Monday, February 2, 2015

Gamemaster Prep Survey

I've put together an online survey examining how much time we spend getting ready for a session

That's inspired by this month's RPG Blog Carnival hosted by Leicester's Ramble, "How and Where I Write and/or Game Prep."

I've been curious about how other GMs handle prep. I've seen some gamemasters talk about moving to low or no-prep approaches. At the same time, I've seen others going over the energy and time they invest into each session. I don't think either approach is necessarily better, but I'd like to get a sense of where GMs typically fall. I've put together a set of six questions. These are rough and, particularly when I get to the activity breakdown, wibbly-wobbly. I'm not a social-scientist, there aren't any control groups, and the survey by its nature will be self-selecting & biased. 

But if you run games, I'd like to know how much time you spend preparing for individual sessions. Not for the campaign as a whole, but for a typical session. 

This is a basic Survey Monkey set of questions, so it doesn't have bells or whistles. I won't get any identifying info. My aim is to pull together responses by the end of February. At that point I'll post all the info and results, making them open and available. This is my first time using SM, so there's always the chance I'll goof this up! I set it to one response per computer and to allow editing of your responses. 

Please reshare this and spread it out to various forums, blogs, groups, and sites. I'd like to get a good cross-section of responses!