Welcome to #RPGaDAY2022! Now in its ninth year, #RPGaDAY was originally created by RPG author and games designer David Chapman (Conspiracy X, Doctor Who, etc) as a bit of fun and to get people talking about tabletop roleplaying games. August was chosen, I believe, to coincide with tabletop roleplaying’s gaming mecca that is Gen Con – which usually takes place in the States (Inidanapolis these days) every August.
#RPGaDAY is open to everyone so if you want to join in just check out the prompts below to inspire a blog, vlog, or social media post to celebrate everything great about our hobby with the tag #RPGaDAY2022
Day 10 : When did/will you start Gamemastering?
I think I ran my first game in the States, so it would have been late 1984. I know I was GM’ing back in the UK in 1985 onwards and have been both sides of the GM Screen from then on.
Initially it was mainly AD&D but I soon ended up running some multi-year campaigns of Marvel Super Heroes (Advanced Set by TSR), some Paranoia, and various one-or-two session games during the mid-80’s. As the 80’s rolled on, and moved in to the 90’s I was running games that my friends and I had created ourselves as well as a host of other games that were being released at the time. We were RPG addicts, so if a new game came out one of the group usually picked it up and gave it a go. As such I played, and also ran, some really weird shit over the years.
Some of the more obscure games had fantastic settings (such as Tales of Gargentihr) and some had rules which broke and could have had some more playtesting (such as Reich Star). We generally had fun with all of them, one way or another.