Behind the scenes – The actual RPG session
I am an incredibly nosy person! I know that people say that I am curious to my face, but I know that they really mean nosy. Also, often lacking social nuances, I frequently blurt out comments which really I should have kept to myself. They are not personal or nasty comments – I would never do that – they are more those questions or comments that everyone else is thinking but no-one ever asks. Brain in gear before mouth in motion, is a saying which I often say to myself before talking. Anyway, back to being nosy – one thing which I am always interested in is ‘setups’. When watching an RPG game on Twitch, we always see the professional output scene but what is actually happening behind the scenes? Well in order to share my own set up with you I thought I would make the first in this series of ‘Behind the scenes’ waffles, what I have running on my screens when I am GMing.
It would be great to hear about your set ups as well so I can learn and improve, so please do share in the comments below.
To start of with, I just wanted to make it clear that I am not going to be talking about cameras, processors or anything else which involves technology. I might write this down in another waffle, but in this one I wanted to focus on what is actually happening on my screens. It would be great to hear about your set ups so I can learn and improve, so please do share in the comments below. First a bit of technical information. Whenever I am GMing I work from my PC with my iMac and sometimes my MacBook Pro somewhere close – the latter I use less. With my PC I stream with two screens – desperate for a third or even a fourth! Sometimes my green screen is balanced behind me or, if you are just seeing the poster background, then there is no need for the string and peg! So what do I have on my screens and what am I using? Well here is the nitty gritty!
There are only a couple more items which actually complete my set up. My iMac has the Dashboard from Twitch on it, which allows me to monitor the stream – If you ever see me looking over to the side of me, that’s what I am looking at. Next to the keyboard to my left I have my RPG writing pad and pen. This is where I do my jottings to remind me about things in the game, for example how many hits the player got on their stealth roll or the locations which are currently be protected by the their shield via the ward location action. I also make a note here about rules which I need to check up on and even sometime pretend to write something just to add tension! My MacBook Pro I use to log onto Zoom if we are player down and finally – and maybe the most important final element of my set up, a coaster with a cup of coffee on it!
I would love to hear all about your setup for RPGing so please do add them in the comments below and share them with the rest of the community.
So, until next time, remember to be who you are and say what you feel because the people who mind don’t matter and the people who matter don’t mind. Have fun and I’ll catch you all later and, until then, consider yourself waffled!