What are your favorite GMing tools or accessories?I'm actually going to try to stay away from specific products here, as Lindevi has actually covered several of my favorites--I actually turned her on to the GM screen in question, which I've used for all of my demo games in the past 5 years. Instead, I'm going to favor a few common items that every gamer should have in their arsenal. Truth be told, a trip to your local office supply store is almost as good as shopping at a game store, when it comes to organizational aids!
|One color for Players.|
One color for the GM!
Second, pick up a few packs of post-it notes. Leave one pack out for your players in the center of the table and a second pack behind your GM screen. Use these whenever you have to deliver information to a specific player and you don't want to leave the table. Plus, this encourages your players to write notes to both you and to one another. Such skulduggery works especially well in espionage-style games or games where players have conflicting motivations. While you're at it, make sure that you get two separate colors: one for the GM and one for the players. That way, it's easy to tell from a glance who's communicating!
|A great addition to any GMing arsenal!|
Finally, keep a blank notebook behind your GM screen. It's often difficult to keep track of names, locations, and other important information. Dedicate a page or two to writing down NPCs' names and a basic bit of information on those characters: race, class, title, motivations. If you're more laptop or tablet-oriented, an Excel spreadsheet can actually go a long way towards keeping your campaign organized!