April 30, 2014
Being A Player
Now, compared to being a Gamemaster, you would probably think being a player is easy. Well, sure. I will not lie and say that Gamemasters have a lot more responsibilities and expectations hoisted upon their shoulders than players do, but that does not mean that players can just expect to take it easy and let the Gamemaster do all the work.
Good players do their part. They contribute to the game in some fashion, either by hosting the game or providing snacks, rides, or other organizational benefits. Players who show up to a game on time with everything ready to go, their character sheets ready with any levels or experience all calculated, these are the sorts of players you want in your games. The more energetic and excitable your players are, the more you will find yourself – as the Gamemaster – being swept up by that energy, and that will help you through any hard parts involved with being a Gamemaster. Players will make a game, and this is why it is important – for both players and Gamemasters – to find a good group to game with. It might take some looking and more than a few false starts, but it is all worth it when you find yourself surrounded by players who actively seek to take part in your games.
Now, unfortunately, not all players are like this. Some are most of the time, but have some days where they just do not have the same energy as normal. We all have those days. It’s the players who always show up late, who are never ready, or who do not even bother learning the rules of the game they are playing, expecting the Gamemaster to guide them through every step of the game every single time. For those who have experienced several different game groups, you have seen players like this. You wonder why they even continue to show up, yet they do session after session. These sorts of players can really suck the life out of a game, especially when the Gamemaster starts to feel that none of the work they put into the game is being appreciated. Trust me, that can be very disheartening.
Players, be involved with your games. It takes more than a great Gamemaster to have a great game. It takes great players too, and I hold every confidence that – given some effort – every single player out there who has ever take up the dice has it in them to be a great player. Be energetic and excited about the game, talk to your fellow players and your Gamemaster about the game between sessions, help get others to be just as excited as you are, learn the game you are playing. Invest yourself. It is the best thing you can possibly do for your game and your group.
Gaming is a very important part of my life and the lives of many people very close to me. It is through gaming that I have met most of my friends, and they have all shown me what it means not only to be a great player, but also a great friend. This alone shows that the more you put into a game, the more you can expect to get out of it.
As always, thank you all for reading and I wish you all good gaming.
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