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Setting Up Your Gamemaster's Screen! (GM Tips w/ Matt Mercer)

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Matthew Mercer takes us behind the scenes to see the screen. What goes on it? What goes behind it? How do you organize everything? You're about to find out. For more RPGs we love, go to http://bit.ly/GS_RPG Visit us on http://geekandsundry.com Play with us on http://twitch.tv/geekandsundry Subscribe to Geek and Sundry: http://goo.gl/B62jl Join our community at: http://geekandsundry.com/community Twitter: http://twitter.com/geekandsundry Facebook: http://facebook.com/geekandsundry Instagram: http://instagram.com/geekandsundry
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Robert J (3 days ago)
fellow actor and voice actor here from uk london how can we connect mr mercer?
AlcorZeta (6 days ago)
Dammit, no only is he a handsom man and a great voice actor, but he also play D&D!
anthonyhdean (9 days ago)
D&D by Jesse McCree
K Dolo (12 days ago)
I think it's hilarious that people complain about the obsolescence of an argument system but still use these throwback GM screens uncritically
TyronMakeka (14 days ago)
*takes notes furiously*
Army_ Forever (15 days ago)
Captain levi!!!😭😭😭😍😍😘😘😘
Briarpelt (23 days ago)
Very helpful. Now, how do I come up with a story? Any story, *please*, as long as it's not a tired old cliche!
Derek Cavin (25 days ago)
Excellent information
Deisi (26 days ago)
Hi, Matt! What do you think about RPGistic Music and Ambience sounds in a presencial campaign? Does it ruin the audictive experience and distract the players or it is a good addition to the game?
Tyrone Dunham (29 days ago)
AbsorbOa magic
Tardis .Flyer (1 month ago)
"Hoarse ZNorse voice." *giggle*
Animator Of Souls (1 month ago)
Is this McCree from Overwatch? lol ;o
Luce Gibbs (1 month ago)
is it bad I'm taking notes on this?
Ethan Winograd (1 month ago)
GMing looks really cool but it requires so much planning. It seems so overwhelming.
Quasaricemage (1 month ago)
You forget THE most important item...A notebook to write down notes about places visited,NPC names/descriptions, items found etc. This allows you to make up such things on the fly...and still remember them sessions later. Players think you had it all planned out....
Quadraxis (1 month ago)
Been staring at this screen from the front for so long it's fun to see what Matt sees every week.
Volatile Sky (1 month ago)
I always imagined there was more going on behind the screen, not so much notes, but more like the panels were recessed with various bits and bobs, like magnetic spots for tacking on something, or hooks or whatever. Easier to make than I thought, since I do like the look of the finished wood more than the official cardboard GM screens for sale.
Erose 524 (1 month ago)
I clipped 2 binders together and taped some unhelpful word documents to them... f
Derek Jensen (1 month ago)
Have you done a campaign as Szorlock? You were awesome in Mythica
Shahryar Mishra (1 month ago)
Is it just me? Or does he look like Calypso from Twisted Metal?
Filipe Passos-Coelho (1 month ago)
New DM prepping his first session and wanted to get a DM screen. Currently torn between the D&D 5E reincarnated one, the Pathfinder GM screen, and the Master's Tome Customizable DM screen from Stratagem. Which one would you recommend (I will be playing mostly D&D 5E, with some homebrewed stuff, followed by Pathfinder).
Michael Cahill (1 month ago)
My bucket list has towards the very top is to be in a campaign where Matt is the DM, I have it with a loop mark so that way it never leaves... yah I’m that giddy about wanting to play one of his campaigns
The Stranger (1 month ago)
It's High noon.
Oryaam L (1 month ago)
Just realized my 2 favourite DM tip givers both have thr first name Matt
nathan miller (1 month ago)
Can anyone repeat or know what add ons he printed out and put on his screen? It went by so fast I couldn’t figure that out. I got health potion dice there are three or four others. Thanks.
Tina Woronec Ariana (1 month ago)
Are you the GM that was the stalker
lazer tag (2 months ago)
can you just use a laptop so you have access to everythign?
