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Top  How Game Master / Dungeon Master How to use this Community to beome a Game Master / Dungeon Master or the Creator of a RPG. For a start: Make sure you are able to be consistent, encourage your Players and tell a good story!
Post Date: 9th Apr, 2005 - 2:32pm / Post ID: #
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How To Be A Game Master / Dungeon Master

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Game Master / Dungeon Master

Rules, Policies and Tips on running your own Role-playing Game in this Community.

ABSOLUTE FIRST: A lot of Players and the Administrator of this site will be investing time to help you achieve the best Role-playing Game possible, please be understanding of that. You must be able to take constructive instruction and guidance about your Game or your Posts. For instance see: Page 2.

The Key Is To ALWAYS Be Courteous

If you are the kind of person that is easily offended or cannot follow the most basic Rules of this Community then please, do not start any Games here.

NEXT: Do not start Role-playing Games you cannot complete!

Word definitions

GM or Game Master = The person that runs an Role-playing Game

Dungeon Master or Dungeon Master = Same as GM

Role-playing Game = Role-Playing Game where players manage a character in a fictitious world

Scenario = The theme or outline of a game

Post / Message = The writings of someone that has been saved

Thread = A series of Posts make up a Thread although a Thread can be one Post - what you are on now is a Thread

Board = Where all Threads of a similar subject are kept - Example of a Board

Forum = The Community as a whole

Note: An introduction explanation of the Play By Post format can be read on TextRPG.com

So you want to be a Game Master?

Being a Game Master (GM for short) can be very rewarding, but it can also be a lot of work. I would say the first attribute you must have is a love for role-play gaming. Then a real desire to make your scenarios work. You may not be very good at describing your games / scenarios at first, but if you work at it you will find that your words will formulate into just the right places / phrases / sentences because you really want it to. Too many Game Master's often give up on the first try - don't be one of them.

What options do Game Masters have in this Community?

* First of all, this Community is Intellectually Mature, so your scenarios should be compatible and not teeny bopper based so as to leave everyone uninterested or even deleted. As a Dungeon Master / GM it is your responsibility to ensure that your Players and yourself abide by the rules of the Community. Remember your Players do look to you for guidance - make sure you are leading them by example.

* The Text Role-playing Game Character Creator is one of the best tools about this site. It allows a GM to have his Posts as well as the Players customized based on the game's Theme. For instance, if you are running a game based on Dungeons & Dragons then when your Player's create a Character they will be offered Dungeons & Dragons related Avatars and symbols. Features are being added to it often.

* Your Own SRD. You can setup your own System Reference Document for your Role-playing Game. Read More.

* Unique Threads. When you have enough Players, you will be able to start a couple of Threads for your Game. These Threads will then be made "Role-playing Game Threads" Thus enabling your Players to create Characters specifically for your game. They will be granted space to store all their stats conveniently.

* Anti-Cheat Dice: Embedded Dice that will not show rolls until a certain period so Players cannot edit their Posts based on the roll given. You can also select additional options for each roll.

* Its All Mobile Responsive so you and your Players will be able to check the game and their Characters on any mobile device / desktop at anytime!

* See All Players In Your Role-playing Game by just looking at one page, so as the GM you can access all Players and root stats quickly. You will also be able to track delinquent Players or those who did not finish creating their Character. You can also mark Characters as "Abroad", "Dead", etc. This prevents the changing of Player Sheets when they are not in the game. Learn More.

* Identify the Location of Characters to save time during and before combat. See the Role-playing Game Marching Order Thread.

* Your Own Area To Upload Maps Learn more: Options For Mapping or Sketching

* Remind Slow Players that they need to give input. Read more on this here: Game Master's Nag Player Button.

* Special Codes that allow you to format information as in or out of Character so there is structure in your writing. See more on this via the Role-playing Game Etiquette button available in all Role-playing Games. This is the format you use in your Role-playing Games.

* Writing Help in the form of spell checker and thesaurus that check your content or add to it while you Post.

Can I just create a 'Play As You Go Type Role-playing Game?'

Yes, some people refer to this as "Collaborative writing", you can do that right here in this Member Wars Board. Mostly, a person will come along and write a detailed theme and then players simply make up their characters as they Post. There are no stats to worry about, but because the game is so open it could turn in any direction.

Can I be the author of my own Scenario like a Blog?

Sure, you can also do that in this Board… Just make sure to state that you do not want any replies to your thread in your first message. Then if anyone does reply you can ask a Moderator to remove it (The unwanted reply) for you.

How many Role-playing Games can I start here?

No more than two. Please see the reasons for this here.

Now, for the next important steps…


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Post Date: 29th Nov, 2009 - 6:58pm / Post ID: #
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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do I need GMaster Status to start an Role-playing Game here?
A. No, GMaster status is not necessary, however before you can start Threads you do need to ensure there are Players willing to be in it. Please read on.

