If they are used properly, storyteller’s screens are a valuable tool in running and managing your game. Used improperly, these paper walls can be an imposing barrier between the players and the storyteller, a physical manifestation of the subconscious castle that inexperienced (or just plain bad) game masters take shelter behind to avoid player conflict. By reducing the height of this castle wall and placing it strategically on the table we can transform it from a castle wall to a stage curtain that empowers the game master in productive ways.
Nearly as important as what you play is where you play. As the gaming community has matured, it has left behind the days of attracting players to mom’s basement or the picnic table at the park. Instead, the modern player wants to be comfortable and have all the amenities of home, like power outlets for their electronics, snacks and comfortable furnature. It seems like every day technology is holding a stronger presence on the game table, making these comforts of home even more important. So what should game masters consider when they’re choosing a space to host their game?
Nothing is more frustrating than waiting for a disorganized player to find their dice or figure out a skill roll.
Arriving at a game session with the necessary equipment is important, but being prepared to actually use it is equally important. As with most other aspects of life, organization is the key to a smooth gaming experience. So let’s take a quick moment to go over some things that you can do, as a player, to be more organized at the game table.