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DM Level Questions (3)

If your rating drops too low, you will be frozen at your current level until you bring it up. If one year has passed and you have not managed to bring it back up, you will move down a level and the process will start again.

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Your rating is calculated for each show then rolled into your lifetime average. We remove the best and worst scoring table for each show (kind of like the Olympics but with less rings). This removes the ‘worst table’ and your ‘table of friends’ from the average. So one bad group is not going to ruin everything you’ve work for.

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Our team discussed this one at length and will continue to do so for the near future I am sure. We will be having meetings at Winter Fantasy 2015 to make some of these decisions.

One group that will start above level one are D&D All Access DMs from Gen Con. If you were an All Access DM at Gen Con 2014 and achieved a rating of 4.8 or higher at the show you will be considered a 3rd level DM in the program. This also sets the bar for future D&D All Access  DMs as needing to be a level 3 DM to apply.

We will also be selecting three level 7 DMs and five level 5 DMs at Winter Fantasy. Announcements here when that is complete.

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DM Ratings Questions (1)

It’s a secret. Okay not really. The exact form we are currently using is below. Simple and straight forward.

DM_Review

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General (4)

We realize that every DM cannot make it to the big shows (though we think every D&D player should try hard to make Gen Con at least one – consider it your pilgrimage). As seminars are finalized, we will record them and make them available on the Herald’s Guild site for others to listen to. Watching them online works as credit for lower levels, but more advanced seminars will require you to be present to get credit for them. Do not fear though: as DMs go up in levels, they will gain the ability to run seminars at their local conventions and game days. So while initially the seminars start restricted a bit, they will start to spread out, eventually running everywhere a DM sits at a table and wants to improve his skill set.

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We realize that every DM cannot make it to the big shows (though we think every D&D Player should try hard to make Gen Con at least one – consider it your pilgrimage). As seminars are finalized we will record them and make them available on the Herald’s Guild site for others to listen to. Watching them online will work as credit for lower levels but more advanced seminars will require you to be present to get credit for them. Do not fear though as DM’s go up in levels they will gain the ability to run this at their local conventions and game days. So while they will start restricted a bit, they will start to spread out across the US and hopefully eventually to everywhere I DM sits at a table and wants to improve his skillset.

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For the launch of the Herald’s Guild of DMs, the seminars and other DM Training offerings will be presented only at the conventions and shows where Baldman Games has a presence. As the Guild evolves and grows, we will look at the feasibility of letting higher ranking members of the Guild present seminars at other events and locations. We will look at ways of bringing in DMs who might not be able to come to the big shows but who volunteer at smaller local conventions and even at game stores. Those are logistics that still need to be measured and discussed.

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For the launch, we are focused on D&D since that is the arena in which Baldman Games operates. If opportunities to expand the program into other games arise, those will be evaluated. It is likely that some of the seminars we run will be helpful to GMs of other game systems.

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Seminars (1)

We are still working on the delivery methods for content. The plan is to make the seminars available in some format that can be easily downloaded or viewed/heard by DMs who cannot attend in person.

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