Gamer Culture

Gamemaster’s Getaway

Okay…so another thing I started doing during this pandemic (hereinafter referred to as “Nurgle’s Side Bitch,” a/k/a “Das Rona”) is a podcast with some dudes I met on a Facebook group, Dungeoncraft. (You should check out Dungeoncraft as Professor Dungeon Master is very knowledgeable and he is not some schlocky talking head like some of the other guys out there in the great unknown (read: “the Internet”)).

Gamemaster’s Getaway is, essentially, three guys (Gary, Brian, and I) just sitting around talking about gaming from a gamemaster’s perspective. We are system agnostic. This is not necessarily about D&D 5e, or Lamentations of the Flame Princess, or Star Wars, or [insert your favorite game here]. Our focus is the one commonality between these games: the people who play them, especially the gamemaster.

We are trying to keep this informal and conversational. I do not expect us to finish a topic in one night. Rather, we will be revisiting topics as our own knowledge base increases and our evolution as gamemasters continue. We are not trying to come to a consensus to “Tell you how to play [insert favorite game here].” Rather, we are just talking about what has worked for us and what hasn’t. Sometimes we agree. Sometimes we don’t. I find the more interesting conversations are the ones where we do not come to a consensus.

We will be doing some live plays of games as well. We plan on discussing games, reviewing them, and just plain having fun. I am going to do my first live play on 8/28/20. I will be posting my thoughts on it shortly thereafter. I’m running “Going Through Forbidden Otherworlds” by Zzarchov Kowolski. It is a Lamentations of the Flame Princess publication. I’m looking forward to it.

We would like to have guests as well. Not sure how that is going to work yet, but I like the idea of bringing in other people in the community. Because this isn’t about us, really. It is about the craft of being a gamemaster. Everyone should join the conversation so this wonderful hobby can grow and continue to thrive.

We are still working out the kinks on marketing and presentation, (apparently we are on Spotify) but it has been a lot of fun and I look forward to our Wednesday night recording sessions. Our Facebook page is up and I would appreciate it if you “liked” it.

Gary had the idea back in June and I responded to him on a lark. I’m glad I did. Because Gary and Brian know a lot…and I mean A LOT. Just participating in this project has made me a better gamemaster. I hope you listen to our discussions…and, if you are interested in being a gamemaster, I hope we make you a better gamemaster too.

And…by all means…if we get it wrong, let us know. Join the conversation!

“Of Dice and Men” a play by Cameron McNary

Critical Hits blog writer, Vanir, posted an interesting article concerning a play called “of Dice and Men”.  The play is about two friends wherein one enlists to go to Iraq.  It is an exposition of gamers and their relationships.   The author, Cameron McNary said of his motivation:

“I wanted to write about the kinds of gamers I knew, not the cheeto-stained, overweight, mom’s-basement-living stereotype, but the highly-functional, attractive, fun-to-be-around folks I game with.” 

In any event, this author is attempting to do the impossible and portray gamers in an honest light, as opposed to the geeky light that pop culture is so quick to use.  If you have $5 to spare, help this guy out. 

Attached is a YoutTube clip of the writer, Cameron McNary, promoting his play “Of Dice and Men”.