How I Became a Dungeon Master in Dungeons & Dragons


I admit it! I love Dungeons & Dragons. I don’t care how nerdy that makes me sound. It’s the truth. My only regret is that I didn’t know about it or play it sooner.

Now, I’ve only played one campaign and one character for about a little more than half a year. That’s not long, at all. However, it hasn’t stopped me from watching and listening to D&D campaigns or from educating myself about the game.

When I made my first character with my Dungeon Master for my first-ever campaign, I remember he told me that I’d probably be good at being DM since I’m a writer.

The idea intrigued me, but I was too nervous to give it a shot. At the time, I knew nothing about the game, and all I wanted was to learn about it as a character.

My adventures with Ellywick the forest gnome wizard have been so fun and amazing. Though that campaign is still going on, I felt this desire for more.

I didn’t want to keep watching videos about D&D. I wanted to live some more adventures. Not to mention, I’ve been rewatching Stranger Things on Netflix, and all the D&D references just make me even more eager to play.

The problem is I don’t actually have many friends that are as into the fantasy genre as I am. I didn’t think I’d be able to find another party to play D&D with considering the only people I knew who would want to play were already in the same campaign as me.

However, I gave it a wild shot and asked a few friends. Funny enough, they had heard a bit about the game and were curious.

To make a long story short, I decided to run a one-shot adventure with my friends. I call it a newbie adventure with a newbie DM. The fact that we’re all new to our roles comforts me. It means we can explore the game together and have fun at the same time.

Knowing it was happening, I got so excited. I made a group chat with all the resources I could offer so my friends could do their own research if they wanted to. I designed a homebrew adventure with some help from the internet. I DIY’d my DM screen, and I bought a pack of affordable yet pretty D&D dice for my friends.

My first experience as a DM really was helping my friends create their characters. They knew nothing in the same way I knew nothing when I first started. I was now the one with all the answers to their questions, and I kind of really loved that.

Due to adulting, we don’t have our one-shot adventure scheduled until next week. It’s been in the works for about a month now, so I’m just itching for when it actually happens.

With Matt Mercer as my inspiration, I do actually plan to rehearse my story a bit. As lame as it sounds, I’m a person who works in radio. I focus on my voice a lot, so I’d like to work on getting voices and accents down for when it’s time to play. I think it’ll just make the whole experience a lot more immersive and fun.

I know I’ve still got way too much to learn about D&D, but there’s no better teacher than experience. Right now, my top prority for the game is to have fun. We can worry about the nitty gritty and the role-playing once everyone gets more comfortable.

Who knows? Maybe this will turn into a full-fledged campaign. If it does, I’m so ready for it.

Fairfarren, friends.

Fairfarren, Friends


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