Tips to help out a new DM/GM trying to run D&D Next Encounters Season.
July 22, 2014 10:05 AM Subscribe
Help a new Dungeon Master/Game Master run her first games with tips & tricks you wish you'd known when you first started out. Add to that the difficulty level of learning a new system, D&D Next at the same time.
posted by wwax to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (9 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Our D&D Encounters group has doubled in size over the past few months & we are now running 2 tables. Our usual second DM is busy with work & has asked to drop back to just playing for the next season so I've been asked to step up and fill in. I am super excited about it but realize I have only the vaguest idea of the best way to do this as I've only ever been a player.
I am looking for tips on organisation mainly. Most of the players are super experienced at various RPGs so tips on how to keep them interested & maybe a little surprised and not trying to out guess me and also to keep the group moving also appreciated.
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I have only been playing for a year, & will be DMing guys who have been playing for anywhere from 5 to 20 years or so. They are all very easy going & super supportive of me DMing as is the other DM and all are happy to help me with the more esoteric aspects I might not have mastered yet. But the game will be run in a store & open to the public.
I have only played 4E up until we played this last D&D next playtest encounter and we are about to start D&D Next seriously. So I get to DM a game whose full guide isn't out yet and I have no idea of the quality of the materials they will be releasing to support the Encounter. I have the PDF guide & starter set they have released already.