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October 18, 2011 2:05 PM Subscribe
How to best run a table top RPG with two people alternating between being the game master and playing a character?
posted by cirrostratus to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Alright, so I've got this table-top RPG that I've been slowly building the rules and setting for over the last couple of years. I've ran it a few times and things work out pretty well. Now, I've got a friend who wants to try his hand and GMing for the first time and wants to give running my game a shot.
We've been talking about this and it sounds like a really fun idea to somehow tag team running the game. It would give me a chance to play the game for a change and give him a chance to start GMing with a little hand holding from someone who knows the rules (I should know them pretty well, I did write them after all). We're thinking we'd either trade off GMing duties after each major story arc or I'd start the game and then hand over the reigns of it to him after a couple sessions.
The question here is how can we pull off a game with two game-masters and still have a cohesive story? Have any of you done something like this before? What are the basic logistics of making it work.
Ideally we'd like to make good use of what we're interested in, I want to do world building and he wants to do story writing/telling. If I'm designing the setting and including some stuff about how all the main secrets work and all the potential supernatural mindfucks that might come up how can we keep my out-of-character knowledge about what could be just around the next plot twist from ruining things (or does that not really matter and I can just roleplay my character's ignorance and try not to ruin things for the other players)?
(If it matters the game is a near future sci-fi sort of thing in which, for the most part, all of the potential sci-fi/mysterious/supernatural/superpower things are unknown to the average person and the players when they start out. It's not that dissimilar from White Wolf games (but without all the grimdark and vampire werewolves) in setting and system.)