the great gm

anonymous asked:

A bunch of my friends and I have decided to play DnD. None of us have ever played nor do we know anyone nearby who's played. We've just done a lot of research. I'm going to be DMing. Any tips?

Hey, that’s awesome! I hope you all have a great time! And that’s my first suggestion. Your first session (or two or three) are going to be a bit clunky. You’re all learning the rules, they’re figuring out characters, you’re figuring out how to run the table. It’s gonna be awkward at times as you work it out. But don’t let that discourage you. As long as people are enjoying it- and that includes you- you ran a kick-ass session. So make that your goal.

Since you are learning the rules, I’m going to tell you the biggest one. Or, well, Captain Barbossa is:

You’ve got a couple of books of rules in front of you to tell you how the mechanics of the game work. Which is great. But also a little daunting. Read over stuff a couple of times, get a handle on things, but if you forget a rule in the heat of things? If you can find it pretty easily, great. If not, make a ruling, and stick with it consistently through the rest of the session. You can always do rules research between games, and it’s better to just make the call and keep the game going instead of dragging things to a stop to look something up.

Don’t get too locked in to a plot. Directing players is like… Well, herding cats would be easier sometimes. And it’s frustrating for them to feel railroaded. Set up your plot points, but let them figure out how they’ll traipse from one to the next.

A great tool of being GM- the luck roll. If a player has some weird request, like “Is there a (insert weird item) in the room?”, the sort of thing the rules don’t cover? Give it a luck roll. You roll a d20, the player rolls a d20, and if they roll higher, hey, good news! They’ve got it! (I mean, within reason. They usually can’t Luck Roll your way to getting your hands on Excalibur or something. Unless you decide they can! It’s your game, anon, you make the call.)
Because I know amazing GMs who will stumble and lock up when you do something like ask “So, what’s the name of that tavern?” This site can be your best friend.

If you’re feeling like you need a breather, the storyline is a mess and you don’t know where to go next? Don’t be afraid to tell your players, hey, ten minute break, go get some snacks while I work out this next bit.

Talk to your players a little bit after the session, find out what they enjoyed. Are they there for the combat? For cool story bits? To be all dashing and sneaky? This is useful, because it lets you know what kind of things they’re going to enjoy when you’re planning for next session. Think about an opportunity for every character to shine, because people like those moments.

I’m really certain that was kind of disjointed, and there are a lot of things I’m missing. But, most of all, have fun. Because if you aren’t enjoying it, there’s no point in being there.

Who else has tips?

I work at mikes farts and crafts as a cashier. I proceed to ask if the customer was a rewards member when I got rudely interrupted before I even said a single word. “No I don’t have email or rewards or any of that. See don’t I make things easy for you?”
“Oh and I have military ID”
My GM literally asked me if I’ve gotten lots of people to sign up for rewards, I told him I’m trying. They track that shit. So no you’re not helping. Thanks for the arrogance.

Girl Meets Audrey Hepburn

I think everyone’s pretty aware of the obvious Maya in GM Money dressed as Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s (they even included a cat!).

And that’s pretty interesting when you consider additional parallels like the song that Audrey sings in the movie, Moon River (link), includes the lyric “my huckleberry friend”. Plus, the guitar Holly plays looks awfully similar (albeit slightly smaller) to May’s guitar that Maya receives.

And at first I thought the Audrey Hepburn parallel was interesting but didn’t think much of it….until I looked closer at the other Audrey Hepburn parallel.

The other time they have a character channel Audrey Hepburn is in GM 1961, with Riley’s great-grandmother Rosie dressed up as Jo, Audrey’s character in Funny Face.

Since I’ve been stuck in a blizzard and haven’t seen the movie since I was kid with my grandparents, I decided to rewatch it. And holy moly, if I wasn’t convinced about the writers being intentional with the Hepburn parallels before, I certainly am now.  More after the cut since idk how long this will end up being.

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Ya’ll have to have an amazing week!!

Good morning.

Quick checkin!!! I’m so sorry I was so dead lately here, all I write about is of how miserable I am (actually it’s ok, it’s all what this blog is about!!), everything will change soon, soon like tomorrow, or in two days, or in two years, can’t be more specific.

