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Your Players Are a Bunch of Tools
Posted By Kurt "Telas" Schneider On November 1, 2011 @ 12:00 am In GMing Advice | 7 Comments
Of course, you already knew that, didn’t you?
GMs have a number of jobs to do: think about the next session(s), prepare material, engage the players, drop hints and clues, introduce conflict, convey information to the group, manage the table, answer rules and setting questions, run the game (including all the little jobs therein), take notes, write up summaries, rinse and repeat. (Your mileage may vary; not all GMing experiences are identical, etc.)
When you’ve got a job to do, the proper tool can make it much easier. Take a look around at the rest of the table, and consider them as your toolbelt.
Players can handle many of the little tasks for a GM, and help make the game that much more fun for everyone. As usual, talk to the group beforehand, make sure everyone’s on board with your ideas, and check up on the situation later to make sure it’s working as expected.
Have you used your players to help with any aspect of the game? How did it work out? Sound off in the comments and let us know!
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