My Experience With Being The Dungeon Master For The Game Dungeons And Dragons

Besides playing video games, one of my other favorite hobbies is playing “Dungeons and Dragons”. D&D is an iconic staple in geek culture, used mostly in movies and TV shows to demonstrate nerdiness. D&D is a game that anyone can play and is a great way to improve on improvisation skills, conflict resolution, creativity and skill growth. It’s also a game that rewards divergent thinking. The best part of “Dungeons and Dragons” for me is the opportunity to spend time with friends creating and building a unique story together. Fighting dragons and casting spells is just a bonus.

The past two weeks I have taken the place as DM or Dungeon Master of our group. The Dungeon Master is the narrator and referee of the game. The DM describes and explains the environment players are in, controls NPCs (non-player characters) and enemies, and directs players on their options. It is then up to the players to decide what they would like to accomplish. David Ewalt states in his book “Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It..” that:

“In any game of Dungeons & Dragons, the Dungeon Master serves as author, director, and referee. A good DM must be creative, designing a world from scratch and spinning it into narrative. But they must also possess an ordered, logical mind, capable of recalling and understanding hundreds of pages’ worth of rules.”

272rosethornMy experience being a Dungeon Master for two sessions of playing has been very exciting. I wanted to play a game that was in theme with Halloween being that week so I ran my players through a module called “Death House.” Modules in D&D are pre-made campaigns that DMs can use. “Death House” is a story of adventures finding two children in need of help to find their baby brother and destroy the monster in the basement. As adventures investigate the house they find harrowing clues about dark events that took place in this house. They also encountered many ghosts and ghouls while making their way through the adventure.

While I ran this campaign, I did make a few mistakes, but since I was the one controlling the narrative I embraced my mistakes and did my best to accommodate players without letting them know. After the sessions was over I was very tired but I was very satisfied with how it turned out. Being a DM requires constant attention and a lot of talking. Even though it has been a bit of a taxing position I want to continue telling stories and bringing creativity to the table. With time, I feel like I will improve and it will get easier as I get more comfortable with the role.

“Dungeons and Dragons” is a game I recommend everyone try to play. It seems nerdy and complicated but once you give it a chance it is tons of fun. D&D is basically a RPG video game combined with improvisation acting. And math. Lots and lots of math.giphyIf you are interested in watching a game of “Dungeons and Dragons” in motion I highly recommend checking out a YouTube/Twitch series called “Critical Role.”

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13 thoughts on “My Experience With Being The Dungeon Master For The Game Dungeons And Dragons

  1. Terminally Nerdy says:

    OH man you just started as a DM?

    It only gets better. Just wait till you start creating your own stories, adventures, and hearing your players tell you how much fun they are having in YOUR world. Its amazing! And dont be scared to try creating your own stuff either. There are hundreds of resources out there (twitter #dnd community is amazing) to help you learn.

    Welcome to the world behind the screen. It gets better if you can believe it.

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    • kelzeon says:

      Thanks so much for your encouragement! I’m excited to try creating my own stuff, but I figured I’m going to continue running Curse of Strahd until I get more comfortable to the world behind the screen! 🙂 I was planning on just running Death House as a one-shot but my players told me they wanted me to continue since they had a lot of fun and that is definitely rewarding.

      Thanks for the welcome! 😀 Excited for the future. 🙂

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  2. Darth Toothpick says:

    As a Dungeon Master myself I can say that it gets easier as you go along. I have actually spent more time being the Dungeon Master than I have a player. In fact I like to cheat and have a player character and call it an NPC so I get the best of both worlds.

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    • kelzeon says:

      LOL that’s a good idea! I’ve really enjoyed being a Dungeon Master! I’ve run four sessions at this point and each one has gotten easier for me so hopefully that trend continues~ ☺️☺️

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  3. foragerofworlds says:

    I just started as a DM, its so much fun. Im really glad to see others playing and trying there any at DM, Are you still DMing? What campaign is it based on?

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      • kelzeon says:

        It’s been a lot of fun so far! Although I’ve run into some challenges with it lol, I’ve been waiting to get further along the campaign so that I can write another blog post on how it’s been going ☺️

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      • foragerofworlds says:

        What challenges have you faced? I just started my first dm and it’s been fun but the party seems to progress too fast for my story sometimes lol

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      • kelzeon says:

        Hmm, I have a bit of the opposite problem, there is definitely a happy medium that I’m still working on myself. My party is progressing pretty slowly, but I think it’s my own fault that they are. There is a part in CoS that is basically an overload of information and my party wasn’t too interested in investigating and wanted to keep progressing to other areas. I attempted at “forcing” encounters with key people but that was a mistake. I wanted them to learn more but if they are not wanting to do that I’ve found it should be left to the players. Then it’ll be rewarding for me later when there are consequences for their actions lol hopefully that makes sense! Also, the balance between RP and fighting has been challenging for me as well.

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      • foragerofworlds says:

        I understand that all, I would say just try to keep it loose. I have my campaign and I’m also in a campaign kind of with the same problem as yours. I think it’s still enjoyable

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