Andrew Walter @ 2019-05-03 15:30:01
Half-baked, hungover and maybe unpopular statement: I think one of the best things an absolute beginner DM can do to improve their DMing is to run the same system for a while (possibly for a series of one shots), trying to stick to RAW for the first few sessions at least. Thoughts?
Andrew Walter @ 2019-05-03 15:33:40
I hope this doesn't come across as 'Bring back National Service' because that's not what I'm getting at.
Mamading Ceesay @ 2019-05-03 15:44:37
Makes sense. DM needs enough system mastery to be able to focus on the scenario and respond more fluidly to the PCs.
Richard G @ 2019-05-03 16:22:39
agreed if that system’s Risus
Richard G @ 2019-05-03 16:24:17
...by which I mean there’s a wide variety of dming styles and priorities out there. For some styles of play, working the room is the most critical skill, for others, being a fair referee.
ktrey parker @ 2019-05-03 17:37:31
I'm inclined to agree, especially for the _absolute beginner_. More understanding how the various systems that drive a given rule-set builds that crucial confidence when it comes to making new rulings. Developing this familiarity somewhat translates to other systems too, so it's often really helpful to have a good familiarity with at least one lingua franca/Common Tongue of RPGs (this is also extremely helpful for explaining things to players who might be more familiar with other systems). Knowing existing rules well is also key to knowing when to break them in order to create something truly special (kinda like with art), so the advice to stick to RAW for a while at first makes sense to me.
Paolo Greco @ 2019-05-04 07:33:44
For me that was 9 years of 3e.
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