Initially, this column was called Ludi Magister. Taken from a term that literally can be translated as “game master” (though it more commonly referred to “school masters” – and we hope this is an educational pursuit as well), the term seemed suitable, though we later decided it might be too obscure or uninviting.
Ultimately, this column is about how to be a more effective and inspired game master. The need for tools and resources to educate both fledgling and experienced game runners on the intricacies of the art and science of game mastery has been much discussed in the wake of the release of 5th edition D&D. This is our contribution.
It will contain general tools for preparing and running games, but it will also serve as a platform to discuss game mastering philosophy and to explore both the best and worst qualities of those who run our beloved games.