March 4th is Games Master Appreciation Day so show some love to those people who make your game happen.
I've been a Games Master on and off for well over 35 years and whilst it is a heck of a lot of work it is one of the most rewarding experiences in the hobby. I do it because:
- I have stories that are begging to be told. Sometimes it's a funny idea I dreamed of in the shower, sometimes it is a puzzle I want to put in front of my friends to solve. Often it's just an interesting story idea that I want my players to enjoy.
- I enjoy the collaboration. I feel that GMs who don't feed off the ideas that their players generate are missing a trick. Tabletop RPGs are a collaborative experience and that comes down to the plot and the storyline. Many times I am stunned by the creativity of my players. They will often come up with alternative ways to resolve encounters that I never imagined or they will ruminate on a possible scenario which is may more interesting than I could dream up.
- I enjoy the pressure. GMing can be hard at times, you are juggling a lot of balls most of the time whilst trying to keep your players engaged.
- I enjoy learning from my mistakes. Even after 30+ years behing the Dungeonmasters Screen I'll admit that I get it wrong. I love when my players tell me that I did a good job but even more, I look forward to them telling me when I did something that didn't make sense to them. This gives me an opportunity to try something different.
- I enjoy Seeing players laugh and smile. At the end of the day this is why we are Games Masters. It's having fun with your friends and getting them to put their ordinary lives into the background for a few hours and just have some fun.
Check out some of the other Appreciation Days I have added to my Geeks & Gamers Social Media Calendar. Have a date you think we should celebrate or a story you want to share with the community then pop a comment in the box below.