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Open Game Master

Live Tabletop Roleplaying
Open to Everyone

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About

The Open Game Master is a live tabletop roleplaying show where everyone can watch and play!

Watch the adventure unfold as teams of players step into the game and pit their characters against fearsome foes. Create your own character and step into the fold yourself!

Find out more >

How to Play

Interested in taking part? Everyone is welcome to join the games and become part of the adventure!

See everything you need to know about creating your character, what you need to play, and how to join your fellow players live in the games on Twitch.

Find out more >

Support

This show is funded and supported entirely by the community!

If you love what we are doing, there are many ways that you can help to keep The Open Game Master on the air.

Find out more >

Rules

Take a look at our rules and guidelines for behaviour during the games.

Ensuring that everyone at the table and watching at home are having fun is important to me, so I have created a simple set of rules and guidelines for viewers, players, and for resolving issues and disputes.

Find out more >

Schedule

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About

The Open Game Master is a live tabletop roleplaying show where everyone can watch and play!

Watch the adventure unfold as teams of players step into the game and pit their characters against fearsome foes. Then create your own character and step into the fold alongside fellow viewers!

What is the Open Game Master?

This is not your ordinary livestreaming show! This is a game where you can be the adventurer, and you can be part of the action!

Broadcast live on Twitch, players both new and old can come together in parties of up to six, playing in hour-long slots with several slots played each stream session.

When chosen, players connect directly with the Open Game Master via Discord and Roll20, and are taken into the game world. The obstacles, traps, and hazards that face the players are unknown, and there are sure to be many seeking to prevent passage deeper into the game. Whether you are playing or watching, you are sure to be in for a wild ride.

What happens during a game slot?

Each slot is only one hour long and so will focus around a few shorter encounters, or one large encounter.

An encounter could see you fighting off horrific monsters, navigating treacherous paths, or dealing with fragile alliances.

Who is the Open Game Master?

My name is Anthony 'Raven' Edmonds. I have been playing tabletop roleplaying games for over ten years, and fantasy computer games such as Baldur's Gate and Diablo long before that.

Which games have you run in the past?

I have run many systems over the years, such as: Amber DRPG, Age of Rebellion, Star Trek TNG TRPG, Pathfinder, Dungeons & Dragons, and custom games. As a player, there are too many games both big and small to even start to list!

Most of my games are self-written, with short, long, and convention game mastering under my belt. One of my sandbox games has been running weekly for over two years!

What is your style of game mastering?

  • Everyone gets their turn
  • Players can take their own path
  • There is little Player vs Player conflict
  • There is more than one way to win

Which games are running?

Initially the Open Game Master is running a custom campaign using Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition. Not only is it a system I am comfortable with, it also presents a solid entry point for those unfamiliar with tabletop roleplaying games.

After the Open Game Master has been established, one-off convention style games in a range of systems will be offered in slots, alongside the continuing D&D 5e game.

WHAT IS THE D&D 5E GAME ABOUT?

Far to the east of the Sword Coast lies an ancient mountain, shrouded in a cloak of eternal mist. Rumour has it that atop that ancient peak is an artefact that can grant its wielder wealth beyond measure, the power to topple kingdoms, and grant the wishes of its master.

You have ventured far from home to the Vale of Eternal Mist in search of this artefact, that you might use its power.

Dare you step into the mist? What dangers await you within that ever-shrouded labyrinth? You must find the courage to pass into the fog and face your fate.

How to Play

Interested in taking part? Everyone is welcome to join the games and become part of the adventure!

See everything you need to know about creating your character, what you need to play, and how to join your fellow players live in the games on Twitch.

What do I Need?

The entry requirements have been kept as low as possible, with only a very basic list of needs for you to fulfil – most of which you either already have or are free!

REQUIREMENTS

  • An internet connection
  • Roll20 account (free)
  • Discord account (free)
  • Headphones
  • Microphone
  • At least 1 hour to play!

Character sheets

When you sign up you will be given a link to your character sheet on Google Drive, that way we can both see your character sheet.

You are responsible for maintaining your character sheet, so make sure you keep it up to date as you play!

The link to your character sheet is private, so make sure you keep it safe. If you lose your link, just ask for a new one.

What about rule books?

Initially we will only be using races and classes from the Player's Handbook. If you don't have a PHB, you can use the rules from the 5th Edition SRD for free!

5e Beginner Rules >

5th Edition SRD >

How do I Join?

Anyone will be able to watch the games being played on Twitch, and anyone can sign up to play!

  • Read the setting and creation guide
  • Join the Open Game Master Discord
  • Post in the #Signups channel
  • Get a sheet and create your character
  • Join the 'Ready to Play' voice channel

Can I join any play slot?

There will be several types of slot available to play in, some of which will be for inexperienced players, players without characters, or characters of a certain level range.

CHARACTER CREATION

Ready to step into the Vale of Eternal Mist? Read the setting and character creation guidelines document, then post in the #Signups channel on Discord to get your blank character sheet!

View the Setting and Character Creation Guidelines >

Select Miniatures >

Join the Discord Server >

How do I Play?

Once you have been chosen to play in a game slot you will be interacting directly with the Open Game Master and the other players just like you would at a real table.

