Impromptu D&D Creation

I’ve had too much coffee tonight as a means of fueling my Dungeon Mastering, so I thought I’d write a bit before going to bed.

I enjoy playing D&D. I don’t know that I particularly enjoy running the game, and I certainly don’t prepare much when I must run it, but if the options are “run the game” vs “no D&D,” then I choose the former.

For me, the whole point of the endeavor is to build a story together, to laugh and share good times, and to find out what happens next. I come to each session with a rough framework and an idea of what will happen now and what will happen next, but I don’t prepare overly much. Part of that is because I’m afraid I’ll railroad my players if I do over-prepare, and part of it is certainly that I’m busy and don’t want to take the time to work on D&D a whole lot, but there’s something to be said for how fun impromptu creation is.

I really enjoy, and probably prefer, the challenge of making things up as I go. Of trying to remember and tie everything together. I like to have an outline and a general idea, and I recognize that I would probably benefit from scripting out some descriptions and names in advance (and I sometimes do this), but reading a script is a lot less fun than generating the world as my players experience it. Impromptu creation is a way to keep me entertained and going, and that helps keep me from getting burnt out.

What would be great, though, would be if I could bring this same sense of impromptu creation to my writing. Perhaps I need to try more free writing with less thinking, and just let my ideas flow. I’m not sure if I can type fast enough for this to really work… so maybe some audio recording followed by transcription? I hate transcription, so I’m afraid that would kill it for me, and I don’t think anyone would want to listen to my rambling stream of consciousness…

Maybe I can find out tomorrow? I’ll try a free write in the morning for a little bit and see where it takes me. Someday I want to write our current D&D story down as well. I really enjoy the setting it’s in, and I think it has a lot of potential if I invested some more time into developing it. As it is, it’s interesting enough that I, at least, want to find out what happens next.

That’s the best part of creating things like this: I get to find out what happens next too ^_^

One thought on “Impromptu D&D Creation

  1. Be careful. You may get better at running the game than you meant to. And you’ll get stuck, believe me. Your players will always want you to run the game, and you won’t be able to sit through it when they run the game. Being a GM is great, but it can end up being a “role.” 🙂

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