I admit, I was a petty and jealous God of the Gaming Table hiding behind a DM's screen.
Now, much less so. I have played in only in two G+ campaigns and I have different characters for each (I’m not positive that one of them is flailsnails). However I have also run a game with characters from different worlds, and even different systems (including a 3.5 character!!) trashing things in my megadungeon.
This has proved to me several things:
- G+ games are awesome as both player and DM
- G+ games are pretty easy**
- My megadungeon needs some work. It’s one thing when I’m looking at the map myself, it’s another when I’m trying to describe it.
- I need to play more (I knew this already)
- Sign up for more G+ games!
- Run more G+ games!
- Revise my megadungeon based on play experience (and player feedback)!
- Tablets are great for prep, crap for actually running games. For now, stick with a real book, and real book marks.
- Don't be afraid to try new things. If it works, great. If it doesn't, change it. No one will be mad at you, and if they are, just don't play with them again!
- Don't let one person run the party. If you're a player, step up. Offer ideas, suggestions, etc. If you're the DM ask the other players what they want to do.
- Figure out at the start what the marching order is, and who's going to keep track of the treasure. Note: it's not the DM's job!
- If the DM uses group imitative, figure out who's doing the rolling.
- If the DM uses individual initiative, put your rolls in the chat screen. Trust me, it's easier!
- At the end, thank your DM and your fellow players. It's just nice.
**Aside from some technical issues. My netbook doesn’t handle hangouts very well, so I picked up a $30 camera & mic that I use on my desktop. Also, connecting from the east coast to Hawaii sometimes has lag issues.