The topic for the 18 April 2013 #RPGChat was Tips for new GMs.
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a lot of people pitched along the idea of working with your players:
Don’t try to do everything, you’ll fail. Pick people you like and build a game with the whole group. Everyone likes their own idea.
I am a huge fan of listening to players and letting them drive the story. My idea of fun isn’t everyone else’s.
This game is about what you & your players, so work together but dont totally yield to them. Make it fun for both sides.
someone asked what a first time GM needs to know
What is the first thing a new GM needs to learn?
@LibraryDLemm Stay calm, everyone is there to have fun, concentrate on that and the rest will follow
@LibraryDLemm I would say learning how to improvise. Players never go with what you plan.
New GMs: Know what you can control and what you can’t. Hint – you can only control yourself. Don’t try to control anyone else
a common advice, don’t be afraid to make mistakes
My biggest tip for new GMs: Accept that you will miss things/mess up, cop to it, learn, and have fun.
What I’ve learned is that I don’t have fun when I try to make a perfect game session – and that’s not what anyone expects anyway.
New GMs: You’ll make mistakes. When you do, admit it to the players, fix it if you can, & make an effort not to repeat it.
My advice for new GMs:
2. If you’re not sure about a rule, wing it & look it up later.
3. Use the Rule of Awesome.
blogs, social media and advice for new GMs
Inspired by this afternoon’s #rpgchat , I reposted this letter to new DMs I wrote a while ago: https://plus.google.com/113196639040063517758/posts/N9Q2Sc9NUP8 …
some advice on interacting with the players
I posit here it’s more important for players to FEEL like they solved the mystery than it is for them to actually do it
i prefer open rolls RT @BeefGriller: Should you roll your dice behind the screen or in the open? +/- for both?
@BeefGriller the one caveat is don’t tell the players WHY you rolled or whether the outcome was good or bad, that builds tension 🙂
There’s no dice/skill system officially used in my RP, but I do find it useful to occasionally roll my oversize D20 to add chance.
A question about what games for first time GMs to run
In your opinion, what’s the best system for new GMs?
I had a really good first-timer experience with School Daze
Pathfinder Beginner Box. Hands down best new GM set out there
The way the character sheet is introduced in the Pathfinder beginner box is DIVINE. I love that thing.
Truth. “@TheUniverseGM: I think system is ultimately less important to new GMs than a setting they/the players are interested in.
Favorite system for a new GM: Bullwinke&Rocky – shared GMing, all about story telling and being in character plus hand puppets!
New GMs: Never make knowing or not knowing something a skill check. That’s binary and boring. Sharing information = action.
THIS! RT @Canageek: New DM tip: Dont write puzzles and expect the players to find the solution you thought of.
@Alpharalpha Having a table of random things is useful for inspiration during the game.
1st-time GMs: DON’T try to plan for every possible choice your players will make. They WILL surprise you
some advice about treasure
loot-I like to give each player by lvl5 an item that “grows” with them. sword for fighter, cloak for rogue so on. these items then
“grow” in power or ability every 2-3 levels saves me from adding new “special” loot and players grow attached to their custom item!
@GherkinP Fun also fun to give a “cursed” item to the party that they all have to work together to solve! great long run subplot
a question about handling things like establishing prices for things in game
I also have no idea how to price things, like bail for getting out of jail from a bar brawl or renting a horse
@DLDzioba There’s a good spot to call on your Rules Lawyers – Hey Joe – how much should bail be in The Realms?
What to do for learning rules and new GMs
@d20Blonde Find a way to play the game first. I didn’t fully grok Fate until I’d been in a game; now I teach it to others
Use & abuse your Rules Lawyer. RT @d20Blonde What recommendations for prospective GMs who don’t grok rules well from written text?
MT @RonarCorruption ALL GMs: remember that the first rule is fun! All the rules in the world are just there to help you get there.
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