Over on Google+, Josh Augustine of PC Gamer fame posted about how he’s been working on some details for his very first tabletop role-playing game.
While that’s interesting on a number of levels, I found his final sentence worth discussion:
Any tips for a first time DM?
That single question got me wondering, “If you could offer a new DM a single piece of advice, just one tidbit alone, what would it be?”
Would it cover a rule interpretation? Perhaps a technique? Something about story? Balance?
Now in full disclosure, my response was this bit of sophistry:
My only advice would be to let your players tell their own stories in your world. Never try to tell your story through their characters.
But I’m genuinely curious how you would respond; just what one bit of knowledge would you lay upon the head of a new DM?