Game Master's Journey 144: Teaching New Players & Tips for New GMs

Game Master's Journey 144: Teaching New Players & Tips for New GMs

Today I continue my series on the Roles of the GM. In this episode we discuss the GM as a teacher. As GMs we often find ourselves teaching players a new game, or even teaching players who’ve never played an RPG before.  I give you strategies to set yourself up for success and ensure your players come back for more. I also give some tips specific to teaching 5th edition D&D to new players, and finally I give some tips for new GMs preparing to run D&D for the first time. 

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Game Master's Journey 143: Food & Water, Descriptive & Interactive Roleplaying, Resting & Downtime

Game Master's Journey 143: Food & Water, Descriptive & Interactive Roleplaying, Resting & Downtime

I continue my discussion of chapter 8 of the PHB. We’ll talk about food & water, & interacting with objects. We’ll also discuss social interaction and the difference between descriptive and active roleplaying. I have some thoughts on how you can encourage more immersive active roleplaying from your players. Finally, we’ll go over resting and downtime activities.

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Game Master's Journey 140: D&D Ability Scores & When to Call for a Check

Game Master's Journey 140: D&D Ability Scores & When to Call for a Check

I dig into chapter 7 of the Player’s Handbook and discuss ability checks. I tell you how you can determine which ability and skill to use for a check and how to assign the DC for a check. I also touch on helping, group checks, encumbrance, and hiding in combat. Finally, I provide some insight on how to know when to ask for a roll, and when not to.

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Game Master's Journey 137: The GM as Rules Arbiter & Using the Random Height & Weight Table

Game Master's Journey 137: The GM as Rules Arbiter & Using the Random Height & Weight Table

Today I’m starting two new series on the show! First, I begin my series on the roles of the GM. As game masters we wear many hats, and there are a lot of skillsets involved. Today I discuss the GM as rules arbiter. When it comes to the rules of an RPG, the buck stops at the GM. Most RPGs have a rule zero which gives the GM ultimate authority when it comes to the rules, not the books or developers of the game. Second, I will begin a series of segments in which I will dig into the PHB and DMG. If you’ve been asking for episodes on how to play and/or run RPGs, this is for you! Hopefully I’ll tease out some gems from these books you didn’t even know were there.

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Game Master's Journey 136: Building D&D Encounters using the Unearthed Arcana

Game Master's Journey 136: Building D&D Encounters using the Unearthed Arcana

Today I’ll discuss an alternative method for building encounters for D&D that Wizards has provided in the Unearthed Arcana. After some playtesting, I’ve found this method to be easier and work better than the method presented in the DMG. It’s also not nearly as confusing or involved as it may seem. I also discuss the dangers of getting too used to adjusting encounters on the fly instead of designing them correctly to begin with. Finally, I give some pointers on creating a legendary version of a non-legendary monster to throw at your PCs.

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