Mondays Muse, Run What You Love.
Today I am going to talk a little bit about one of the hardest things to do as a Game Master. Run what you love, I know it sounds easy. Yet ask a handful of GM’s and you will likely find that many of them are not running games they love. Often they are running games the group wants to play not what they themselves want to run. It’s an easy trap to fall into with more than a few ways to fall into it.
Most often we are just running the games that the group wants to play and someone needs to be the Game Master, Welcome to the trap.
The group has decided to run a game system that everyone knows rather than one that you as the GM know best. Welcome to the trap.
You are going to have to learn how to run the system some time this is your chance, Welcome to the trap.
The list goes on.
Granted there is a case to be made that there is nothing wrong with any of this. But in reality, if you want to be a game master for years to come head my advice and run the things that you love.
Everyone that runs games has enough to do with juggling game prep, manning the helm during the game and coordinating everything else in between. Why heap on the added weight of motivating yourself to even get into the mindset to run something that you are not enjoying. Because let me tell you if you struggle to find the motivation to run the game for your players. Everything else becomes exponentially more difficult.
So I wrap up my short little muse tonight stressing that if you or your group want you to try your hand at running games or tag you to run a game, Wonderful! Jump at the chance, embrace it and take it on with all that you are because it is one of the most rewarding parts of playing games you can do.
JUST RUN WHAT YOU LOVE and have faith that if you love it, your players will too!
Until next time.