Hello, there! Welcome to StartPlayingGames (SPG)! I am a fully-online-experienced Game Master. Whether it is a published module, custom adventure, or even a one-shot, I hope to create great memories and fun environments for you to play in. Thanks to SPG and players like you, I'm able to commit full attention to these games full-time! Here is a great visual example, a trailer if you will, for my DM style and expectations. https://youtu.be/U4qyRtzBpjY My favorite part of games like D&D and the other TTRPGs I run are the exciting combat situations that Characters get to shine in! I love to see and reward creative, clever, or cooperative solutions to problems, even if they are unexpected. And please don't be afraid to join on-going games. I'm happy to work with you to get you involved as soon as possible and in a natural way. Every player must fill out a system-specific Google Form for us to better understand each other - those who join after Session 0 must also meet with me for a 30 min call to catch you up on the details of the game and table. This Google Form also takes care of the majority of Session 0 details. Once you read it through and fill it out, we will just go over character details, virtual tabletop, and similar details in Session 0 or our one on one. If you invite a friend, and they join any of my games, you'll receive a $5 discount (per person joined) on all future games for 1 campaign you are already in. You can also use my referral link for you and I both to earn $10 if they do the same. We all like saving, money, right? https://startplaying.games/referral/ckowf5q1x1s9cbopkctc20e3c Group and Custom Requests are open! Let's talk about getting your group or custom request working! My pricing is per time slot, so the less players, the higher the cost, to make up for income! Not sure what to expect still? Check out what others have to say about me the reviews section, such as these and more! "𝘎𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘙𝘺𝘢𝘯. 𝘏𝘦 𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘮𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘭𝘺 𝘢𝘥𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘮𝘺 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘯 𝘰𝘯𝘨𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘤𝘢𝘮𝘱𝘢𝘪𝘨𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺 𝘪𝘴 𝘧𝘶𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨." "𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘣𝘢𝘵 𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘨𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯 𝘢 𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭𝘴 𝘴𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘴𝘧𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘶𝘵𝘴 𝘢 𝘭𝘰𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘺𝘦𝘳 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘮𝘱𝘢𝘪𝘨𝘯." "𝘙𝘺𝘢𝘯'𝘴 𝘱𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘮𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘴𝘪𝘵 𝘥𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘷𝘪𝘳𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘭 𝘵𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦."
SESSION EXPECTATIONS: A 10 minute break about halfway through each Session. Sessions will average around 3 hours. Modules are customized to better fit both Player Characters and DM styles. The core experience of the adventure will be utilized and familiar feeling, but not identical to the books. Most Sessions have at least 1 battle, occasionally 1 big combat will dominate our time. But I follow the players. If role-play and exploration is the theme for the day, we'll follow that! For Dungeons and Dragons, I bring high quality, immersive maps (non-animated) for the majority of situations and an appropriate amount for other TTRPGs that are less reliant on battlemaps. A soundboard for fun effects, music to match the mood, and a fair amount of voice acting for NPCs. For most campaigns, a minimum of 4 players is required to launch Session 0. This helps guarantee a group dynamic and longevity of the group. Additionally, 1 or 2 players on a campaign night is not enough to justify the time, effort, and resources to run a normal session, and valuable players are absent - those sessions will either be canceled or one-shots. GAME MASTER EXPERIENCE/STYLE: I run combat-heavy Campaigns! Clever ideas, creative solutions, and battle tactics are going to help you and are welcomed. Even with this in mind, I like to see Characters survive to tell the tale, but death is always possible! (Have a back-up Character!) A Google Form must be filled out first to enhance understanding between player and DM, as well as better filtering to ensure a good fit to the existing players. All online-based experience. I am comfortable with a camera, digital dice, online Character Sheets, and other online tools such as soundboard, immersive music, and tech support. My main Virtual Table Top (VTT) of choice is Above VTT for its direct link to D&D Beyond and it's simple and easy to use interface for players and quality of life tools as a DM. I do not often have animated maps, but I do often have beautiful maps regardless and a variety of tokens to keep things fresh. StartPlayingGames policy is 24 hours ahead of time to Skip a session. You will be charged if you are unable to attend within 24 hours, typically. Communicate with me on last minute situations, hard cut off at 2 hours prior to game. After the first month, if your attendance starts to drop below 75%, we will discuss your situation and may excuse you from the game until you are able to become more consistent. Beginner-friendly and Veteran-welcoming ONLINE TOOLS: ✅ Dungeons and Dragons: Above VTT for maps, tokens, and character sheets. ✅ Dungeons and Dragons: DnDBeyond for Character Sheets and dice rolling (All players and I roll digital, public dice) ✅ Discord for both the adventure-exclusive community and a larger community of all my primary players. Music and Ambience is also played through Discord through a bot that you can adjust volume of. Discord is the best way to communicate with me, once a player. Camera is optional, but recommended, I use one myself. ✅ Google Document with additional info, Character notes, and session recaps. ✅Other Games: Roll20 for maps, tokens, and character sheets.
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