Matthew Colville joins me on the show to discuss the art of game mastering. He has fantastic insights on running RPGs, and he shares some war stories as well. There are lots of great GMing tips in this episode!
Topics & Links
Curse of Strahd
Watch Chris Perkins run Curse of Strahd on Dice, Camera, Action.
Running sandbox games
Building encounters and encounter balance in fifth edition
Improvising your own monster variants
Matthew has a great idea for running an encounter with a co-GM – the “GM threat die”.
How to run especially smart or dumb monsters
The skill challenge from 4e – get x successes before you get y failures. Have a couple or few skills PCs can use for the challenge.
Having your big bad guy played by someone you know in the real world
Top-down vs bottom-up worldbuilding
Building your campaign map
Words of encouragement for potential new GMs
Read Playing at the World to learn more about the history of D&D and RPGS.
Don’t let the dream of the perfect game or experience get in the way of starting as a GM.
Follow Matthew on Twitter.
Check out Matthew's awesome YouTube channel!
Matthew's RPG videos mentioned in the interview:
Matthew's video on using or not using a GM screen
Video on making your first adventure
Story of the green slaad
Running the Game, series of tips and advice for GMs
The History of D&D, One Fighter at a Time