Okay so she’s not really a Dungeon Master, but she definitely has the appearance thereof, which can be more than enough to get your start in this fantastic hobby.
When I began DMing back in mid 2012, D&D was in it’s much loathed 4th edition. I hadn’t played a game of D&D in about 10 years at that point and was gravely out of practice. I never had owned a book, never made my own character, and most certainly didn’t even own any dice.
I started small, with a good friend of mine who had played in the earlier 3.5 games a mutual friend ran. Fun was had – dwarves were tossed (something I’m told no one does), wolf companions were mind controlled and forcibly killed, Villains were born and loathed. It was truly the golden age of the hobby for me, despite the disdain people had for 4thed.
Come early 2013, I had sought out a FLGS some 35 miles away to play games with more people. I was hooked. The organizers of the time had everything you could imagine – from miniatures they would lend out, tons of dice if you needed it, pregenerated characters, and terrain pieces. They also had a metric fuck-ton of convention exclusives which they gave away as prizes at the end of each D&D Encounters “season.”
For a time, the store switched to the Pathfinder Society. Not something I enjoyed, as I felt the game penalized simple actions far too readily (taking opportunity attacks to drink a potion was not fun to me). Not to knock the game. It just wasn’t for me.
In the tail end of that year, WOTC announced their 5th edition playtest. I garbled that shit up immediately and really seriously got into dungeonmastering. A theme that became prevalent was that the regularity of my games, either as a player, or as a dungeonmaster began to wane. Folks started missing games. Games were cancelled. And the time in between sessions was considerably greater.
I became an in-store DM for a time, running 5th edition During the lead-up to the Tyranny of Dragons storyline. I ran the starter set for a table of 10 on a night when the normal DM for a second table was missing. It was the most fun I had ever had while being a dungeonmaster. It was thoroughly badass.
These days, my home group meets once every 2 months if we’re lucky. But I am blessed to be playing with at least two players I’ve known and gamed with for 10+ years, and another who I’ve gamed with for almost as long.
So, minuscule fanbase, what’s been your experience getting into this hobby? How has it affected your relationships with people? Gotten you out of yourself? Inspired creativity in you? Let me know in the comments below.