RPG Game Prep and Over Prep
Crit Academy is joined Michael, host of the RPG Academy. We go into details of what goings into a good Dungeons and Dragons Game Master preparation and how to avoid the pitfalls of over prepping for your stories and campaigns.
Game Prep Talking Points:
Always Outline and bullet points - not a book
Homebrew or published adventure?
Published - Read the adventure in advance if possible
Flip through the adventure. Keeping in mind the length of time you’re going to play in a game session, figure out how likely it is that your players will play each encounter. Prioritize them as: definite, maybe, or unlikely.
Homebrew - Know what the quest objectives are in advance
Document - a few likely encounters the prioritize them
Have a notecard with important NPC’s
For an encounter that focuses more on interaction, make notes about the relevant NPCs in the encounter, their motivations and goals.
Pick a quirk for each important NPC to help the character stand out in the players’ minds, focus on something that’s easy to play.
Starting location - Put important decisions near the end of a session “Where do you want to head next?” is always a great start.
Can allow you to focus more on that area - not trying to flesh out 3 areas
Try to have monster stat blocks ready in advance
Print them out if you have a scanner or D&D beyond
Alternatively can put the blocks on index cards
Roll Monster initiatives in advance
Document special skills or tactics you want to make sure you use
If you spell to have the enemies cast spells write them out in advance.
Advance rolls - Make 10 D20 rolls and record them - Then just run down the list as you need a value - saves lots of time
Over Prep: Going to very DM to DM
Accept you can’t prep for everything!
The nature of DnD means the players have a lot of freedom(unless you railroad)
This creates a challenge when prepping
They won't always take your hooks.
Investing too much time can lead to personal anger if the players bypass it altogether.
Being too meticulous
Focusing on too many small things