Perhaps one of the worst things for new and old game masters alike, is the lack of feedback you can get on all your hard work. For game masters (GMs), new ones in particular, they can begin to question their own worth to the players. This in turn leads to despair, then to fear of not being the best thing for the group, and then either the Dark Side or the end of the game…I’m pretty sure it’s the latter.
Regardless, simple steps can be taken to ensure the GM’s spirits are buoyed and the campaign is both rich and worthwhile to all with the likes of an Adventure Feedback Form.
This form can be given to willing players (in return for a little game experience points if need be) and ask at least 3 simple and short questions; What worked for you in this adventure? What didn’t work for you in this adventure? and What would you like to see in the future, any ideas or suggestions? Then ask them to rate this adventure on a scale of 1 to 5. If you make this a word doc form you print out for each player and hand out, perhaps at the bottom you could politely finish the form with, “thank you for your time, I will reward you with X experience points for helping me out” or some such.
I hope this helps both game masters and players alike. Long may your adventures throughout Thedas continue…
But what do you think about such things? Do you find you question yourself as a GM? Do you think this feedback form idea will help? Do you have ideas of your own to help resolve such concerns?
Please feel free to share your thoughts and leave a comment…
(Editor – Thanks Martin, I just made a video about this subject of GM uncertainty, you can find that below)