January Is New Gamemaster Month!

Join Us in January and You’ll Be a GM by February!

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 fifth annual New Gamemaster Month!

Creating New GMs!

What, you ask, is New Gamemaster 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, so they can run it without a hitch and have a great time doing it.

And it’s not just us. This year we’re partnering with three other great RPG publishers—Chaosium, Atlas Games, and Pelgrane Press. So we’ll have a step-by-step program not just for Numenera, but also for RuneQuest, Trail of Cthulhu, and Unknown Armies as well. You can find out more about these partners, their games, and the program at the New Gamemaster Month website.

She’s 11. If she can do it, you can do it too!

Here’s How It Works

Starting Tuesday, January 8th, we’ll run a month-long seminar in the form of twice-weekly posts on www.newgamemastermonth.com. Each session will take you through a step or two in the process, with a concise lesson on an aspect of GMing followed by some brief, enjoyable activities that actually get you ready to run your first game. And we have experienced GMs ready to answer questions, provide additional support, and facilitate discussion at the New Gamemaster Month Facebook group.

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

But I’m Already a GM!

Cypher System fans can find additional support and recruit players on the Cypher Unlimited Discord.

If you’re a regular visitor to the MCG website, 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 to the right of this article. We’d also love your participation in the New Gamemaster Month Facebook group, where, as a veteran GM, you can offer advice and encouragement. And follow @newgmmonth and #NewGmMonth on Twitter to keep up with the program!

And if you’ve never stepped into the world of GMing yourself, take part! We guarantee you’ll find it engaging, interesting, and fun. Head over to the New Gamemaster Month website now and check it out, then come back in January and join us for New Gamemaster Month!

Charles Ryan
Charles Ryan

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.