Ad Victoriam! (2 months ago)
Oh my god McCree plays D&D
AuroraLalune (2 months ago)
Literally- I record my sessions and then type up an entire story from it later. Edit: I do this for all sessions. It is mostly to help everyone remember what happened during sessions. We run long games that can last weeks or months so it's useful. I do this as a player and as a dm both.
MythicalPhoenix19 (2 months ago)
skyrim and lord of the rings make amazing soundtracks.
AjaxOutlaw (2 months ago)
Uhhh what if it’s your first time?
Christina Jackson (2 months ago)
I could watch him read a phone book and be enthralled
Justin Cox (2 months ago)
A tip for setting up a gm screen - don’t.
Q's Reviews (2 months ago)
Excellent, I've been a DM since 79 and it's great to see so much great advice and info given by such a renown GM like Matt and especially someone with his mind blowingly good skill set as a DM. Thank you for taking the time to make this fantastic video and I enjoy being able to continue to learn and grow as a DM myself even after 35+ years from someone as such as you Matt. Bravo! You've earned a like and a sub for this.
Mr Knarf (2 months ago)
Please Matt make a custom DM screen for dnd 5th edition :)
kjzsbtby (2 months ago)
Thanks a lot
Random Musical Fan (2 months ago)
Even though I'm behind on C1, Im still watching this on 1040p so i can screenshot everything
jens oldeman (2 months ago)
Wait, u are mcreee!
Swaggerman 69 (2 months ago)
What time is it??
budgie73 (2 months ago)
MA IPAD! Love the emphasis :)
subh subh (2 months ago)
Is it weird my party doesn't do a gm screen?
subh subh (2 months ago)
GM just sits a seat away and we have a respectful party
fruit (2 months ago)
My first time ever seeing a critical role episode I was like "holy shit I wanna be like this guy!" he's an amazing DM and I could tell that without knowing too much at the time about DnD. You can also tell how Matthew has improved too!
Mitchell Rist (2 months ago)
Can't high noon through that!
Mr. Wonky (2 months ago)
I love you Matt, but the way you treat your mini's makes me queasy
MrPeterGoldman (2 months ago)
Well... It's high noon somewhere in the world...
Vadym Odynchuk (2 months ago)
Shit, man its so much work. I didnt think about that but some (good) GM's are people that enjoy working their ass off.
David Beckett (2 months ago)
For y’all who don’t know that fucker is McCree from overwatch
Joshua Ehl (2 months ago)
Great tips. I would like to see a DIY screen where you build the thing from the wooden containers and the brackets.
Springheel Jack (2 months ago)
0:31 and hentai
Mcguyv3r (3 months ago)
I want Matthew Mercer to narrate my life in a Dungeon Master-esque way
AnnaLeigh (3 months ago)
Thanks Matt!
Predator 111 (3 months ago)
It’s high noon!
Stearen (3 months ago)
Dear God all that work!
Pablo Clairmont (3 months ago)
Love me some Matt Mercer
Ryan Adams (3 months ago)
sure you bleep shit but not Ass ..because why not
chatanwarrior (3 months ago)
how come GMs get to role behind the screen though?
Race Frazier (3 months ago)
ohh my. the bottle rings made me nerd-gasm
TheGamingGeek (3 months ago)
Wait doesn’t he voice mccree?
Jack Ong (3 months ago)
Mike S. (3 months ago)
Wait I'm supposed to *prepare* before I DM? Because legit my total preparation consists of thinking up shit while I work out and writing whatever intrigues me on the back of an index card.
Hamilton Haverkamp (3 months ago)
what is the music you played at the end?
samuel banks (3 months ago)
Never gming.exe has been executed
Lucas daVeiga (4 months ago)
You weren't expecting them to meet with balgus? Huh.
pokemonix 10 (4 months ago)
Kharnes (4 months ago)
I.m about to Play as DM for the first time. THIS Was helpfull
Job (4 months ago)
Ma Ipad
Piano Man (4 months ago)
Oh my god McCree has some cool hobbies
Henry Wieman (4 months ago)
anyone have any advice for starting to collect minis? where should I get them, and how?
supermarioblacktiger (4 months ago)
My GM area is never that organized.... it's always a mess of juggling papers. I wish I knew about this video earlier. It really sparked ideas for me.
Owen Kovacs (4 months ago)
Do you have to play with minis?