Q. How do I start?
The first thing you need to do is: START a new Thread in the [+] Board, Card, & Role-playing Game Reviews detailing your proposed Role-playing Game. You must have interest FIRST before you will be allowed to start an Role-playing Game. Interest in this case is defined by active Players stating in your Review Thread that they will actively play in your Role-playing Game. You need a minimum of TWO active Players before you can start your Role-playing Game Threads - no exceptions.

The Thread's title should be as an example: "JB's Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 Campaign Review". In it you put the details of your campaign such as system type, starting level, number of players, schedule of play, what the campaign or scenario will be about, etc. Here is an example of a Review Thread: See Here.

Q. So, when will I need GMaster status?
A. If you have a large Role-playing Game and several players and need things like the ability to Upload images within Posts and lock Threads. GMasters or those with GM status are allowed to Upload images in their Posts. All Game Masters already have a Maps section where they can Upload Images.

Q. As a GM will I be able to use images for my Role-playing Game ?
A. As a regular GM you use the Maps section, but if you have GMaster status, you can also Upload images within your Posts as well, but there are some limitations that you must be aware of, continue reading. As a general rule images and image code are not allowed in Posts by Regular Members because we have suffered in the past with:

1. Abuse: posting to someone's work, using image to advertise, etc.
2. Images stored on free host become broken and make for ugly captions
3. Your posts here are shown on many other Role-playing Game sites so large sized images (Width, height, KBs) cause a lot of problems.

Members with GM status (Given by the Architect) are allowed to use images in their Post but it CAN be taken away if there is abuse or you discontinue following the requirements mentioned below:


Q. How do I get GMaster status?
A. First, GMaster status is ONLY if you need EXTRA features. You do NOT need this to be a Game Master in the Community. Therefore you can SKIP this step and on to the next section.

If you still choose to go after GMStatus then you need the following first:

1. Have a structured plan for your current Role-playing Game (Rules, policies, etc)
2. Have a dedicated following of Players (This is observed over time)
3. You must be active (75% or more is considered average)
4. You must have at least 30 Core Posts.
5. You must show consistency. Your current game or attending to Players should be a daily event. Nothing worst that seeing Players more active than the person running the game.
6. You need to start a Review Thread in the [+] Board, Card, & Role-playing Game Reviews detailing your proposed Role-playing Game. Only until you have enough confirmed support posted within in your Review Thread will you be allowed to start Threads in the Member Wars Board.


Q. So then how do I use the images?
A. Well first it will need to be deciphered what you need images for. Are you using authorized royalty free images? Will you be Uploading many images or just occasionally? Based on those answers the Architect can give you GM status and may ask you to either:

1. Use the Upload Field after pressing the "Add Reply" Button in the Thread where you want the image to appear. Of course you will have to Post content with the image or it will not be accepted.
2. You send the Architect a folder of all images you want to use and he gives you the necessary link to use them in your Posts as needed.
3. You can Upload images as necessary such as showing a map of a current game. It should not be used to Upload unrelated images not part of your game.

This will be worked on a case by case basis.

Where Can I get more info about creating my own Role-playing Game ?
A. You are in the right Thread. We have Thread with some additional tips here: Start Your Own Story / Own Role-playing Game


Post Date: 9th Dec, 2009 - 1:25pm / Post ID: #
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How To Be A Game Master / Dungeon Master RPGs PBP Pathfinder / D&D

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Topics You Should Read & Participate In As A Game Master

The following Topics I have hand picked for good reading. In order for all of us to improve and learn from each other you should also participate in them at some point during your time in the Community:

In Order By A-Z:

Can One Player And A Game Master Carry A Game?
Debate: Play By Post vs Table Top Role-playing Games
Dependable Game Master / Dungeon Master
Dependable Role-playing Game Players
Don't Break A New Player's Enthusiasm
Embedded Dice Support
Formula for Summoning Atmosphere in Role-Playing Games
Game Master's Almanac
Game Master's Assistant
Game Masters: How To Recruit Players For Your Role-playing Game
Game Masters Looking For Role-playing Game Play By Post Players
Game Master's Nag Player Button
Game Master's Rule & Policies Page
Game Master's Schedule Or Stop Waiting On Slow Players Guide
Game Masters That Cannot Follow Posting Rules
How to communicate with the GM privately (So you know when Players ask)
Looking For Committed Game Masters For JB's Boards
Managing Intelligent Monsters In Role-Playing Games
Maps & Mapping For Role-Playing Games
Melodramatic Role-Play Gamers
Over Reliance On The Game Master To Have Fun
Players Waiting On Players Syndrome
Pre-rolled Characters
Right Amount Of Role-Players
Role-playing Game Etiquette
Role-playing Game Marching Order
Role-playing Game Newsletters
Romance In Role-playing Games
Text Role-playing Game Character Creator
Text Role-playing Game Creator Auto SRD Reference
Text Role-playing Game Creator's Gems
Using Alignment In Role-Playing Games
Using Player Character Status For Game Masters
What Kind Of Role-playing Game Experience Are You Looking For?
What Time Do You Play By Post On Here?
When Do You Close An Role-playing Game Due To Inactivity?
Why Our Play By Post System Is The Best!
Writing Tips For Play By Post Role-playing Game Masters
Your Favorite Way To Reward Players

Focus On Writing / Grammar

Using Interjections - Word Emotions

Q. How come I cannot start more than a couple of New Threads per day?
A. There is a limit on the number of New Threads a Regular Member can start. If you need multiple Threads then you will need to let 24 hours pass and then you can start more. Upgraded Members do not have this delay.


