I am thinking about making a change to how I run my games. It comes from spending a lot of time recently listening/watching the Critical Role RPG Show. I have learned an awful lot from watching this show. I am planning on adding some background music and sounds when I play next time.
First, I want to strongly recommend watching Critical Role to pretty much anyone and everyone who is even remotely interested in RPG’s. For those who don’t know what this is, it is a Youtube show on the Geek & Sundry Channel. It is a group of voice actors playing Dungeons & Dragons. I know that sounds kind of boring if you do not play D&D. But I can tell you that it is way more than that. If you have never played, it is a great way to see what the games are like when people play. The voice actors make the game really interesting, because when they get into character that lends a little more appeal.
The Dungeon Master, Matt Mercer is a really extraordinary DM. I would dearly love to play in one of his games, he does an excellent job of conveying the feel of the game. He does the voices and some sounds on his own. And you can tell he has put a lot of work into his game as well. For an introduction, I recommend starting with this one, if only because it has a familiar face.
One of the things that this show has forced me to rethink is adding music and sounds. I found, in watching a recent episode, that they use the App Syrinscape. I looked into it and went and registered, downloaded some files.
I really think that this will make a big difference the next time I run the game for the boys. One of the things that it is difficult to do with running a game for teenagers is that they are not the best at getting into the setting. So having background noises and music can only help in capturing the mood better for them.