Red Con One Media (4 months ago)
Where did you get that Dm screen?
patchfile (4 months ago)
Drink tab markers, I think my brain exploded when you said that. How did I not figure this out years ago? Thank you Matt!
Kevin Deleon (4 months ago)
one of my favorite vids
SaetiStrakur (4 months ago)
i have that same exact model of hourglass!
DEMONIC SOLDIER (4 months ago)
To remember that shit hahaha 😂
zeta prime (4 months ago)
You sir are a gentleman or a scholar. This helped me so much.
THAT NERD (4 months ago)
Is help me a lot because I am going to be a dm for teenagers and I am 12 there all like 15 16 17 18
KingAmo (4 months ago)
Personally, I keep a sheet of palaver titled “Best D&D Moments” with me. So if anything hilarious or intense happens, I can jot that down. For example, I needed to roleplay an arrogant mongrelfolk who used a shovel as a weapon. At one point, I said “None can stand against my shovel!” What followed was probably the best reaction I’ve ever gotten out of my party. And I have 6 other items on the list :P
dragontruth (5 months ago)
can i set you as my character's patron deity
GoldNinja3 (5 months ago)
Use them how you will + https://adventtutly.deviantart.com/art/Epicmafiaemotehealthpotion-655766438 + https://adventtutly.deviantart.com/art/Epicmafiaemotemanapotion-655766521 + https://adventtutly.deviantart.com/art/EpicmafiaAdventureLobby-655765895
iHelloway (5 months ago)
miniature box (warhammer style) , magnetised dm screen with magnet strips should be more versitile than tape, have seperate shop catalogue , for short encounters of NPC & Surroundings (etc city,bar) u can use laminated illustrated b&w a6 cards, much better than using actual maps which are best kept when there is lenghy quest up there a4 or bigger battle map sketchbook, just make a book and use it battle cards inspiration like those you can buy on amazon custom made char sheet & equipment sheet (diablo style) magic item , spec item cards music - do your playlist from older video games , baldurs gate, dragon age , might & magic , conan, also use older movie ost like conan barbarian & destroyer, sinbad movie series etc
BlitzTM (5 months ago)
I was searching screen notes for my phone, only stayed for Matt
Sullivan N. (5 months ago)
what version is his DM screen?
Digital Age TTRPG's (5 months ago)
Even with all the wonderful online tools we have today it is still handy to be able to gave resources at arms reach, especially if your internet is down. It is great to see how one of the most famous DM's does it. Short and to the point without any unnecessary information.
Called Higher (5 months ago)
I am in awe
Forrest Hickman (5 months ago)
LOTR soundtrack would be perfect
Sam Calcut (5 months ago)
Will you give me a link to the templates that you used
Syko Not-Psycho (5 months ago)
Thanks Matt!
Albeshr (6 months ago)
came for grand master tips , DISAPPOINTED
Matthew Higham-Moore (6 months ago)
Roger Martin (6 months ago)
I hacked my own. On the inside I downloaded a pdf which had what I needed. On the player side it has spell costs, xp table, armour table, PHB price list, and a few others.
Mullcrum the Sage (6 months ago)
I prefer Dungeon Master. Thanks
Effin Cook (6 months ago)
I appreciate this post.
Rik Thunder (6 months ago)
If you have an ipad... Why not have digital files ready on your ipad :0
Blood Lords Rpg (6 months ago)
My take on the DM screen: Your DM screen needs help! Video 39,999https://youtu.be/WtTWHF6cCuw
_Bookleman (6 months ago)
4:54 suddenly, mccree
Mellow Comment Guy (6 months ago)
its high noon
Teejay Kaye (6 months ago)
I'm probably going to buy at the very least the official DM screen (if not a fancier wooden screen as well) even though I play primarily online. It seems like the screen would be useful to have just for quick access to information, and for any future IRL games I might get involved in :D very cool video and suggestions, mister Mercer!
Jaye (6 months ago)
What did he mean by attack bonuses against Player Characters (P.Cs)?
Frost Spawn (6 months ago)
This was really helpful Thank you!, i'm going to be running my first game very soon! (Pathfinder) But i just need to know 1 thing... What time is it? :P

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