Saturday, March 26, 2011

DM's Corner Round 1

In this series I've named DM's corner, I'll be explaining the basics of becoming a DM and what specifically they are responsible for. First of all, you may be asking the question, "What is a DM?" A DM or Dungeon Master is the most important person in any tabletop role-playing game. They create the world, situations, and are the primary person that the players interact with. "Well, whats the difference between a Dungeon Master and Gamemaster?" There is actually no difference, the title is usually based off of the type of tabletop game you are playing.

The DM's primary responsibility is to make sure that everyone is having fun. If that means everyone is constantly engaged in combat, great! If it means that the group is skulking through a seedy underworld looking for clues about the missing magistrate's son, then awesome! Its important to find out if your group wants story, or conflict and try to tailor fit the adventures to the group.

As the DM, this will be a view you will become accustomed to.


The DM has a very special job because they create all of the fun that the group has. Most specifically they role-play as all of the characters that the group interacts with. From the King, to the Evil Wizard to the scullery maid. Because of this role-playing interesting characters is important! (I'll do some posts about effective DM role-playing in future DM's Corners) As a DM its important to know the rules, be sure to carefully read over the rules for the game you're playing. If its your first time, explain to your group that you need their support and patience. As a general rule for a DM, if a result is very unclear but something could benefit the players, then take that course of action. Your plan for the game may be different but remember, killing all of the players off constantly may be fun for you, but its will quickly get irritating for the players.

In future posts I'll explain the basics of Campaign and Adventure creation, in addition to tips for the players as well!


28 comments:

  1. A buddy of mine is a DM and he has tons of fun doing it. It's not really my thing but he gets very creative with it.

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  2. I've actually tried playing before and if you're with the right bunch of people it's actually a LOT of fun. I tried riding off into the distance with my horse, but I forgot to untie it, so it choked and died :(

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  3. i am looking forward to your future posts!

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  4. Interesting. I've always wanted to know more about this and now I do!

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  5. I haven't ever really been interested in D&G because I always thought it would be too hard to learn. But you're making it easy!

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  6. Apollo it's not that much fun... tbh

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  7. lol awesome blog, keep the post coming

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  8. i always wondered hot to play DnD and now i will find out :D

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  9. I look forward to reading more!

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  10. Great post! Keep up the good blogging it will eventually pay off!

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  11. I never played this seems complicated...

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  12. I used to love playing this with my older brother, her never let me be DM tho :(

    following!

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  13. I can't be a DM, I'm too nice to my fellow players :<

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  14. I recently DMd a game where there was a total jerk playing, and I ended striking lightning down on him. That's how you play dm!

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  15. Are you currently the DM of any games?

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  16. Going to some Magic Tournaments, I allways saw some of those guys.. never been really interested.

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  17. Used to play D&D, should start again! Good post.

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  18. I soooo remember this. But i was too cruel at being a DM to be a good one, cause I really wated to kill the Heroes and win lol :)

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  19. coffee tiem...

    love it with a dice...

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  20. Good blog, keep the post coming

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