If you have taken the step of signing up to be a Professional Game Master on our site, chances are you are looking for ways to make yourself stand out, and start getting business. That is why we have put together this simple list of tips and tricks for how to get the most out of your profile.
Step 1 - Filling out your profile
The very first thing you will want to do is check your profile and make sure that it is fully filled out. You want to provide as much information as possible for your potential players, you want them to feel like they know you after reading your profile. in addition to filling in all the spots on your profile, you may want to consider addressing the following:
-What do you love about playing these games?
-How long have you been playing?
-What makes you special as a Game Master?
-What do you bring to the table that is unique to you?
-Talk about what makes you an amazing Game Master!
Step 2 - Choosing your profile picture
In today's era, many people have learned to make an immediate assumption about someone based on one picture. Your profile picture should be clear, engaging, well lit, and show a bit of your personality while avoiding just being a selfie. For example, here is the picture I had on my profile when the site launched. I think it's a cool picture, but it is dark, grainy, and overall it just doesn't look professional.
Now here is the picture I have currently. It's bright, clear, and fun. It draws the viewer in, instead of blending into the background.
If you take a quick scroll through the "DM Search," you will see that the majority of the DMs who have moved towards the top of that search, all have these similarities in their pictures. This draws clients in, which in turn helps move you up that search!
Step 3 - Setting up games
Once you have finished filling out your profile, you will want to list a few games on the site so you can start getting bookings. When filling out your game information, shoot for 2-3 paragraphs for the description, and give your players as much information about the game as possible. Make sure you also let players know if they will need a webcam/mic/software for the game. Pictures are a very easy way to make sure your game listing is attention-grabbing, but make sure you aren't using any licensed art. Creating a game template is one thing, but to show up in the game search, you’ll need to make an adventure off of your game template and schedule it. This creates an adventure people can sign up for! You can find the FAQ on how to create and schedule a game here.
Step 4 - Attracting new players to your game
If you don’t already have an audience of paid players, try running a few games for free or $5 to help collect reviews and show these players how fun you are to game with. If you’re running a free game to get your name out, then check out FB groups and Reddit forums that you can share your game link to. These places usually don’t allow sharing paid games. DM Mertag did this and had 60 applicants for his game, he ended up scheduling more intro sessions, and now has 4 days of paid games from the interest they built from it.
Social media can be helpful as well. DM Devon will raffle off spots in his games to drum up interest. If you’re running an adventure module, maybe tag the author on Twitter when you advertise you are running the adventure. They might want to share it with their audience. Remember on social media, you should spend no more than 20% pushing sales/your own stuff, and 80% interacting and giving back to the community. You can also add friends to a game for free so that when new players find your game they will see you already have a few players. No one likes to be the first person to sign up, but if they see that you already have players they will be much more likely to book a seat in your game.
Step 5 - Reviews
Reviews are incredibly important. The more reviews you have, the more visible you will be to new players. All players who take part in one of your games will be able to leave you a review afterward. You can also send your review link to up to 20 players that you have played with in the past so that they can also leave their feedback.
To read more about getting reviews, check out our article here.
Step 6 - Communication
Communication is vital in any industry. Be responsive! If someone messages you, make sure to get back to them soon. If people apply for your games, approve them or deny them quickly. Make sure that your players have all the information they could need for your game as soon as you can! In addition to players, if you are looking to talk with other DMs, swap ideas, and talk about problems you are having, join our Discord! There is a very active community of DMs on there who will be happy to help!
Step 7 - Read
We have lots of articles on the site for you to read through so we have compiled a bunch of them here for you!
Getting listed on the GM search - https://intercom.help/startplayinggames/en/articles/4446723-getting-listed-on-game-master-search
Creating and Schedule games - https://intercom.help/startplayinggames/en/articles/4616577-how-do-i-create-and-schedule-an-adventure
Canceling and rescheduling games - https://intercom.help/startplayinggames/en/articles/4769299-canceling-or-rescheduling-as-a-gm