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29 minutes ago, OneBoot said:

I have to say, being the sole individual suddenly responsible for the welfare and happiness of two tiny humans, neither of whom can be reasoned with, is rather more terrifying and thoroughly exhausting than I was expecting. Either one of them is fine by themselves, but together it's...well, hard. I'd expected sleep to provide some nice respite, but I keep jolting awake in a cold sweat thinking I heard one of them start crying, and the night is yet young. 

 

I'm so very glad I can help out, don't get me wrong, and I love being AuntieBoot! It's just that 11 years of peaceful semi-solitary existence has poorly prepared me, mentally and physically, to be a babysitter for this long, and I don't think my sister quite understands that. :unsure:

 

(Note: I'm whining here to get it out of my system somewhere neutral, since I'm certainly not going to say anything to my sister or her husband)

 

Huzzah! 

--OneBoot :D 

 

When you hear crying or noise, that's the easy part, then you know something is up.

 

Beware of sudden silence.

Silence is suspicious, go check regurlarly.

 

 

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WOOF has succesfully infiltrated Ireland.

We all know who's the true power there !

 

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55 minutes ago, Glitterwolf said:

 

When you hear crying or noise, that's the easy part, then you know something is up.

 

Beware of sudden silence.

Silence is suspicious, go check regularly.

 

 

QFT!

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GF called, Brutus walking has improved, she called the Vet, he should be fine in a week, no appointment needed at this point.

 

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So excited to be running a game of D&D for the first time, in a few weeks. Will use the starter set adventure. It is a bit of a terrifying and probably poorly advised prospect to GM for the first time I play but I hope it goes well!!

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2 hours ago, OneBoot said:

I have to say, being the sole individual suddenly responsible for the welfare and happiness of two tiny humans, neither of whom can be reasoned with, is rather more terrifying and thoroughly exhausting than I was expecting. Either one of them is fine by themselves, but together it's...well, hard. I'd expected sleep to provide some nice respite, but I keep jolting awake in a cold sweat thinking I heard one of them start crying, and the night is yet young. 

 

I'm so very glad I can help out, don't get me wrong, and I love being AuntieBoot! It's just that 11 years of peaceful semi-solitary existence has poorly prepared me, mentally and physically, to be a babysitter for this long, and I don't think my sister quite understands that. :unsure:

 

(Note: I'm whining here to get it out of my system somewhere neutral, since I'm certainly not going to say anything to my sister or her husband)

 

Huzzah! 

--OneBoot :D 

 

You have some right to whine.  Dealing with little kids unprepared is tiring thankless work and without parenting instincts to drive it can drive you to distraction.  Due to moves and other issues my wife and I raised our 2 without support.  Our first vacation of more than 24 hours alone was when the eldest was 9 and the next was when the eldest was an adult.  What you are doing is wonderful.  But it's also important to know your limits and know the kids limits.  Young children have limited capacity to hurt themselves, especially if you make the area safe for them.  I have found that if a child gets into a situation that can actually scare or hurt them the noise is unmistakable.  You will not sleep through it

 

10 minutes ago, Lord_Ashenwyte said:

So excited to be running a game of D&D for the first time, in a few weeks. Will use the starter set adventure. It is a bit of a terrifying and probably poorly advised prospect to GM for the first time I play but I hope it goes well!!

 

Someone in the group has to do it!  You go and provide the world for your group yo play in and don't be afraid to ask any of us for help or suggestions.  One's a the first DM in my group when I was 12  and they began to explore the keep on the borderlands and the caves of chaos.  We had read about DnD but there was No one to teach us and we wanted to play.

 

I'm not perfect but keep 2 rules in mind. Keep it consistent and keep it fun.  If a rule doesn't work for your group, change it but remember to keep the change.

 

Carry on and have fun!

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3 hours ago, OneBoot said:

I have to say, being the sole individual suddenly responsible for the welfare and happiness of two tiny humans, neither of whom can be reasoned with, is rather more terrifying and thoroughly exhausting than I was expecting. Either one of them is fine by themselves, but together it's...well, hard. I'd expected sleep to provide some nice respite, but I keep jolting awake in a cold sweat thinking I heard one of them start crying, and the night is yet young. 

 

I'm so very glad I can help out, don't get me wrong, and I love being AuntieBoot! It's just that 11 years of peaceful semi-solitary existence has poorly prepared me, mentally and physically, to be a babysitter for this long, and I don't think my sister quite understands that. :unsure:

 

(Note: I'm whining here to get it out of my system somewhere neutral, since I'm certainly not going to say anything to my sister or her husband)

 

Huzzah! 

--OneBoot :D 

I guess you and MrBoot are looking after Kid1 and Kid2 while their parents are otherwise occupied?

 

Did you say they’re about to have #3 ?

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54 minutes ago, Kangaroorex said:

 

Someone in the group has to do it!  You go and provide the world for your group yo play in and don't be afraid to ask any of us for help or suggestions.  One's a the first DM in my group when I was 12  and they began to explore the keep on the borderlands and the caves of chaos.  We had read about DnD but there was No one to teach us and we wanted to play.

 

I'm not perfect but keep 2 rules in mind. Keep it consistent and keep it fun.  If a rule doesn't work for your group, change it but remember to keep the change.

