The next installment of Behind the Screens from Chris Dupuis is out today.
Here is an excerpt:
Behind the Screens
Last time, I talked about introducing your players to the basics of D&D and character creation. In this installment of Behind the Screens, I want to focus on getting your players into roleplaying and creating the shared storytelling experience that is so integral to Dungeons & Dragons.
Create a Safe Space
The first step to fostering a creative environment is to make sure the players know that you are all there with the same goal. Sometimes it takes a while for players to get comfortable roleplaying, even if they are among friends. With new groups, it’s an even bigger hurdle. The trick is to make it clear that the table is a safe space. Be welcoming, reach outside your normal group of friends as necessary, and make it clear that you want to facilitate an environment that is free of judgment. Remember, gaming is for everyone. If you offer your players a safe space to be themselves, they’ll understand that they are free to create and craft their characters however they want.
Teach by Example
Use your nonplayer characters to highlight how differences in character voices can color your world. Insert some personalities that players might …