March 4th is GM appreciation day! If you don’t know what a GM is, you probably won’t care too terribly much about this post (sorry). For those who do, please let me encourage you to celebrate your GM and the hard work they put into making your game nights entertaining, difficult (but not too difficult), and fun! I’ve never been a GM myself, but I am married to mine and can tell you first hand that they pour their heart and soul into creating great games. My husband spends a lot of time thinking about the game, writing stories, and planning encounters for the game. He sleeps with his rule books next to the bed and has notebooks and more computer files dedicated to the game than I will probably ever know. When he’s not planning games, he is watching other people run games on YouTube to gather ideas and improve his style. On game weekends, we spend the whole day cleaning, prepping for the game (music, game board, etc), and generally feeling anxious about how things will go that evening. All of this takes a lot of time and energy and I really don’t think the players in our group (or in many similar groups, from what I’ve been reading online) have even the slightest inkling how much he’s invested in the story. So, I threw him a little GM appreciation party at our last game night (there’s no way I could pull it together for the actual day since we already had a game night scheduled for the weekend before and people are too busy to get together two weekends in a row).
First, I decorated using fun party stuff I had already. I also used templates from minieco to make paper dice that hung down all over the room.
Then, I planned the menu. I made a tavern stew (I added 2 more cups of beef broth and lots more spices), chocolate truffles (I found inspiration here and here), and the other players provided hard cider and some of hubsters favorite snacky foods. The decorations and food were a big hit and a lot of fun, too!
It was a great night and I really enjoyed putting everything together for my hubby and GM. He works so hard, he deserves to have something nice to appreciate everything he does!