Any advice for a starting GM?

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Any advice for a starting GM?

Postby Texhnophille » Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:17 am

Yes, I know Matthew Mercer exists and yes, I do watch his videos. Just want to have as broad a perspective as possible.
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Re: Any advice for a starting GM?

Postby ninja_bait » Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:04 am

Well, you can also watch Matt Coville's video series
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Re: Any advice for a starting GM?

Postby doodstormer » Sun May 20, 2018 5:04 am

If you don't mind letting a long-winded video play in the background while you do other things (because he digresses and gets distracted pretty frequently), Spoony's Counter Monkey series was a big inspiration when I still GMed. He's been playing since ye anciente dayes and has experience with a broad range of systems, and is really worth listening to for stories and advice.

Obviously he doesn't upload anymore because Spoony, but really his backlog is enormous enough to keep you busy.
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Re: Any advice for a starting GM?

Postby Texhnophille » Sun May 20, 2018 9:25 am

doodstormer wrote:If you don't mind letting a long-winded video play in the background while you do other things (because he digresses and gets distracted pretty frequently), Spoony's Counter Monkey series was a big inspiration when I still GMed. He's been playing since ye anciente dayes and has experience with a broad range of systems, and is really worth listening to for stories and advice.

Obviously he doesn't upload anymore because Spoony, but really his backlog is enormous enough to keep you busy.


Didn't know Spoony was a tabletop buff, thanks!
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Re: Any advice for a starting GM?

Postby AnnoyedZebra » Sun May 20, 2018 3:37 pm

literally just make it up as you go along, maybe half reading some lore books whenever you run out of ideas
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Re: Any advice for a starting GM?

Postby DatGuy » Tue May 29, 2018 12:40 am

Pick a monster. Think about where it might live. Think about what else might live with it. Theme your dungeon around that monster. Rinse and repeat.
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Re: Any advice for a starting GM?

Postby Silent-sigfig » Tue Jul 17, 2018 7:15 pm

Been DMing for a while now. My biggest advice is read as mnay books as you can. This will improve your language at the table. It will also give you a names to draw from, instead of making one up on the spot.

Additionally, figure out vaguely where you want your players to go, what you want them to fight, and what you want them to discover ahead of time. Then just let them run wild and drop these details in as you see fit.
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Re: Any advice for a starting GM?

Postby Scribonius » Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:00 pm

*thinks* I've been a DM/GM for over twenty years and several editions now. The best advice I can offer is to remember three basic rules.

#1: Don't overthink your campaign plot. No campaign plot survives an encounter with the players. Seriously. You can plan the background as detailed as you want, but keep the actual campaign kind of free-form. Make up a general plot, but try to limit the specifics. I guarantee that the second you try to predict what the players will do, they're going to do something COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.  :roll:

#2: Unless you REALLY REALLY need them to do something or be somewhere, try not to "railroad" your players (force them to go places or do things). All it does is annoy people. With enough practice, you can trick the players to go where you want them to be anyway.  :twisted:

#3: This is supposed to be FUN! Don't let the rules dictate what happens! If you don't like (or can't quite understand) a rule, bend it. If it STILL isn't working, break it. If even that doesn't work, throw it out the window and let chance dictate what happens! I once let my players drop a boulder off the deck of a flying ship from high orbit and smash a castle! Was there a rule for it? No. I thought about it, decided it would result in a fun story, and made them roll to see what happened.  :D
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