When It Rains, It Pours - The Art of Delegating GM Duties
by, 09-07-2010 at 08:44 PM (509 Views)
Until recently, I had such a hard time finding players that I got used to GM'ing for only a few. Well, suddenly it exploded and I found myself GM'ing for a large group. My games have an overall large plot but I also like to drill it down to subplots to motiviate each PC. However, with a large group I couldn't give the PC's such attention. To do so and not deal with the statistical details and increase player involvement, I came up with some jobs titles to delegate the responsibilities. This also will let you roleplay more with your PC's and keep the game flowing.
If anyone likes them or can add to it, please let me know. BTW - This is my first blog, article and advice that I have submitted.
Company Clerk or Scribe: Basically, someone who keeps detailed notes on the session and post them electronically within one week of the game and sooner if possible. Separately, they email the GM a Word copy of it. This would be worth 1 xp per session per 500 words. A typical session runs 1000 words.
Quartermaster or Armorer: The person who tracks equipment including the stats of the equipment the team owns and knows what those stats mean. Inviduals will still be required to track their personal equipment but the QM can help them if they need it. This is one point per session attended since the need will fluctuate from great to nill at times. Whoever gets quartermaster can’t have the Company Clerk position.
Contact Manager: This person will track all the NPC contacts the team meets to include the person on the team that has the primary relationship with that NPC. They will detail the specialties and skills this person has, their loyalty rating, location and other pertinant information. 1 xp per contact. This position does NOT rotate.
Accountant. This will NOT be rotating. This person tracks the team’s money and the other players. It may sound like more work than it really is but this has to be done on an Excel spreadsheet . The GM should specify format, usually Excel. This is worth 1 xp per session attended.
Concierge: Thisshould be rotating. This position involves coordinating snacks and if necessary instruct folks and what to bring. The concierge will be responsible for coordinated the clean-up and ensuring the gaming area gets back to its original state. They don’t have to do all the clean-up just direct it. The position can combine with others. This will be worth 1 xp per session.
***The Contact Manager, Accountant and Quartermaster are separate and cannot be the Company Clerk do to time and attention constraints during the sessions unless no one else wants to do it that session. Also, this will keep a better balance for xp opportunities.