According to my dear Dungeon Master, Thomas, I have already made a terrible mistake as a DM.
I have shown weakness by admitting I’m nervous about my role.
However, now with three sessions under my belt, I feel like I’m starting to get a hand on the basics. I’m no Matt Mercer or Thomas (if you want me to stop praising you, stop being such an awesome bloke!) by any stretch but I am getting better with time.
I’ve even taken to reading up on the rules from my Dungeon Masters Guide when I have a few moments.
Without a doubt, my biggest weakness would be the fact I can’t do any voices. All I really know is kinda English and kinda Southern Belle. Not for lack of practice mind. I have been watching a lot of tutorials online and practicing.
I must look crazy as I sit alone repeating phrases over and over again.
As for my current campaign, so far it is going well. At least I think it is. I asked if my players had fun and thought I did alright. They said they did and told me I did fine but they are super sweet so even if I really messed up I’m sure they would have said they liked it anyway.
I am worried I rushed the character moments in the last session but I wanted the guys to have some proper combat since the session prior was mostly RP. I need to try to find the balance.
I may have been a bit too enthusiastic with the big bad fight though. 18 Koa-toa was probably too much so I nerfed it a bit during the fight. Being honest I defanged the fight quite a bit. However, it ended well and I came up with a fun idea for the finale that they seemed to like.
As I was closing the session I decided to mess with them a bit, giving a slight hint to the next threat to the party. Well, one of them. Let’s just say I’ve had a bit too much fun crafting this story that will really mess with them.
I’m super torn as on one hand I want to tell them all about the plot I’ve written and all the horrors they will face, yet I also don’t want them to know a single thing. A bit slipped out but, Burning Maggots if you are reading this, there is far darker stuff hidden behind that screen.
Side note, why did no one warn me that being a DM is bloody expensive? I felt that if I was going to be a proper DM I would need a screen, Dungeon Masters Guide and Monster Manual which in total cost me around £66. That might not sound like too much but bear in mind I am a frequently broke part-time worker, that is a lot for me!
Annoyingly, a few days after getting my Guide my DM offered me his since he got a new one. Oh well, I thought it was nice of him anyway.
Now, if you would excuse me, I have a world to finish building.