For the 21 March #RPGChat, we had an open forum. Most of the talk was tips for players and GMs.
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Tweets of Note:
Suggested Topic: Best Practices/Habits of GMs and Players. First half on GMs, second on players. Do’s and Don’t’s sort of stuff.
Listen more than you talk. Question more than declare. Ask for buy-in directly rather than assume you have it.
hide monsters behind the screen. place it to one side like on a small table. not on the game table #rpgchat
GM tips: don’t use a screen. Roll in the open. Don’t fudge rolls. Play to find out what happens, the same as the players.
If you can’t think of an interesting outcome for a particular roll/scene, ask your players to help you come up with something.
never force it, our hobby is about fun. 🙂 RT @CFcreative: My best tip for a GM: Plan, but expect to improv. A lot
Oh, another GM tip: You really want to catch player’s attention? Use props. Seriously. I’ve kept every prop @Magemistress gave me.
@symatt Yes, and you never know what random NPC will actually become a part of “the story” if you’re playing to see what happens!
and Player tips:
A player tip: when you’ve agreed to the tone of a game, respect it. For GMs: talk to players about what’s expected in advance.
Players: Ask yourself how something /can/ be so rather than how it /can’t/. The former creates new fiction; the latter doesn’t
Players: think about your characters’ motivations, why are they in this place with these PCs and share that with the group and GM
Remember your character is not you and might react differently.
Players: If your GM uses linear plots and you’re getting nowhere because you’re off-track, stop and ask for directions
Players: Don’t argue w/a GM at the table- it’ll only slow or stop the game. Bring it up after the game when you both cool off
Players: Ask your GM how you to tie your character to the elements of the adventure you’re on other than “accept quest for X gold.”
Hm, other tips for players & GMs. . . . players, always take a ste back and ask yourself “Am I hogging the spotlight?”
This is a big tip. Mutual respect for all players regardless of their level of skill
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