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Game Master Tips with Matt Mercer – Behind the Screen

Matt Mercer is back with another round of tips and tricks for aspiring and skilled Game Masters alike. Today, he’s giving us a bird’s eye view of what’s behind his game master screen so you can get a good idea of what you may like to have behind yours.

Matt offers some good recommendations for what you should keep between yourself and your players, the first being the D&D Official Dungeon Master’s Screen, as it offers quick access to rules, tables, and other break downs you may need. Don’t be afraid to customize your screen with additional information relevant to your game.

Here are a few of the things that Matt also suggests keeping behind your screen for easy access:

  • Dice!
  • Your campaign notes, including specifics on your current session and maybe a few previous sessions.
    • Includes custom NPCs, monsters, location breakdowns, factions, name lists, and more.
    • Matt keeps his printed out and organized in a three ring binder.
  • The DM Guide (Just in case).
  • A notepad or scratch pad for notes during games.
  • Miniatures for encounters or transformations.

Check out the video for everything else Matt recommends to keep behind the screen and let us know if you have any other suggestions!

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