All you need to do is talk, think, roll your dice, and update your character sheet.

SELECTION

The Open Game Master will randomly select an appropriate number of people who are in the Ready to Play channel on Discord.

DIDN'T GET INTO A GAME?

If you aren't selected for a game slot, do not lose heart. Keep watching and you will get another chance to play in the next slot!

Each game slot will have different player requirements, including slots only for inexperienced players, returning players, or characters of a certain level. Keep an eye on the schedule!

Support

The Open Game Master is only made possible thanks to the support of our community!

If you love what we are doing, there are many ways that you can help to keep The Open Game Master on the air.

Why do you need support?

Using a similar model to the traditional streamer model, the Open Game Master will be supported by its player base. Patreon and Twitch subscriptions will be available, as well as donations and Twitch Cheers.

We do not run any sort of advertisement on our streams, and any sponsored content will be noted during the session.

WHAT WILL THE MONEY BE USED FOR?

Aside from the costs of running the show, supporter's money will be used to create more, and better content.

Whether it is upgrading cameras and other technology, or buying new tiles and miniatures, I want to make this show the best it can be – which I can only do with your support!

OPEN AND FAIR

At no point will players be able to pay for in-game benefits, access to play slots, or other favourable actions.

It is important to me that everyone regardless of supporter level has a fair chance to play, and an even playing field once in-game.

Support us on Patreon

The best way to regularly support the Open Game Master is with a Patreon subscription.

A larger percent of your support goes directly to us, and you gain access to many exclusive benefits.

Become a Patron

SUBSCRIBER BENEFITS

Alongside the Open Play sessions there will be a handful of subscriber-exclusive play slots which anyone can watch, but only subscribers can play in.

Starting at just $2.50 per month, you gain access to:

  • Subscriber play slots
  • Subscriber Discord voice and text channels
  • Behind-the-scenes content

REWARD TIERS

A range of subscription tiers are available, with the higher tiers allowing you to create magical weapons and items, NPCs that will appear in the game, and even whole encounters and plot-lines.

How else can I support this?

There are a number of different ways for you to support The Open Game Master.

TWITCH SUBSCRIPTIONS

Subscribing through Twitch for $5 per month will not only gain you the same benefits as a Patreon subscription, but access to our Twitch channel emotes!

TWITCH BITS

Want to cheer for a player, or for the monsters? Cast a handful of bits into the game and have your words echoed live on screen!

DONATIONS

If you would like to support the Open Game Master without a subscription or anonymously, you can donate directly via PayPal.

Donate >

SPONSORSHIPS

Carefully selected sponsorships from tabletop gaming companies may be taken. These will all be open and free to play, and will not subtract from any subscriber slots.

If you are writing a tabletop game system, or other tabletop product, and would like to sponsor a game session, get in touch.

CONTACT >

Rules

Ensuring that everyone at the table and watching at home are having fun is important to me, so I have created a simple set of rules and guidelines for viewers, players, and for resolving issues and disputes.

These rules are a living document, and will be revised and amended as needed.

Rules for Viewers

The Open Game Master is a friendly and welcoming place, and I want our community to reflect that.

Breaching the rules and guidelines set out may result in a temporary or permanent ban from Twitch and Discord.

Be polite

  • We are all human here, so treat each other with respect.
  • Do not use profane or offensive language
  • Criticise and disagree respectfully
  • Everyone is wrong occasionally

No tolerance of intolerance

  • Everyone is welcome here regardless of where they come from or who they are

Stay on topic

  • You're welcome to talk about anything relevant to the stream
  • On-topic discussions could include RPGs, computer games, and the action on-screen
  • Off-topic conversations could include topics such as politics and religion
  • If the streamer is talking about it, or has invited discussion on a topic, then it is considered on topic

Rules for Players

Alongside the normal rules for viewers, players live on air should also follow these rules.

Repeated breaching of these rules may result in a temporary or permanent ban from future games.

Age Restriction

  • You must be at least 13 years old to play in the game sessions

KEEP IT CLEAN (MOSTLY)

  • Overly graphic words, descriptions and actions should be avoided
  • Attempts to perform immoral acts will be overrules at the Open Game Master's discretion

DO NOT DISRUPT THE PARTY

  • Purposeful disruption, griefing, and abuse of other players will not be tolerated
  • Justified disruption is ruled at the other player's and Open Game Master's discretion

DISAGREE WITH GRACE

  • If two characters reach an impasse, opt out of the issue rather than digging your heels in
  • The Open Game Master will ensure that such players still have a role to play

Issues and Disputes

If you have an issue that urgently needs resolving, want to report abuse from a user, or another social or technical problem, contact a moderator or the Open Game Master via Discord or Twitch where we will try to resolve it swiftly.

RULES DISPUTES

  • To maximise play time, the Open Game Master's rulings during play are final, however a note will be taken of the objection to be clarified later.
  • Any ruling mistakes will be corrected going forward. Remember, we are all wrong occasionally!

HARASSMENT AND PRIVACY

  • You will only be identifiable on stream by your character's name
  • If a player or viewer is harassing you, contact a moderator or the Open Game Master via private message