GM Mastermind

GM Mastermind

Improve your craft as a tabletop rpg game master. Our rotating panel of diverse game masters (The Brain Trust) share their insights, advice and commentary on a featured topic on each episode.


August 28, 2022 63 min

We talk about story in rpgs, but is it story as product, or story as byproduct in tabletop role-playing games? A story is to be told. We talk about how we are here to share a story, or impact the story within our rpg. It is certainly a shared experience. However, how much is predetermined and how much is from play?

Anthony, aka Runeslinger, from Casting Shadows blog and podcast joins The Brain Trust.

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Two person gaming, also known as duet gaming, is one player and one game master. Some may refer to this as one-on-one gaming. A great format that may be overlooked.

In this episode we invite Craig Shipman, Third Floor Wars, and Eric Salzwedel join The Brain Trust to talk about running an rpg with just one game master and one player. We hope you enjoy the discussion.

Find more of Craig Shipman:

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    July 25, 2022 68 min

    RPG Session prep, it has to be done when you’re the game master about to run your tabletop rpg of choice. There are different methods of preparing your session, personal to each GM – especially the method, whether you choose index cards, some type of digital tool, etc. Thorough prep is great, but it can lead to spending too much time on details you may present into the game. Not enough session prep and you risk being caught flat fo...

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    Horror and suspense role-playing games has its own set of challenges when running for a group. How do you keep it from going into a comedy night? Are there methods to keep up the level of suspense that is often different than your typical fantasy rpg.

    In this episode we invite Bridgett Jeffries and Caleb Stokes to be part of The Brain Trust. Both have experience running horror and suspense. We hope you enjoy their insight.


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    June 27, 2022 62 min

    Providing advice on how to perform a session zero, the session before you start your one-shot or rpg campaign. In session zero there can be a lot to cover, everything from scheduling to home rules to safety tools. Four out of five game masters state that conducting a session zero can increase the odds of having a successful rpg game.

    Please welcome Jared, Kimi and Senda to The Brain Trust to talk about session zero.

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    June 13, 2022 72 min

    Being a professional game master is possible now more than ever. We have two rpg game masters on the show to talk about their journey, provide insight and even mention some misconceptions about taking our love of the hobby to an entirely different level. 

    Please welcome Nikki and Don to The Brain Trust.

    More places to find Nikki and her projects

  • Twitter 
  • All her links 
  • All the places you can find Don

  • Twitter 
  • Patreon 
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    May 30, 2022 56 min

    In this episode we provide insight into different things the rpg game master can do to improve their craft that are beyond Youtube and podcasts.

    Please welcome Angela Murray from Gnomestew, Harrigan, and Mirko aka DigitalHobbit are The Brain Trust.

    Angela Murray – Gnomestew, Twitter

    Harrigan – Tavern Keeper, Gamerplane

    Mirko – Twitter, or search for DigitalHobbit


    GM Mentoring (Gnomestew blog)

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    May 9, 2022 9 min

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