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, follow the steps below.
Go to your GM Dashboard
Click on "Game Templates"
Clicking on "Game Templates" will take you to this page where you will click on "Create Template". 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 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 linked for your use on that page.
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.
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 1 - 3 paragraphs in the description of the game so that new players can learn about the game before applying to it.
This section is where you will list where the game is played. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, Content Warnings, and Safety Tools
This is the section that you can list out any important information for your players about how the game will be run. If you are using homebrew rules, you may want to list them here.
Content warnings can be anything that you want people to know about ahead of time that you think may be triggering for some players.
All game templates are required to list out the Safety Tools that you utilize in your games, so you will also want to list those here. We have a link pinned on the page that will walk you through some of the possible ones!
What Can Players Expect?
This section uses dropdowns to set the various levels of stuff in your game.
Page three is filled with additional information for your players. You want to make sure that you fill out all the information on this page so that your players are fully prepared. If you leave blanks all over your listing, or you don't give your players enough information to know what they are getting into, your game won't be approved and you will have to add it anyway. Even if you think information is obvious, still add it! I have had players log into games with no way to communicate in the game because they didn't know they needed a microphone. Simple things like that seem obvious when you do it all the time, but to a brand new player, it can easily escape your thoughts.
Once you have finished filling out all the information on the game, go ahead and submit 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. To do this, let's head back to your GM Dashboard and click on Adventures.
Click on "Create Adventure."
This will open up the Adventure Creation Menu, where you can choose if it is a regular campaign or a one-shot, which of your game templates to use, the number of players you are expecting for this session, if it is public or not, and if it is instantly bookable. After making those choices, click on Create Adventure.
Now that your Adventure is created, you can schedule sessions and invite players to join you!
If you click on Add Session, it will open this menu, just fill out the information, and now you have a scheduled game that people can find in their searches!
Clicking on the "Invite Players" button will generate you an invite link that you can send to people who would like to sign up.
If you click that link, you can also see what your game will look like to potential players. I always click on it and read through it just to make sure I didn't miss anything.
If you're creating a game for a special event like a charity fundraiser or convention, make sure to follow these additional instructions here.
As you review it, you can always go back and edit your game to fix anything you may have missed!
If you follow this guide, creating and listing games will be second nature to you in no time! Now get out there and start creating awesome games for those players!