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Unit 7 Calendula Place, 752-778 Christchurch Rd
Bournemouth, England, BH7 6DE
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01202 309938

A board game Cafe in Bournemouth specialising in barrista grade coffee and board games.


GM School

Games Master School

Ever thought about running your own role playing game? Wondered what it takes? GM School is our attempt to share what our resident GMs have learned in their experiences as a GM and to help you get the confidence to run your own games.

Upcoming Events

Our GM School events take place in the evenings (7-11pm), between our Campaign Seasons and alongside our One Shot Adventures and Rookie One Shots, Sign up is not required, though our usual gaming fee per attendee applies. They are designed to help you hone your Games Mastering skills and help you gain the confidence you need to run a game yourself.

Sunday 15th July 2018 - Campaign Building Workshop
Sunday 26th August 2018 - Table Management
Sunday 14th October 2018 - TBC
Thursday 18th October 2018 - TBC
Sunday 6th January 2019 - TBC
Sunday 3rd March 2019 - TBC
Wednesday 22nd May 2019 - TBC
Sunday 14th July 2019 - TBC
Wednesday 17th July 2019 - TBC

Audio Files

GM School Intro

Part 1 features an introduction to our resident GMs, an overview of what a Role Playing Game is and a Games Master's role. They go on to discuss various aspects of planning to run a game including; plot, timing, dice rolls, props and resources.

Part 2 includes the discussion of table management, from lines and veils to difficult players and spotlight vs balance.

Part 3 is the Q&A from the discussion and sees our GMs wander across a number of issues including their worst moments.


It is worth noting that google is an amazing resource for a huge amount of content on any roleplaying game and this shouldn't be overlooked, but these sites have a particular focus on the hobby.

Game Materials and Rules

Dungeons & Dragons - The official webpage for D&D, largely product information and adverts, but some useful content

5th Edition Wiki - Open game licensed version of some of the core rulebooks

The Hypertext SRD - The hyperlinked d20 System Reference Document

D&D Beyond - Masses of resources for D&D much of it also useful in other game systems

D&D Quick Reference - great clickable list of actions and conditions

Drive Thru RPG - A great digital store for everything RPG related including a good selection of free resources

Dungeon Masters Guild - Similar to Drive Thru RPG, but exclusively focused on D&D in partnership with Wizards of the Coast 

RPG Sheets - A comprehensive source for RPG Sheets for most games, often with multiple variants (wierdly no D&D 5e sheet)

DnD Spells - A great resource for putting together spellbooks and spell cards

Strolen's Citadel - This link goes straight to the classic '5 Room Dungeon' article, but theres plently more to discover here

Videos and Podcasts

Critical Role - Voice actor Matthew Mercer leads a group of fellow voice actors on epic Dungeons & Dragons campaigns.

Encounter Roleplay - Mentioned during the event, a D&D twitch channel that includes breaks for the GM to discuss decisions and choices

High Rollers DnD - UK based D&D videocast

D&D Twitch Channel - Regular high quality RPG content with the occasional advert 

Dice Camera Action - Chris Perkins GMs D&D with Holly Conrad, Jared Knabenbauer, Anna Prosser Robinson, and Nathan Sharp playing

Further details of all our RPG events can be viewed on our Facebook events page or you can pop in store for more information.

Note that sign ups  for specific RPGs are only available in store and that pre-payment is required.

Unless otherwise stated all our RPG events attract our regular gaming fee per attendee.