I’ll share a few things.
Perhaps more than anything else, the one statement that really made GMing snap into focus for me was @edige23 saying: “GMing is a combination of interviewing and meeting management.” Keep the questions coming and keep asking different people by name.
Two tips on safety tools from @JimLikesGames (also, Jim is running a Gauntlet Facilitation Camp in June - new or prospective GMs should absolutely sign up for either his, Jammi’s, or @Alexi_Sarge’s. I’m running one as well):
Always do character introductions last, after safety tools. You want to keep players in their characters as much as possible - introducing characters, THEN doing safety tools pulls them out of their characters. Introduce and explain safety tools, THEN introducing characters is the better order.
Don’t read lines or veils on the recording. Explain what lines are, provide a common example (such as sexual assault), then explain what veils are (commonly, consensual sexual activity) and how they work. Reading all of the lines and veils out loud airs your players’ private business.
- You will rarely, if ever, deal with someone who behaves poorly if you make a mistake. It is virtually guaranteed that you will share your virtual table with people who want to have fun, want you to have fun, and are happy to help ensure everyone is having fun, so relax. As one example, players will often help you look up relevant stats or rules, especially if you’re having a problem finding it (as Lowell did to help me out last Tuesday). People with knowledge of the game are happy to pitch in, talk about the finer/more arcane points, etc. (@GerwynWalters literally spent something like three hours after a rough session of World Wide Wrestling I ran last year helping me through a few things I thought I understood and didn’t.)
You will share tables with some of the kindest and most gracious people you will ever meet. If you miss calling for a roll, someone will likely ask, not as a criticism but out of a genuine desire to make sure everyone has a good time and help you succeed.
So basically, my advice is simple: Relax and have fun with it. Easier said than done, but still