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GM Brian
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1 year on StartPlaying

72 games hosted

Highly rated for: Storytelling, Teacher, Creativity

About me

I discovered Dungeons & Dragons in the 1990s when I picked up a box with a painting of a knight fighting a dragon atop a mountain on its cover, assuming it was a board game. I taught myself to run this odd game with fabulously illustrated goblins, ogres and magical treasures for a few elementary school friends. Over two decades later, I have run countless tabletop roleplaying game sessions, including a campaign that lasted for over 110 sessions completing its arc and many shorter ones. I've gained great memories and stories from running games for friends, family, and people I have met in stores and at conventions. I've run games at the kitchen table, at local stores, at conventions and online and I always enjoy it. My experiences have led me to specialize in running versions of D&D with fewer rules that make more room for imagination and player freedom, such as Old School Essentials, a remake of 1981 D&D.

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Goals 🧙‍♀️Make roleplaying games like Dungeons & Dragons easy and fun, whether it's your first game or your hundredth. 🎲For you to spend more time playing and less time preparing to play. ⛺For you to feel like you are there. 🌈For you to have adventures that reach satisfying conclusions. I try to make you feel like you are making decisions in a fictional world and that your choices are your own and of your companions. I attempt to represent characters you encounter as real people, or stranger beings, with their own lives and goals. I want the world to feel real enough, no matter how fantastic, that you understand how to interact with it without worrying about rules. I love to see players discover the freedom that is unique to roleplaying games and I emphasize player choice in the games I run. I enjoy evoking an atmosphere, making up voices, acting, and surprising players. I enjoy many styles of play from deadly action and strange exploration to rich character development and lush world building, in separate games or in the same game. My favorite moments are when players pause to take in the amazing situation they find their character in and to consider the incredible choices before them. More about my game mastering: 👣I have taught many new players to play, by not assuming any prior knowledge and pacing when I introduce rules so that players are not overwhelmed. I break down topics when I teach them. I love art🖼, music🎵, history🏰 and stories🐲 from ancient to modern times. I take inspiration from these sources and often try to evoke them through gameplay. Book me for birthdays and other parties, teaching new players or game masters, running games for kids and families or clubs, and I accept requests to run specific adventures. I’m honored to be a recipient of the 2022 Goodie Award presented by Goodman Games!

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