As a gamemaster, we are always looking for ways to improve our game. One of the things that I have found helpful is running a Keynote presentation on loop behind me during the game.
Here are a few tips to creating that presentation.
I create sites in categories, Rules, Common knowledge, and feel.
- Rules are a quick explanation of some of the rules that the player may encounter during the game. Such as how to roll the dice.
- Common knowledge is things the player may not know that the character should. This will help the player avoid those awkward moments like not knowing the name of their employers
- Feel is just that. Images that help add to the feel you want to portray in the game
Never stop the game so the player will watch.
Gone are the days of the slide show of your grandfather's vacation where all he did was take pictures of the same toy train set for 14 days. There is a reason for this it is boring! So don't subject your players to this. Run the slideshow in the background behind you during the game. The players will take a look at the slide show while they are waiting for their turn.
Keep the Slides short
The point of these slides is to give tidbits of info not write a book. Consider the maximum bit of info to be the same as a twitter post. Anything more than that and you are going to lose the player to the side show.
Avoid Music or sound effects
Sound effects and music are one of those things that sound like a good idea at the time. Trust me it get's really annoying really quick when a slideshow repeats every three minutes.