1. Set out expectations on the first session
This is one of the most important steps to enjoying a game of D&D. You need to delve into what your players are expecting from the game and what they are expecting from you as a dungeon master. Then, on the other hand, you need to be letting them know what you expect from them.
If you are in the middle of describing a scene, is it alright for players to chip in or does that mess with your flow as a DM? The players need to know how to enjoy themselves.
2. Decide what type of game you are going to run
Some players may thrive on rolling dice and fighting creatures, using their character to the fullest in combat. Other players may really be enjoying the social aspects of the game, chatting to NPCs or trying to persuade a wizard to stop his evil scheme!
It’s important that if there is a conflict in what players would enjoy (which is usually the case) that you can cater to each type of player. Weaving a story and allowing the players to interact with NPCs and finishing with combat is a fairly standard way of playing. What if a player loves to explore the world, or find cool trinkets, make sure to give them their opportunity as well.
3. Let each player shine
This links in with the previous one a little bit, but it could be for any type of situation. If you notice a player not participating a lot, it may just be that they find it difficult. Offer them moments to shine so that they can pounce on them or not if they actually enjoy sitting back and watching the story unfold.
This one is really important. The memories that people will tell of their games will almost always consist of themselves doing something heroic or the group doing something heroic. They also tend to mention other people doing cool things off the back of their heroic moment or leading up to. So don’t forget, let each person have their moment.
4. Add a little terrain to your game
You will be surprised how easy it is to get your players’ creative juices going if you provide them with some minor props. Even just their own miniature and a dry erase map can do wonders for the imagination. As soon as you take away the need to know distances and line of sight, their imagination takes over and they start to fill in the gaps.
One place you could get started with terrain for dungeons and dragons is to 3D print your own, or get a company to print them for you like 3D Hubs.
Epic Dungeon Tiles offers a great set of files for all Tabletop RPGs, including Dungeons and Dragons, so it’s definitely worth checking them out.
I hope you enjoyed this article and remember, D&D is about collaborative storytelling.
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