Greetings and hallucinations! My name is J.P. Since I was 16, I have enjoyed creating cooperative stories with my friends (and making new friends) through the medium that is the Tabletop Roleplaying Game, and I would love to help facilitate a place for others to have new experiences. I welcome new and old hats alike! If you're at all curious (and I hope that you are, as curiosity is the foundation for all healthy social interactions) this is a reason why I am motivated to do what I do; I had an interesting conversation with a mentor of mine. Her message for me was this: "The passions you have are your direction." There are no "shoulds" to consider --- that would imply that you are afraid of judgment / expectations that may or may not exist. If you don't fulfill your passions, at least in some small part, you trap yourself. So, I am doing this! I love to learn from and alongside people. I would like to help people feel more comfortable in new social situations and learn to express themselves in fun ways, as it is the duty of a Game Master. My hope is to provide opportunities in TTRPGs for people who would like to find a safe place to have fun, new experiences, and meet new, friendly, crazy faces. Thank you, kindly, May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields.
When running TTRPGs, I like to tailor stories to the Players' respective characters and their backstories to give Players a sense of investment in their character, other participants' characters, and the world as a whole. I employ use of visuals, sound effects, and music to help scenes feel more immersive, and encourage players to describe their character's own actions and feelings where appropriate. My approach to TTRPGs leans towards thoughtful storytelling with more of a focus on roleplaying than combat, though, I do love an exciting fight and/or chase, don’t get me wrong---and, when the situation seems of sufficient import, I will do what I can to make it so by use of colourful maps, music, and sound effects in the VTT. When playing online, I prefer that all participants use a webcam --- this is because visual recognition is a vital and indispensable component of communication, and I do not feel comfortable GMing without being able to see my player's lovely faces (and without them being able to see my own). I like to place an emphasis on player character agency and backstories having a meaningful effect on the worlds they are in with over arching plots between sessions, I endorse the “rule of cool” for the sake of fun and player participation in describing their own abilities and actions (so long as my calls are respected and the rules are respected when I defer to them). I am willing to bend a rule here or there if a player can convince me, gracefully! I love to see cooperation and in-character interactions between player characters, I encourage players to take notes, I invite players to communicate with me (via Discord) in games and outside of games to communicate effectively about the game, and I enjoy humour and horror in equal measure. My specialties are horror, pulp/mystery, weird fiction, and high fantasy! Before the start of any given session, I always ask that everyone please repeat after me: “Whatever happens this session, I plan to have fun.” When the current pandemic is over, I hope to be able to meet with groups in-person!
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