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How to DM Newbies

I've got repeatedly asked: "How do you DM the newbies?" For the truth of it, I adore DMing newbies, and there's couple of advice now for those who only set himself up to this task.

General Advices

This advices are fit to any newbie games, process them in this order.

1. Estimate yourself. Could you invest 2 to 3 times more to each player, and help the character generation for free? Could you DM if your players don't want to write appealing character stories?

2. Don't spoke out observed difficulties to play magic classes: your players've played vidya already and know it. Besides, it's harder to play martial classes, if only not restrict yourself to tank role by hitpoints and aggro.

3. Don't interview newbies and don't ask them to write long stories. There's enough information with one sheet retelling world, one sheet retelling rules, and one sheet retelling homerules. All information you need to construct story you shall get to know in talks by the way.

4. Prepare your players. Hide all the time directors from the adventure. Distribute a character sheet with a pic to each of players, and silently leave a copy to yourself: you best to look the sheets from player's hands.

5. Create the anchor example. Invite an experienced player you know to your game. Disclose your plans to him and barter the joint actions.

6. Do an action premise. Start with: petty action, social haggle investing heroes, or with heritage who shoots back falling over heroes.

7. Write everything after players. You cannot write all indeed, without speech recognition, but you shall write down initiative count, marching order, and who got what magic items.

8. After game check through items—your, café and others—to be in place. If not, make list and communicate it to players.

Communicate Defaults

Remember also, that your players don't know community rules, so tell them these guidelines (if your club has different: retell them.)

1. Snacks and drinks are bought by players, consumed by DM also.

2. Players should remember their action order, and shew out short before their's. You could always act clockwise of counterclockwise.

3. Lord of Place (The legal host of your meeting place) could ask to leave any of you or even all. It's to be carried out.

4. Metagame banned. Metagame understood as using knowledge of player as character knowledge. Though you can use PHB knowledge if your character has an education.

5. You know this beforehand, but don't play for players' characters. PC could have to clear choice, but you just cannot make decision for him. If the thing is metagame: talk with player shortly—if you don't like his opinion, ask him to leave the game.

DMing the Morale-Thirsted

Some players are "Not like the all." If you repeatedly catch yourself doing something against world logic: use this tricks.

1. Base trick is "Little Bell":

There's little bell on table, players could ring anytime and tell what happened. Directive: it's in the world for ever.

2. Alternative is "X Card":

Every problem players has a playing card with St. Andrew's cross imagined. Anytime they can hand it over to DM ans DM stops the describing and instead paints other story-suitable thing in this scene.

Works worse to the Bell, because players are not invested in decision-making, and could blame bad outcome to DM.

3. Then, "I'm the King":

Players experience noble titles fall and somehow try to save them. Requires DM authority in Power studies. Attention: Technology fall doesn't work.

4. Maybe you should not play like all else, and could try erotic fantasy.

5. If available, dissolve group with players not familiar to problem ones. Do an interview, instruct to be "common sense of party," and start next play.
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