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