Professional Game MasterMatt the Bardhe/him
I have always said that Dungeons & Dragons is the best game ever invented, and I have yet to change my mind! I believe D&D is a game that uses more distinct skill sets than any other hobby, past-time, or group entertainment. I have seen it create lasting social bonds, teach various essential life skills, and engender unique experiences that bring a lot of happiness to a lot of people. I am the type of DM... - Who loves the immersion that great storytelling can create within a group. - Who truly enjoys the unexpected outcomes of interesting and varied roleplaying opportunities, with heroes and foes who come alive before your eyes. - Who uses his artistic, musical, and entertainment industry experience to enrich the story and performance of every game. - Who enjoys creating original content for my games. - Who knows the rules - but is not afraid to bend them when it makes our story better. - Who really sinks their fangs into the strategy of combat scenarios. And... - Who loves weaving a story around the personal interests, backgrounds, and boundless creativity of the characters. I started playing with the 1983 "Red Box" basic set that was given to me as a gift, and have enjoyed a ridiculous number of hours immersed in the game ever since. I have been a player and DM for decades; doing voices, building worlds from scratch, crafting maps, theory-crafting heroes and villains, constructing unique encounters, providing bespoke artwork, and writing myths, mystery, and legend into lore. I love it all. I am also a game designer, and am intrigued by game philosophy, which I think gives me an advantage when I need to create new game mechanics on-the-fly, or when home-brewing up something fun is in order. So, hoist the sails, strap on your armor, stow the potions, and polish your swords! Let's spin a yarn together - and see what epic high jinx lie ahead!
My go to DMing style is about 50% improvisation, 50% scripted - but I alter my approach to best fit the needs of the group and the type of game they have chosen to challenge themselves with. - Love Role-play? Check. - Big on Story? Check. - Voices? Check. (Not all of them good, mind you.) - Crunchy Tactical Combat? Check. - Music and Sound Effects? Likely. I am best suited to groups who have at least a modicum of experience at the outset and have access to the D&D 5e Player's Handbook. However, I love guiding new players to the game. I'm happy to book a session with those folks who (alone, or with their friends) want to go over the basics or even have a session of character creation). My years of experience are at your disposal. *Important note: I strive to maintain mutual respect at our virtual table and won't tolerate anything that detracts from our collective enjoyment and entertainment. It is important to create a comfortable space together where each player has a safe and thoroughly pleasurable experience. All are welcome! (If you have questions not addressed here, please feel free to contact me directly.)
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