Now that you have signed up as a Game Master on StartPlaying.Games, you'll need to make some games and get them scheduled so they show up in Games Search. You will need to make a "Game Template" and then create an Adventure that uses your template. To get started making a Game Template, follow the steps below.

Go to your GM Dashboard

Click on "Game Templates"

Clicking on "GM Dashboard" will take you to this page where you will click on "Create Templates". You can also click "Game Templates" straight from the home page's drop-down menu. A Game Template contains all of the information about your game except dates and times.

Your Game Template will be like an outline for your Adventures. When we get to creating an Adventure, it will pull all its information from the Game Template.

When you click on Create Template, it will take you to the page below.

The First thing you will want to do here is upload an image that will act as the cover image on the game. The most important thing to remember here is that you are not allowed to use any licensed art in your game listing, including cover art or any images from the modules you are running. Any art you use here must either be license-free, or you must have the right to use it. We have a whole Google Drive folder filled with art we have made available to you.

Name Your Game

If a new D&D adventure comes out, you are probably going to want to run it. So is everyone else. You can have a game in Eberron that isn't named "Eberron." Put a little creativity into the name and it will help you stand out from the crowd of other people submitting that same adventure.

Game Description

Descriptions are incredibly important because they are what you are using to sell your game to players. When we look over games for approval, we want to see 3 - 5 paragraphs in the description of the game so that new players can learn about the game before applying to it.

Game Platforms

This section is where you will list where the game is played, such as VTT or voice call platform. Do you use Zoom or Discord? Maybe you've used Roll20 for maps or you like to do Theater of the Mind. List all of that here.

Session Cost

The session cost is the cost per player per session. Each player in your game will pay this for every game that they play in. This price can be changed later.

Session Duration

The duration you list here is the estimated time you will be playing. I always recommend that you keep this as close to the actual time you believe it will take instead of trying to keep a wide window.

Game Systems

Here you will list the game you are running. Is this Pathfinder? D&D? The Witcher RPG? List out the game system you are using. You only want to list the game system that is actually tied to this game, so don't list multiple unless you are using multiple for some reason. If the system you plan to run isn't listed here, reach out to support and they will add it for you.

Game Themes

This is where you will tag the game with various things like High Fantasy, Gothic Horror, Wacky, or even Vikings! Make sure that you only list tags that accurately describe the game you will be running. Most of the D&D 5e adventure modules will pop up if you enter their name into this section. Our system ignores games that have more than five tags though, so make sure to keep it at five.

Player Age Range

What ages is this game intended for? If its a mature game, then All Ages is the wrong tag. Likewise, if you plan on allowing children into the game, 18+ is misleading. Once you have selected the one you want to use, click on Next.

Gameplay Details and Safety Tools

Safety Tools are extremely important for ensuring that all players have a good time. As such, you are required to select at least one safety tool from the checklist and use it in the games attached to this template. All of the tools are explained in depth in the provided link in this section, and each safety tool has a brief description next to its option on the checklist.

Additional Details & Content Warnings

This box can be used to describe anything you want people to know about ahead of time that you think may be triggering for some players. This can also be where you cover your planned use of safety tools in greater detail or explain any house rules you intend to implement. All games listed on StartPlaying are also required to have content warnings.

What Can Players Expect?

This section uses dropdowns to set the various levels of stuff in your game.

How Will Character Creation happen?

Do you have any special guidelines or restrictions for character creation? Do you prefer players to roll for stats or take standardized abilities? Here is the place to make this information known. We recommend that you have pre-generated characters ready for your game, as there are a lot of players who book sessions on the same day as play.

How Should Your Players Prepare?

There are few things worse for players than showing up excited for their first session of a new campaign, only to learn that they don't actually get to play. Perhaps they didn't know they needed to have a character ready, so they spend the whole first session making one. This section is here to prevent that from happening by telling players exactly what they need to bring to game night. This also applies to any tech they need to setup, such as chat service accounts or a working webcam.

What Will You Bring?

If you have any fun extras that set your game apart, here's where you can list them. Think things like animated VTT maps, custom soundtracks, or original art.

Once you have finished filling out all the information on the game template, go ahead and hit "Submit" to send it for approval! Once your game has been reviewed and we approve it, you will be able to create an adventure from it and have it listed in Games Search.

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