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Master of the Game

Posted by gamingforacure on January 19, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Wow, has it already been a year since I posted a Blog Entry?!?!? So, I am a bit off on posting an entry every month!

Lots of things have happened over the past year. Marriages, games come and gone, friendly gatherings, but all of this is moot. You came here looking for the goods! Gaming Goods!

Well then, I guess I can not disappoint you. . .

This entry focuses on the Game Master, or the person who is in charge of running the said game on any given game night. Who is this person? Who should they be? What do they do? Who cares?

When Hosting any game, wether it be a board game night with the family, or sitting down to your first game of a long running RPG campaign, the Game Master is the most important individual in the room. Not only are they responsible for most of the work, but they must have a firm hold of the game rules and be able to engage and entertain those there to play.

I have Game Mastered my fair share of games over the years, most of which were probably horrible... In fact I remember one D&D session in college where we very nearly destroyed the World of Greyhawk by invoking the name of Vecna and Iuz, then proceeded to break out their stats and dual it off to see who would win...(but that is a story for another nerd filled time)!

What I learned though from my years of GMing was that you must have a good imagination, you HAVE to be flexible and you must be willing to laugh. Putting on a good serious game is one thing, but sooner or later one of the players is going to say something like, "Sweet! Are we getting super powers now?!?!" or "I attack the calmness settling over the room" and if you, as Game Master, don't take it with a grain of salt, things could go south real quick. Games are designed for us to stretch our imaginations and for us to relax after a long week of work and stress. A little laughter during a game is good for the soul.

All in all though, the biggest job of a Game Master is being a good Storyteller. Being a fanboy and wannabe writer, I have read countless books, aritcles and websites on how to be a good Game Master ( or for the lack of a better pun, how to Master the Game...) Some of them were bad... real bad, but some of them were fantastic references on how to deal with everthing from player boredom to random items you might find in a dungeon.

If you are as a big of fan as I am, you will know the urge to become a better storyteller and entertainer. Little things like changing the tone of your voice when describing a "bad guy" to dressing in period clothing can make  the hack -n- slack drudgery turn into an event to remember! So to help you grow in skill, remember to prepare ahead of time, laugh a little and don't be afraid to live a little!

Below are some links to a varity of items and websites that I found helpful in my gaming career. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!

And if you happen to be in Northern Michigan on Feb 4th, 2012 please take this as a personal invitation to Gaming For A Cure WinterFest. Directions and more information can be found on this website. Thank you for your continued support.

Until next time, Game on!

Paizo Publishing's Game Mastery Guide

Wizards of the Coast D&D Legends and Lore articles

Kimberly Chapman's Words about Being a Good Game Master

And one of my favorite Monte Cook interviews from Critical

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