Because you need more to look forward to in 2021 as soon as possible, Chaosium recently resparked the annual drive for the upcoming New Gamemaster Month, scheduled to begin on January 5. The New Gamemaster Month official website has a How Can I Get Started Now? post up with all the details.
Whether you do the whole New Year’s Resolutions thing or not, many of you may still have a goal of finally sitting in the GM chair for the first time in 2021. The New Gamemaster Month program is designed specifically for those people, by giving you “what you need to run your first game: Inspiration, advice, and a step-by-step process that guides prospective GMs up to and through their first game.”
January is filled with twice-weekly seminar posts that feature one or two steps in the becoming a GM process, including “a brief lesson on an aspect of GMing followed by some quick, enjoyable activities that actually get you ready to run your first game.” The goal is, by the end of the program in early February, that you will have GM’d your first tabletop roleplaying game session, and had fun while doing it.
However, with maybe another year left in 2020, and the ongoing quarantine to stay clear of the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s no reason why you can’t start getting ready for New Gamemaster Month now. Here’s what you need to do:
- “Choose the game you’d like to run.” The New Gamemaster Month website has a list of TTRPG publishers that are participating in the 2021 program, and you can pick any of those as your future first inaugural GM event. When you register for the next New Gamemaster Month, you’ll receive step-by-step GM instructions for that game.
- “Join the New Gamemaster Month Facebook group.” Here you’ll get in touch with previous program attendees, other future GMs, and experienced GMs there to assist you during the month.
- “Put January 5th on your calendar, so you’ll remember to return for the first session.” And subscribe to the New Gamemaster Month website by typing your email into the Subscribe window to have program updates emailed directly to you.
- Click on the tabs at the bottom of the announcement article (Numenera, Unknown Armies, Trail of Cthulhu, RuneQuest, Monster of the Week, Delta Green) to see links to website pages “with specific instructions for preparing to run that game.”
- “Tell your friends!” Share the word about New Gamemaster Month on all the socials.
You can also plug into the New Gamemaster Month Twitter channel.
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