Podcast #277: Avoiding Gamemaster Burnout

This week, Morrus, Peter, and Jessica discuss gamemaster burnout. In the news, new D&D playtest packet released, Dungeons & Dragons stamps from the USPS in 2024, Baldur’s Gate III gets a big update, and more! Plus a brand new sketch about choosing a destination among the wonders of the planes.


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US Postal Service announces D&D stamps https://www.enworld.org/threads/us-postal-service-releases-d-d-stamps.701351/

Dungeons of Drakkenheim & Lairs of Etharis: WotC Adds Third Party Products to D&D Beyond https://www.enworld.org/threads/dun...ds-third-party-products-to-d-d-beyond.701324/

EN World article on the packet’s release https://www.enworld.org/threads/new...est-includes-barbarian-druid-and-monk.701255/

Download the packet https://www.dndbeyond.com/sources/ua/ph-playtest-8

D&D Advent Calendar on D&D Beyond https://www.enworld.org/threads/d-d-beyond-launches-2023s-official-d-d-advent-calendar.701348/

Baldur’s Gate III Patch 5 released https://www.enworld.org/threads/bal...logue-two-new-play-modes-with-patch-5.701342/

Roll20 Announces “Jumpgate” Overhaul of the VTT https://www.enworld.org/threads/jumpgate-is-an-overhaul-of-the-roll20-vtt.701309/

The Arcane Exterminator https://preview.drivethrurpg.com/en...-and-Magic-Item-Compendium?affiliate_id=36142


GM Burnout

GMing with Joy: GM Tools That Can Last a Lifetime https://www.enworld.org/threads/gming-with-joy-gm-tools-that-can-last-a-lifetime.700712/


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Darryl Mott

Darryl Mott


AKA Thanatos from NKL/NTL days.
I like the idea of forming an RPG troupe in which everyone learns a system together and players switch off in the GM role. Everyone has a character or a few, but whoever is GMing has theirs sit out. Then, after the one-shot or short arc, the previous GM becomes a player and someone else runs an adventure or arc. No one is stuck as ‘forever GM’ and getting burned out.

Maybe all the characters are crew on a ship, and much like in Star Trek, those who deal with a scenario are on the away team (or for an oceangoing vessel, the aweigh team), if it’s an airship, it’s easy enough to travel to adventure locations and change out crew members as needed.

(The DMG does feature a lich, but that’s Acererak, of the rather horrible tomb.)
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