It's Friday the thirteenth of January. What does that mean? It means it is time for Reverb Gamers Post 13.
Who's the best GM/storyteller/party leader you've ever had? What made him/her so great? (Courtesy of Atlas Games. Visit us at www.atlas-games.com)
This question is a bit tricky. I have a few solid long time gaming groups that I have been in. How do I answer this question without upsetting someone? I could pick a GM, a storyteller, and a party leader and still upset all my other gaming friends. I could go the vanity route and say I am, but that's just not true(I've played with a lot of skilled Role Players in the short while that I've been gaming). Gaming groups are sometimes fragile things just waiting for egos, and interpersonal drama to crack them like eggs. I will try to talk about what makes a great GM/storyteller/party leader in non-specifics(I really don't want to upset anyone).
Ask open ended questions that invite collaboration from other players at the table. Everything is open and friendly even in the most tense moments of narrative. above all encourage and facilitate fun for everyone. Don't try to mash up three things together as one thing(limit yourself to 2 things). Genre emulation is hard only try it with a group where everyone is buying in.