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Win the caption competition and get a free battle map commission of your own design!
There’s a catch, though…I’m the judge! So if you think you can amuse a middle-aged, English gentleman with an odd–some would say warped– sense of humour, head over to Heroic Map’s Patreon page and have a go!
I love GMing, but that doesn’t mean I love every aspect of GMing. Frankly some parts of the job—I’m looking at you “session prep”—suck.
I’m always looking for ways to improve my GMing. Essentially, I want to reduce the amount of time I spend prepping for the session while making the session itself more awesome. I also want to be a better GM during the session.
YOU Give the Advice
I spend a lot of time on this blog giving GM advice. This week, I thought it would be fun to ask for your tips and tricks. How do you get through session prep quickly? What tricks do you use to make your games run smoothly? Let me—and everyone else who read this article—know, in the comments below!
Help me make my game easier to prepare and run, and more awesome to experience!
(If I get enough comments, I’ll compile them into another blog post so everyone can easily benefit from the accumulated GM Wisdom of my readers).
In the 20+ years I’ve been running tabletop RPGs, there has always been one facet of the classic dungeoncrawl/hexcrawl game I’ve struggled with: mapping. Or, more precisely, conveying the information on my DM map to the players. I’m sure you’re familiar with the situation.
As you might recall, we’ve taken a break from our Skull & Shackles adventure path. Instead, another of the chaps is running a short goblin campaign (in which we all play murderous goblins).
We are having a blast.
If you are a Pathfinder player you would have to live under a rock to not know about the new edition blitzkrieging toward the community.
One of the critical questions a publisher must answer is: who will buy their products? Publishers need to know—as specifically as possible—who they hope to lure into their ebon clutches. Otherwise, how can they meet their customers’ needs?
With Plugg and Scourge dead the party were—at long last—in control of the Man’s Promise. With the looting of the ship and swearing of everlasting loyalty to Dread Pirate Captain Vilimzair by the surviving pirates complete thoughts turned to the diseased members of the party.
Are you a multi-classed father/GM? I’m a father and a GM (although seeing as I was a GM first I am more accurately described as “male human GM/father”) and I’ve had the privilege and enjoyment of sharing my hobby and passion with my sons (the eldest of whom is now a three-year veteran of our Wednesday night campaign).
That’s why Raging Swan Press is running a Father’s Day sale this weekend. If you are a Father and you’ve been thinking about sharing your hobby with your children, this is the perfect weekend to start. And I encourage you to do so with Shunned Valley of the Three Tombs a Pathfinder introductory adventure). Simply enter “fathersday” (without the quotes) during check out at the Raging Swan Press store to take 25% off your entire order. Alternatively, follow this link to have the discount applied automatically.
Gaming has given me so much and I’m beyond chuffed (English for happy and proud) to share it with my family. I hope you are as lucky.
(Also–don’t forget, even during the sale you still earn free gps at the store to spend on future purchases.)
As a GM, do you fudge your dice rolls? (And when I say fudge, I mean “change”). Do you do it for the noblest of reasons or do you do it because you are a swine and want to crush your players’ enjoyment and prove to them you are the master?