January is NaNewGaMo!

What do you call someone who’s thought about GMing—who’s maybe always wanted to give it a shot—but who hasn’t quite taken the plunge?

Come February, you’re going to call that person a GM! Because this January is the second annual National New GM Month. (It’s not actually restricted to the US—but we like the acronym NaNewGaMo!)

Creating New GMs!

What, you ask, is New GM Month all about? Well, we’re reaching out to those people we just described—folks who have been thinking about GMing, but don’t quite know where to start—to give them what they need to run their first game: Inspiration, advice, and a step-by-step process that guides prospective GMs up to and through their first game, running it without a hitch and having a great time doing it.

She's a GM. You can do it too!
She’s a GM. You can do it too!

If you’re a regular reader of this site, there’s a good chance you’re already an experienced GM. But you probably know people who’ve considered GMing but haven’t quite gotten there yet. So please spread the word—you can post this article to social media with those little round buttons below. And if you’ve never stepped into the world of GMing yourself, take part! We guarantee you’ll find it engaging, interesting, and fun.

Here’s How It Works

Starting Tuesday, January 5th, we’ll run a month-long seminar in the form of twice-weekly posts here on montecookgames.com. Each session will take the novice through a step or two in the process, with a brief lesson on an aspect of GMing followed by some brief, enjoyable activities that actually get you ready to run your first game. We’ll have a forum manned by experienced GMs ready to answer questions, provide additional support, and facilitate discussion.

It’s not all academic, by any means—this is a hands-on seminar. And by the end of the month, the prospective GM won’t be “prospective” any more: She’ll have run her first full-on RPG session!

Check back in early January, and join us for NaNewGaMo!

Charles Ryan
Charles Ryan

<p>Charles M. Ryan has written or contributed to titles in nearly every class of tabletop game—board games, card games, trading card games, miniature games, and roleplaying games—over a 25-year career in the game industry. He has also served as the global brand manager for Dungeons & Dragons and headed up the marketing department at the UK’s Esdevium Games, one of the world’s largest game distributors. He is the Chief Operating Officer at Monte Cook Games.</p>