Greetings, fellow players and DMs! I’m DM Patrick and I’ve been playing tabletop role-playing games for nearly 20 years now. I started in middle school. My mother would drive me to the nearest hobby shop (which was like 20 miles away). Magic: The Gathering was my chosen trading card game at the time, so I’d play a few games and then do my best to not be “that guy” at the D&D table. I doubt I ever was; I’m more of the “just sit back and watch” kind of player rather than the murderhobo/steal-from-and-stab-the-cleric-in-the-neck type of player. Later, I’d skip my last class in high school, which was only Study Hall any way, to run off to my new favorite shop to get set up for the upcoming game.
I spent six years in the Navy on board fast attack submarines as a nuclear electronics technician. I got out to focus more on family life. Immediately, I married a beautiful & intelligent woman; now I have a two-year-old daughter, Aria, and a “DM Patrick Jr.”(no name has been decided yet) on the way at the time of this writing; he’s due February 10, 2020.
Since I’ve been out of the Navy, I’ve diversified. I’ve completed my degree in Electronics Engineering, I’ve purchased, rented, and sold real estate, and I’ve become a full-time Dungeon Master (DM). At my busiest, I was DMing seven weekly games and juggling roughly 40 players. I’ve been DMing for years, but it wasn’t until I “settled down” and started pursuing this venue online that I became passionate about running games and Dungeons & Dragons in general.
I Think It’s Time I Gave Something Back
I’ve spent a myriad of hours reading “how to be a better DM” books, articles, and watched YouTube videos until I was dreaming about “leaving likes and subscribing.” My “social media” is a small, active, and curated Discord server where we often discuss games and just laugh and memes. Some of my channels, though, are dedicated to rule clarifications, world-building, play-by-play games… and more. I’ve become infatuated with providing quality content, games, and resources to my players and fellow DMs on my server.
I’m not sure exactly how I’m going to give back, but I know the exchange of thoughts and ideas is invaluable. Therefore, providing quality and curated content along with anecdotes from years of experience will be the sine qua non for what I do here.
There are So Many Of Us In This Hobby Are Quirky People
I remember struggling to get into Dungeon Mastering, and I want to help other people overcome that stress, that hurdle, and gain the confidence to sit on the other side of the DM screen and be able to grin mischievously at their friends. Whether that is online, or in person, I want to have what people need here – or at least some fun/funny quirky stuff to help us along the way.
All the best and Finger Guns *pew pew*!!!
Founder of Roll Up A New Character