Q. Some of my Posts are deleted, why is that?
A. Most new Game Masters are very anxious to begin Posting and do not READ our Posting Policy which includes PROPER grammar, stay on Topic and be relevant. This means that your Posts should well formatted, grammatically correct and so forth. We do not expect perfection, but at the same time writing sentences in all common letters or using "Net talk" as a GM is not justified here. Remember, to be a GM you should be an exemplar of the Community's Rules and Policies.


Post Date: 17th Jul, 2010 - 5:04pm / Post ID: #
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Will You Like To Take Over A Current Board For Your RPG?

I have recently placed an Update about GMs taking over some of the RPGs we have here. You can look at this specific Post: Source 9

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Post Date: 18th Oct, 2010 - 5:19pm / Post ID: #
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Those of you who are already Dungeon Masters that have seen the documentary with the same title may also like to look at this Thread: Source 8


Post Date: 4th Sep, 2011 - 2:28am / Post ID: #
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How To Be A Game Master / Dungeon Master

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Don't Start Games If You Cannot Finish Them!

There is a trend by some excited Dungeon Masters to start Threads with games getting Players anticipations high only to have it fall flat. Here is a simple rule of thumb:

DO NOT START GAMES HERE THAT YOU CANNOT STAY AND FINISH


If you know in the next week you will be working or studying or on vacation then why start a game that will end in you having to tell the players that you can no longer continue? It is also helpful if you post your schedule, in fact I will start making that mandatory. For instance if you start a game it should be stated:

I will update this game every 'x' days regardless to player input. This way active players are not penalized because delinquent players do not show up. Dungeon Masters should naturally 'kill off' players that do not show up regularly for games. Of course you can't do that if you're not active yourself.

Penalty For Delinquent Dungeon Masters / Game Masters

If as a Dungeon Master / GM with GMaster status you are running a Role-playing Game and suddenly leave it unattended without notice, warning or an exact return / restart date with your Players hanging then you will lose GMaster status and related features will be taken away. Neither will it be restored upon your return. We run a serious mature minded Community with free features for your use and no matter what is your case you owe it to everyone to at least say, "I will be gone for 'X' and the game will restart 'Y'. Or if you know you cannot facilitate the game then state so clearly so no one is left guessing. Even with that said it reverts back to what was said earlier: DO NOT START GAMES HERE THAT YOU CANNOT STAY AND FINISH. Therefore if you are going to be a Dungeon Master / GM here you better finish your whole game to the very last Player.


Post Date: 11th Feb, 2013 - 4:17pm / Post ID: #
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How Be Game Master / Dungeon Master

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Mixing Up Dungeons & Dragons Rules & Your Own Game Discussion Threads

One thing I have noticed as a trend among Dungeon Masters is to have a "Player" Thread as an 'open' Thread to Discuss the Dungeon Masters game. I can see the reasoning behind it as there needs to be some outside Discussion, BUT it brings up issues that I left alone for while but for which I think I can no longer do so.

All Dungeon Masters should please consider these points when having these 'open' Player Threads:

1. Your Player Threads should be focused on your Game and not other items in the Community. As an example I see Posts being used to talk about personal interests or topics better suited for either the Welcome Board or the RPG Reviews Board.

2. When it comes to Dungeons & Dragons Rules please use the RPG Reviews Board instead of turning the Player's Thread into a debate over it. In doing so you will enable:

A. Players to see existing Threads about Dungeons & Dragons, there are in fact many existing Threads or ones can be started
B. References to be Posted about Dungeons & Dragons Game Rules
C. More than just the Players from your Game will benefit
D. Members not in your Game but who may know the answer to a Dungeons & Dragons related Rule will be able to participate.
E. Players to know about your Game Reviews Thread which is always located in the RPG Reviews Board

3. When something is related to the Member Wars Board as a whole please use the Member Wars Support Thread.


Post Date: 23rd Mar, 2013 - 2:44am / Post ID: #
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Do Link Your Content

As a GM you should offer a link to your content rather than simply say "Read the Rules" or "Check the Settings" and things like that. This is especially true when you are inviting new Members to your games. Remember you are familiar with where everything is located but they are not.

We do have very strict rules about external linking but in house links are fine. The proper way to link something is by using the URL tags rather than being dependent on the site putting it as "Source". For instance:

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[URL=http://www.textrpg.com]About Text RPG[/url]


Will give you this: About Text RPG

That is much better than simply: Source 2


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