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A lot can happen in one session, and after a week (or two or three, depending on how busy players’ lives are) has passed in real time, it might be hard to remember everything that transpired the session before. So make notes of important plot points, especially ones that were relevant to one’s own character, to avoid feeling lost once everyone rejoins to play again. The character sheet has plenty of space for note-taking – and if it runs out of room, feel free to attach more paper.
This is a simple one. You as the GM of the game do not have to be completely in charge of everything that happens in the world. RPGs are, for the most part, designed to be played as a group. And sometimes the rest of that group should be given the reins from time to time. One of your strongest tools in the RPG toolbox is literally just asking your players questions. What do you find? How do they respond? What does it feel like? They can be little flourishes of player control or massive plot-defining moments handed over with love and trust to the player who it means the most to. This isn’t unprecedented, by the way. You’ll often see things like this in modern RPGs. In Blades in the Dark, your players create the quests and some of the NPCs – they invent the magical items, choose their adversaries and define the stakes at hand. It’s a pretty common thing for D&D dungeon masters to ask the player to describe what happens when they critically hit an enemy, giving them a cool flourish after a big chunk of damage.
In the private conversation, a HUGE secret is divulged. For instance, it is said that Sari is a werewolf. When characters that were NOT able to hear or be part of that conversation act on that secret knowledge, ie suddenly buy ALL the silver or won’t go walking with Sari at night anymore, then it’s Metagaming. And it’s bad. It just derails the game. Metagaming can be sneaky so try hard to have your character react to only what they know. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes or stumble while playing as a character. It is challenging sometimes to think of how a different person would solve a problem. This is part of the fun. Don’t be afraid to embrace your character with gestures or trying a new accent. You’d be surprised how much fun it is to try sounding Texan or French for 2 hours. Your DM may even award you extra XP (experience points) or inspiration for trying. However, there are definitely Dungeons and Dragons games centered around numbers or survival if you prefer.
You shouldn’t feel bad about sitting down to GM and not having a full grasp on every rule in the book. If you’re confused about how something works in play, don’t panic. You can improvise what happens in the moment and check on the rule later, or even pause the game briefly to give your players a break whilst you read the rulebook. Whatever you need, just do it. No-one is going to be upset that you don’t have an encyclopedic knowledge of how the game works on day one. (If they do, they probably suck – maybe don’t play with them.)
Not sure what a spell’s description means? Can’t remember what AC or DC stands for? Don’t know what it means to be behind cover? Ask! Pausing the game’s action for a few seconds is worth it to help make sure everyone is on the same page and having a good time. More often than not, DM’s and other players will be glad to answer questions for friends who are learning the game. And if they aren’t…well, refer to the first point. They might not be the best people to play with, especially for a first campaign. Read more info on https://dnds.store/.