There are so many ways to thank your GM.
GMing requires a ton of time. A player will come and have an awesome session for a few hours. However, a GM spends a lot of time before the session even begins.
Even if you are using a published adventure, there are quite a few things to prepare. You have to read it so you understand what’s going to happen, prepare monsters and NPCs, refresh some uncommon rules that may come up. When you are using a homebrew world, you have even more things to do.
Today’s question asks us how players can thank their GM. There are a lot of things you can do so I’m going to mention some of them.
Be on time
Time is money. Many groups have a very limited amount of time to play. When someone is running late, it possibly puts pressure to the GM because they may be thinking they won’t have enough time for the session. Also, not being on time many times in a row, and with no real excuse, is just rude and shows your lack of respect for your fellow players and GM. Be on time.
Don’t forget your “homework”
Homework can mean anything from leveling up your character to writing a session report. If you don’t know how to level up your character, you can talk to one of your fellow players or even your GM. This way you’re showing you are interested in the game. You don’t have to wait until the next session because it’s just going to reduce the game time.
Don’t forget to bring your stuff
If the GM can remember to bring, books, notes, maps, miniatures, playmats, extra dice, extra pencils, and whatever else they need to bring, then I’m sure you can bring what you need as well. You can make a list so you don’t forget what you need to bring. A quick list is:
- Character sheet
- A notebook for extra notes(or whatever you use)
- The rulebook (if you have one)
- Your character’s miniature (if you’re using one)
Help in organizing
The GM doesn’t have to be responsible for everything. You can do a lot of small things that can greatly help the GM. You can host the game, if possible, for example. Other things are offering to inform the rest of the players about when and where is the next session. You can also bring snacks. Or even better, you can have each player bring some kind of snack to the table.
Run a game
Some GMs may not play as much as they want. If you are capable of running a game(no matter how simple the session may be), you should let your GM take a break and be a player once in a while. I love GMing and I prefer it over being a player, but sometimes I feel the need to play in a session instead of running one.
Say thank you
This is actually the simplest thing you can do, but most don’t even think about it. Saying that you enjoyed the session means a lot to a GM. It tells them all their effort wasn’t in vain. Even if you didn’t enjoy the session, you could offer feedback and tell the GM what you liked and what you didn’t. That’s equally important because they will be able to adapt to your likings.
That’s suggestion, in case you and the rest of the players are willing to spend money in order to thank your GM. The GM is probably the one who spends the most for this hobby. There is a ton of things they may buy, from the books and dice, to miniatures, terrain, and game mats. You don’t have to do this regularly, but if you bought a book for your GM that could mean the world to them. It doesn’t have to be a book. Just find out what they could use for their sessions and communicate with the rest of the players in order to buy it for them.
And that’s my answer to today’s question. My question for you, however, is what was the last thing you did to thank your GM?
Tomorrow’s question is “Which RPG provides the most useful resources?”.
So until then, have fun!
5 thoughts on “#RPGaDay 2017: Day 25 – What is the best way to thank your GM?”
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I cannot say enough good things about this Day 25 article. Read it and than go thank your DM/GM. The last player that thanked me was one I mentored as DM/GM. She has her own group now and told how much she appreciated all the extra work she now realizes goes into running a great session. You want to really thank your DM/GM…… bring them cookies!!
Great article. You see a lot of advice for how DMs can up their game, I’ve doled some of it out, but it’s rare to see talking directly to the players about how they can affect the game outside of their characters. I’m lucky enough to have considerate, wonderful people as my group, but you do hear some horror stories that probably could have been avoided if the players had read your article first.
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Thank you. RPGaDay provides great questions each year, and this one was one of my favorites.
I’ve ran across horror stories as well, but I believe (and hope) that these are exceptions. Players appreciate their GMs and it’s very easy to show them that. As you saw my post, most things are very simple and cost zero money or effort.
Exactly. Although the horror stories can be amusing. There’s a subreddit for worst DMs/Players, its totally worth a read. It does however make me glad that none of my players are allowed to own a handgun lol
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Yes, I’ve read quite a few of them and I think I know which one you are referring to. I really hope some of them are fiction. Otherwise, there are some very bad people in our hobby.