#RPGaDay 2017: Day 24 – How long does it take to learn to get the most out of a game?

Today I’ll be answering one of the alternate questions.


Today’s question asks us who is a Pay-What-You-Want publisher that should be charging more. Honestly, I tried really hard to come up with an answer for today’s question. In fact, I remembered a publisher who had released a really good Pay-What-You-Want adventure but, when I looked for it, I found out that it wasn’t Pay-What-You-Want anymore.

So I decided to answer one of the alternate questions instead. Before I give my answer, however, I’d really like you to tell me what’s your favorite Pay-What-You-Want publisher. And now, the question I’ll be answering today is:

How long does it take to learn to get the most out of a game?

I don’t think I can answer by using time. I think it’s better to use number of sessions for this answer. Until now, I believe I’ve been using fairly easy to learn systems. D&D 4th edition, D&D 5th edition, Open Legend RPG, and Star Wars RPG are all very friendly towards new players, with a learning curve that I don’t consider steep.

This has led me to believe that I need a maximum of three sessions until I’m able to get the most out of a system. Three sessions are enough for me to get used to the system and its intricacies, so that I can provide a good experience for my players.

Of course, that doesn’t mean I have learned everything I need, at that point, and there’s no room left for me to improve. I believe that every good GM should always strive to improve, no matter how many years of experience they have.

However, I believe that I may need more sessions for some more intricate systems. I’ve heard that Shadowrun has many rules, and the same goes for Warhammer 40K Roleplay. These two are systems I really want to try, but I believe it will take me a bit more than three sessions to reach the level of mastery that I want.

And that’s my answer to today’s question. How easy for you is it to get used to a new system? And also, which is your favorite Pay-What-You-Want publisher?

Tomorrow’s question is “What is the best way to thank your GM?.

So until then, have fun!

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