How To Be A Game Master / Dungeon Master The Dice Master says...
Game Master / Dungeon Master
Rules, Policies and Tips on running your own Role-playing Game in this Community. Please read through this entire Thread (2 pages), you can skip the part of GMStatus as that only applies to advanced Game Masters.
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. When respect is shown respect is given. 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. Above all: Do not start Role-playing Games you cannot complete!
RPG 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
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.
How Do I Start My Own Role-playing Game Campaign?
The best Dungeon Masters / Game Masters are usually the most active and versed Players. Before your consideration to run a game here you should first
be a Player in one of the existing games so you know how the system works, what is expected, etc.Q. How do I start my own Role-playing Game?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.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
* 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.Q. What about the content I write and images I might upload?
A. Content you present here and Players' input becomes copyright of this site. Content used from other sites or the intellectual property of others should have permission or be based on creative commons / public domain. Please see more on this here: Copyright: Our Policy Governing Content & Images
.Q. Can I just create a 'Play As You Go Type Role-playing Game?'
A. 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. Q. Can I be the author of my own Scenario like a Blog?
A. 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.Q. How many Role-playing Games can I start here?
A. No more than two. Please see the reasons for this here
.Q. How far can my horror / graphic scenes go or how scary can it be?
A. It can be as scary as you want it to be as the method is Play by Post, however there should be no graphic scenes surrounding things like sex, rape or anything like it. We also forbid the showing of hate or anguish towards or on child Characters (Age of innocence: 0-10).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
An introduction explanation of the Play By Post format can be read on TextRPG.comNow, for the next important steps…