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Playing the Role


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Playing the Role

Marc Kenobi

Once we started organising role playing games at the cafe it was inevitable that players would start asking how to run a game. Game Master School is our attempt to help you do just that.

Role Playing has been with me since I was a child. When I first opened The Warlock of Firetop Mountain and found a type of story that wasn't fixed and complete, but evolved based on the decisions I made, I was excited. I devoured every choose your own adventure book I could find and it wasn't long before I stumbled across the Advanced Fighting Fantasy RPG. Reading that for the first time I discovered it was possible to tell stories born not just out of my own decisions, but shared with a group of friends and from then I was hooked.

Since then I've played and run dozens of different systems from the heaviest traditional games like Dungeons & Dragons, Call of Cthulhu, Runequest and Champions to Indie classics such as Fate, Lasers & Feelings, Dread & Dead of Night. Added to that are all the marvellous one shot systems like Family Affair, Penny for my Thoughts, Cthulhu Dark and Lady Blackbird as well as the various home brewed systems.

Over the years I've managed to learn a few things and met some amazing GMs with different viewpoints, experiences and styles, some of who are close friends that I've managed to convince to help me. We're looking to share our experiences, hopefully helping new Games Masters avoid the countless errors we've made, get to some of the good moments we've had and generally enjoy and be enthused to run games in the future.

With that in mind we set up an event on Sunday 24th June, calling it Games Master School where we'd attempt to share some of our thoughts and experiences. Luckily we had a great crowd who were willing to listen to us and asked some great questions. The audio from the event as well as a bunch of resources can be found on our GM School page in case you weren't able to attend.

Following on from this we're running some Rookie One Shots for new GMs to try out their skills. The slots for GMs are all signed up now (but do let us know if you're interested in running one in the future) and these are the games on offer:

Dread in the Dark Forest
Wednesday 4th July
Jon Cockeram
D&D 5th Edition

The Wild Sheep Chase
Sunday 8th July
Jason Hickson
D&D 5th Edition

The Quest for Osmodios
Wednesday 11th July
Simon Merrifield
D&D 5th Edition

The Haunting
Wednesday 11th July
Nicolas Bentayou
Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition

So if you're a kind and generous player who will encourage them, please sign up in store. 

Finally we're adding another date for GM School. On the 15th July we'll be running a Campaign Building Workshop from 7pm to 11pm. Attendance will cost £4 per person.

This is designed for Games Masters who want to run a campaign and would like some support setting this up. We'll take you through developing the overall story as well as creating the initial adventure, plot hooks and tying adventures together. We will have D&D materials on hand but if you're planning to use another system that should be no problem, please just let us know in advance and bring the core rule books for reference.

M Kenobi