GMing is an immensely challenging, but (hopefully) rewarding, thing to do. You get to bring a game to life, immerse your players in the world and tell stories with your friends. What could be better?
That said, GMing isn’t a doddle. At a minimum, you’ve got:
- A world to design (or read if you are using a publishing setting).
- An adventure to design or prepare.
- Player desires and expectations to meet.
- Game sessions to run/oversee/guide.
I love GM, but it can be time-consuming and sometimes mentally exhausting. It’s a challenge.
Sometimes, we forget that like any challenge we can make GMing easier, more fun and less time-consuming. To do that, though, we need to understand the challenges and pitfalls inherent in GMing. And here’s the kicker: every GM has their own (game-based) challenges and problems.
My Main GMing Challenge
I know what my main GMing challenge is—beyond finding the time to prepare for the session: mainly it’s an obsession with being prepared “enough”. And when I say “enough” I mean—of course—mega-prepared for virtually any eventuality. I think this is a driving force behind a lot of Raging Swan Press’s products (mainly the various Dungeon Dressing, Wilderness Dressing and Urban Dressing Books as well as the (free) 20 Things articles we put out on a weekly basis.
So I’ve shown you mine—what’s your greatest GMing challenge? Let me know, in the comments below.