If you love playing Dungeons & Dragons, Starfinder, and other tabletop roleplaying games, you are going to want to help keep your game master sane and happy. After all, they are doing all of the behind the scenes work to help make the game as fun as possible. While I’ve been quite lucky with the players that I’ve had (at least over the past year or so), not all GMs are quite so fortunate. So, players out there, if you want to make sure your GM is happy, there are a few things that you can do.
Perhaps you are creating a full campaign in a horror setting, such as Ravenloft, Call of Cthulhu, or Shadow of the Demon Lord, or maybe you are just getting a one-shot ready to give your players something new to experience that’s outside of the normal sci-fi and fantasy genre. Horror in tabletop RPGs has a lot of potential… however, it doesn’t often go as planned, and the fear doesn’t really get under your player’s skin. There are some things you can do to change this.
The tavern is brightly lit and filled with patrons, eagerly drinking from their tankards. The dwarf at the bar is serving drinks left and right, not breaking a sweat. As the crowd begins to simmer, the door is slammed open. People shout as they are being set upon by two bloody figures…
The role of the Dungeon Master or Game Master can be difficult due to the sheer number of things you need to remember. Even those who have been DMing for years are going to forget things from time to time – it happens. I’ve found that having at least one of the players at the table help with certain aspects of running the game can be very freeing for your mind as a DM. Here are a couple of ways your players might be able to give you a hand.