Raddu is just about to step down as Adventurers League Community Manager at Wizards of the Coast. I'm hoping this might mean he has a bit more time to come over here and talk about Dark Sun and the stuff going on on The Burnt World of Athas, but this post is a great way to go out.
The entire thing is worth a read, but two things stand out:
This is an important thing. I've seen people who are obsessed with rules bash people for getting things wrong. I know I got made to feel that you had to be an expert at D&D before you were able to be a GM back when I was playing 2nd Edition.Robert Adducci at D&D Adventurers League wrote:We need DMs to continue to grow this hobby. DM’s are usually the organizer for their groups, they’re usually the ones with the impetus to get things rolling, to get a group together and to find the location to play at. This isn’t always the case, many players are the organizer for their groups, but in general it’s the Dungeon Master. Thank you to all the Dungeon Master’s out there. Without them to organize and run the game this hobby would die. But what happens when the DM needs to step away for personal or professional reasons? Then it’s up to a player to continue to organize or to step up even more and become the DM. We’ll always need DMs and I encourage all of you players reading this to take a stab at DMing, you may like it. Personally, I find a million times more joy in DMing than I do in playing, you may too.
I think it's important to help people break through the "surface tension" if they want to learn how to become a GM. There is plenty of talk about GMs helping newbie players into the game, but I think it's probably just as important, if not more important, to have players help newbie GMs to start running games.
This actually reminds me of something I saw recently in a 5e D&D group on Facebook.Robert Adducci at D&D Adventurers League wrote:When you join these communities as a fan reach out, answer questions with thoughtful answers. Please don’t be flippant with your answers, often times a joking reply can seem sarcastic or mean and can throw off new members of these communities. Please answer with a teachers mind. Help your fellow community members to learn how to find the answers so they can answer questions for themselves and others later with confidence. Take care of each other and support each other. When needed, contact the group admins and report malicious replies, they can’t be everywhere and will appreciate the help. Remember to follow the Code of Conduct anywhere you’re discussing or participating in AL conversations, whether you’re online or in person.
We can only grow our communities by offering support to others. Communities are meant to be places that offer enjoyment and knowledge, are you offering that? Are you helping to build the place you want to be part of?
Some random guy asked for information about how planes work and got jokes about how aircraft work. And with Facebook hiding older posts, I saw more and more and more and more jokes about aircraft wings and lift and so on. I'm guessing that most of the people though they were the only person making the joke, but the long and short of it was that well over 60 percent of the topic was the same joke over and over and over again. And the original poster got fed up and locked his own topic.
I actually sent the guy a Facebook PM where I was talking about how you can get into a life in a department store and then get out on an identical shaped floor that has different stuff going on. He probably won't ever see it (as Facebook hides PMs sent to non-friends, unless you pay them) but it's the sort of thing that fans of D&D should be saying to try to help each other.
I'm glad that I mostly see people helping other people over here, in our D&D community.
I hope that some of the people who have joined The Piazza have made the jump from playing to GMing. And I hope that everyone learns enough about the settings and rules they like the most, so that they can feel like they have taught at least one other Piazza member something they didn't know before.
I know you lot have taught me a ton of stuff. Now I've just got to get myself together and start running a Spelljammer game in 2018.