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Volunteer Game Master I & Player Trainer, Trainee

by Hawke Robinson published Jun 30, 2017 12:05 AM, last modified Jun 09, 2018 09:15 AM
A mid-level position. The Volunteer Level 1 Professional Volunteer Game Master (GM) Trainee will learn to run RPG sessions in accordance with RPG Research standards. Sessions are for a broad range of participant populations, at various locations. We do offer training for those wishing to develop the appropriate skills, and willing to regularly attend the free weekly training sessions.

Volunteer Game Master I, Trainee GM for Tabletop RPG or LARP.

A mid-level position. The Volunteer Level 1 Professional Volunteer Game Master (GM) Trainee will learn to run RPG sessions in accordance with RPG Research standards. Sessions are for a broad range of participant populations, at various locations. We do offer training for those wishing to develop the appropriate skills, and willing to regularly attend the free weekly training sessions.

We have 10 positions available for professional-grade volunteer Game Masters (GM).

Department(s): RPG

Location(s): Greater Spokane, Washington area.

Reports to: Senior Game Masters and staff supervisors.

General Purpose

Run tabletop role-playing (RPG), live-action role-playing (LARP). Provide training to new players, including understanding the game system rules and gaming etiquette. Help fellow volunteers.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Run tabletop RPG sessions at various locations.
  • Typically 1-6 players per session.
  • Prepare adventures in accordance with RPG Research rules and guidelines, including GM Code of Conduct.
  • Complete assessment forms when appropriate.
  • Prepare character sheets for participants to choose from.
  • Run adventures ranging from "one shots" to ongoing mid-length and long-term campaigns.
  • Address any group interpersonal issues, and maintain players compliance with RPG Research Player Code of Conduct.
  • Attend either in-person, or via remote access, at least one free training session / administrative meeting per week (3-4 hours)
  • Availability for at least 2 regular group sessions per month (game sessions typically 3-5 hours) (in addition to training sessions).
  • Strongly self-motivated
  • Strong collaborative work ethic
  • Reliable schedule compliance

 

Education and Training

Required:

  • Must pass background check before allowed to work with clients.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of role-playing game system rules for at least one published game system (willing to train).
  • Assertive (not aggressive) presence with confident but warm, friendly, empathetic, and compassionate communication style.

 

Optional but helpful:

  • Experienced theatrical acting skills
  • Effective voice acting skills
  • Experienced broadcasting skills
  • Experienced audio/video skills
  • Experience with online broadcasting: Youtube, Twitch, etc.

 * Formats include: tabletop (RPG), live-action (LARP), computer-based (CRPG), and solo adventure books and modules (SABM).

Core Competencies (will train)

  • Organizational skills
  • Group dynamics conflict resolution skills
  • Storytelling skills
  • Verbal and written communication skills.
  • Enthusiastic communication style that excites others with your passion about the topics discussed.
  • "Can do" attitude, and an eye for seeing where people need help before they have to ask.
  • Outgoing presence.
  • Well organized approach to preparing for game sessions and tracking participant progress
  • Passionate supportive energy

 

Working Conditions

Game Master will frequently work at RPG Research offices, or other locations including but not limited to:

  • Conventions
  • Libraries
  • Community centers
  • Educational institutions
  • Care facilities
  • Mobile Facility, the Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer at various locations

 

Hours: Training: 3-10 hours per week free training (we offer 2 training sessions per week, require attending at least one per week)

Playing/GM: 6-10+ hours per month (at least 2 sessions per month in addition to training sessions).

Compensation: Volunteer (no financial compensation).