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Be a player!

Written by Expy - Published on April 8, 2008

D&D Tuesday tips for dungeon masters (DNDTTFDM) 04-08-8

Be a player

I was thinking about what makes a DM successful and how I could easily improve my skills. I figured that I could give a simple advice to all current and aspiring DMs: be a player!

No. I’m not talking about charming the ladies (or the men). Head over to Geek’s Dream Girl for that kind of advice.

All DMs have been players at some point. Besides DMing, being a player is the only and best DM training. So if you’re thinking about improving your dungeon master skills, start with the basics. If you’re not involved in a game as a player, maybe you can trick convince a friend to run a one-shot adventure!

Playing D&D is probably the most fun way to improve at DMing too.

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Expy is the mascot for DungeonMastering.com and the real mastermind behind Expy Games. He likes to hoard treasure, terrorize neighbors, burn down villages, and tell white dragon jokes..

No matter how fearful the legends claim dragons are, they always end up being defeated in 5 rounds by adventuring parties they encounter. That’s what dragons are – experience points for the heroes in your Dungeons & Dragon party. And this mascot is no different, hence the name Expy.

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3 Responses to “Be a player!”
  1. TCDM says:

    I agree completely. I also think that it’s in your best interests to be a Player with a DM who is not a Player in your campaign. Sometimes this is difficult, as it can be notoriously challenging to get together a group of players, much less two.

    However, if possible, I think you learn a lot more from a DM who is not one of your players than you do from a DM who is. Much like therapists go see a therapist who is not one of their patients.

  2. Yax says:

    Getting together with 2 groups can be really hard indeed. Maybe building hype and making each session a momentous event can make up for an irregular or infrequent schedule.

  3. Joey says:

    I agree completely with this

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