 

Carry on and have fun!

 

Thank you for the advice! I'll definitely try to do both. I also have to introduce to people what DnD is, which is something I'm looking forward to. Doing it for a school project for a short session each week for four weeks, and I hope if the players have enough fun we can continue! Getting into DnD is pretty easy these days too with stuff like DnD Beyond making it easier to keep track of things. 

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1 hour ago, Lord_Ashenwyte said:

So excited to be running a game of D&D for the first time, in a few weeks. Will use the starter set adventure. It is a bit of a terrifying and probably poorly advised prospect to GM for the first time I play but I hope it goes well!!

Just remember that back in the olden times that the majority of people learning play were in the same boat.  Us grognards survived and the game thrived.  So will you!

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18 minutes ago, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

Just remember that back in the olden times that the majority of people learning play were in the same boat.  Us grognards survived and the game thrived.  So will you!

 

Thanks!! Encouraging to hear :). 

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2 hours ago, Lord_Ashenwyte said:

So excited to be running a game of D&D for the first time, in a few weeks. Will use the starter set adventure. It is a bit of a terrifying and probably poorly advised prospect to GM for the first time I play but I hope it goes well!!

 Welcome to the top experience in gaming!

 

If everyone is a new player, expect many little mistakes, even from yourself. Not finding correct rules, not properly understanding some of the rules, being overly obsessed with sticking to those rules, constantly forgetting some little detail or ability. We all went through that at one time or another. It gets better. We improve. First we adapt to the game, then the game adapts to us.

 

As the game master, you have the lion's share of the work associated with the game, but you also get unique rewards to the experience. You get to stretch your creativity, your storytelling abilities, your improvisational skills, your craftsmanship (painted minis, decor), your management skills, your personal relationship skills.

 

I found that being the game master is a role that makes you grow as a person.

 

You see the characters grow. Your story slowly unfolds. You throw challenges at the players, asking yourself: "How are they gonna get out of this one?", sometimes by being amazed at their creativity or sheer brutality if they go all murderhobo (it's a phase for many of us). And everyone has fun doing it!

 

The best long term reward is when years later the players retell the events of the game with the same fondness as any warstory. "Hey, remember when we fought [blank]. Escaped from [blank]. Tricked the [blank]. Stole the [blank]... That was EPIC!"

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11 minutes ago, Erifnogard said:

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4 hours ago, OneBoot said:

I have to say, being the sole individual suddenly responsible for the welfare and happiness of two tiny humans, neither of whom can be reasoned with, is rather more terrifying and thoroughly exhausting than I was expecting. Either one of them is fine by themselves, but together it's...well, hard. I'd expected sleep to provide some nice respite, but I keep jolting awake in a cold sweat thinking I heard one of them start crying, and the night is yet young. 

 

I'm so very glad I can help out, don't get me wrong, and I love being AuntieBoot! It's just that 11 years of peaceful semi-solitary existence has poorly prepared me, mentally and physically, to be a babysitter for this long, and I don't think my sister quite understands that. :unsure:

 

(Note: I'm whining here to get it out of my system somewhere neutral, since I'm certainly not going to say anything to my sister or her husband)

 

Huzzah! 

--OneBoot :D 

Welcome to parenthood once removed!

 

I went through the same thing with my sister's children (the first babies I had direct experience with). Surprised myself as I eventually became a trustworthy competent babysitter with a knack for children.

 

And there's a reason why it's good to have kids in your 20s or 30s. You have the energy to handle those kids!

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26 minutes ago, Cranky Dog said:

 Welcome to the top experience in gaming!

 

If everyone is a new player, expect many little mistakes, even from yourself. Not finding correct rules, not properly understanding some of the rules, being overly obsessed with sticking to those rules, constantly forgetting some little detail or ability. We all went through that at one time or another. It gets better. We improve. First we adapt to the game, then the game adapts to us.

 

As the game master, you have the lion's share of the work associated with the game, but you also get unique rewards to the experience. You get to stretch your creativity, your storytelling abilities, your improvisational skills, your craftsmanship (painted minis, decor), your management skills, your personal relationship skills.

 

I found that being the game master is a role that makes you grow as a person.

 

You see the characters grow. Your story slowly unfolds. You throw challenges at the players, asking yourself: "How are they gonna get out of this one?", sometimes by being amazed at their creativity or sheer brutality if they go all murderhobo (it's a phase for many of us). And everyone has fun doing it!

 

The best long term reward is when years later the players retell the events of the game with the same fondness as any warstory. "Hey, remember when we fought [blank]. Escaped from [blank]. Tricked the [blank]. Stole the [blank]... That was EPIC!"

 

 

 I'm really looking forward to that. I'll be doing a game with friends of mine and some people I don't know, so getting to make new friends is always incredible. If the game continues beyond four weeks I'm really looking forward to putting down a bunch of minis on the table so I finally get to use them! (Need to paint them first though!) :)

 

Matt Mercer has been the inspiration and also helped break down the nervousness I had after watching some of his videos and episodes of Critical Role. I know for the first time I won't be as good as a DM with years of experience but that's quite obvious. Having fun is the most important part of the game after all.

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