My weekends were great!! What about yours (please tell me please tell me I’m very lonely talk to me please tell me)? I wished myself good weekends and they actually were good, so I hope as I wished good ones for you too you had great two days too too too!!

Great, nice, thank you, oh, and good upcoming week too then, it may be that my posts are magical and when I wish everyone (and myself) great something it actually becomes great (in other words – I’m good with convincing myself with stuff that are wrong!!).

Great Monday great Tuesday great Wednesday fuck you Thursday you can’t be great even if you actually did tried great Friday!!

Looking forward for good great wow amazing thank you,

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I would like to point out something, in particular, about the sentiment in this scene that might make you appreciate it, even more...

A video posted by @riarklematthews on Sep 16, 2016 at 1:32am PDT

^^Video cred to @riarklematthews, on Instagram. 🎥 ❤️

Okay - so I just watched this scene, once again, but this time, on Disney Channel via my TV set. Fortunately, I got much clearer picture and sound quality than when I watched clips on Instagram, Tumblr, or Youtube.

Before watching GM GLONY on TV, it was really hard to tell if Farkle was actually crying, though we knew he was through the info given out by people who went to the taping. He is, in fact, holding back tears.

First of all, let me just say that I am absolutely thrilled that Disney found a way to cover the Holocaust. This was a very serious time in world history and Corey did such an amazing job as Farkle, conveying the shock, sadness, and grief that one would experience when learning something as tragic as your ancestors being wiped out by Nazis. I hope this episode inspired its viewers to not only read up about their own history, but also about the Holocaust and, in Zay’s family’s case, slavery.

Of course, in response to this new information that Farkle learned about his family, Riley comforted him with a hug - but I want to break down this scene for you because, as some of you may know, I study Psychology at the graduate level and I work as a counselor, currently. Part of being a counselor is being very observant of body language and interpreting it.

In the case of this scene, I’d like you to notice Farkle’s emotional expression when he says the line, “…My whole family…”

Farkle is choked up. He could not even finish the last syllable of the word “Family”. He is trying to keep it together as he is certainly not comfortable being emotional around his friends, as evidenced by the fact that he avoided the subject for half of the episode. However, if you look closely, you can see tears forming in his eyes.

As soon as he gets himself together, after voicing his mutual sympathy to Zay, he goes on to talk about the Christian Rescuers saving his great-grandfather. This was the first moment, after becoming emotional, that he turns his head to Riley…

Originally posted by riarkleilove

It took Riley literally two seconds to realize that Farkle could really use a hug.

What’s interesting about this is that she did not hug Farkle until he looked her way.

Why is this interesting, you ask?

Because the moment he looked her way, they made eye contact.

Farkle still had tears in his eyes, Riley saw them, and her immediate response was to comfort him with a hug.

It was exactly what he needed.

This may seem like something pretty small, but as someone who studied human behavior and emotions, this is huge.

It means Riley loves Farkle so much, she does not like to see him cry.

This love could be labeled as platonic, right now, but it is the selfless kind of love where you are in-tune with another person’s emotions and what they need to feel better that could potentially blossom into a beautiful, romantic relationship, down the line.

Because of this small, but significant observation, this scene speaks to me in a much sweeter way, than before. ❤️️♠️

anonymous asked:

Hey, that Eggs comment oddly enough was said on Critical Role last night. I say oddly because I know you have a huge backlog so it seems unlikely that someone was plagiarizing them when they'd have to submit it weeks ago for it to be showing up today. Whoever submitted it (assuming you're not a time traveling thief) tell your GM that great minds think alike!

It was probably in all likeliness from Critical Role, I’ve been pretty busy with offline stuff so the queue only gets filled out a day or two at a time as of right now (if I remember to queue anything at all). People send in quotes from podcast, comic books, etc a lot and if I personally don’t recognize there’s not much I can do other than acknowledge it after the fact. I don’t make any money off of this so its not a big deal, but if Mr. Mercer does object he’ll have to come find me in my dungeon.