I've had a lot of people ask me how my first D&D game as Dungeon Master went. Here's a pic I snapped with my phone towards the end of the night. Actually since we went until 2:30 am, I guess I should say the morning.
Chocholate milk, popcorn, huge golden dragon tablecloth,candles,pewter dragon dice box...yeah I'd say it went pretty fucking good.
I decided that since this was everyone's first time playing D&D I really wanted to go all out. I figured if we were going to this, we were going to do it right. So I made some strategic purchases
to help set the mood. With some incense, candles and a few props I was able to transform my dinning room into space suitable for epic adventures involving dungeons and the dragons that may or may not lurk there.
As for the adventure itself, I took one of the stories from the DMG that comes with the starter kit as a sort of seed. I used it's encounters and locations since this was my first time as a DM and I thought having that stuff written out would be helpful. I went in and added in all my own story hooks and NPC's though. I think for our first game everyone did really well. I had a hard time getting into the roles of the various NPC's but I think I'll get better at that as time goes on. In general I think everyone was sort of learning who their character is and how they behave. Obviously learning the mechanics of combat was also a major focus for everyone.
I did my best to roll with everything they wanted to do. Just like the DMG had warned, despite all my planning they still wanted to know stuff I hadn't thought about. I don't want to go into too much detail because they all read this and I don't want to spoil anything for them. I will say that I really loved the DM role and I'm super excited to continue the story. I've got some pretty cool stuff in store for them.