I don't know about the rest of you, but I get stage fright when I'm GMing. It is the weirdest thing to, in casual conversation with the very same people I have no problems acting like a goofy moron. Seriously, there is like no shame. However, sit me in front of the table with people looking to me to GM, and I get all nervous. Lines of dialogue I have planned out won't come out, and instead I hem, haw, fluster, and give a brief summary of what info is contained. Sometimes I can force my way through, but often I've fallen into my safety net before I even know what is going on.
Frankly, I hate it. I think my players deserve more, and I think the game would be a lot more fun if I gave it to them. Both games I am currently running are different attempts at fixing this, and right now I'm just trying to find anything I can think of to help.
So, with that, I turn to you - the loving internets where only good advice and nice people exist - how do you handle your stage fright at the gaming table? Is it even a factor for you? Any tips or tricks to bust it? Anecdotes about it being especially hillarious, or just ruined a good scene for you?
Personally, in the last session of my L5R game, I think it really hampered my ability to deliver a compelling scene for one of my players. What could have been an awesome meet, ended up being a bit of a gloss due to my uncertainty on things. I don't think the player minded, but looking at what happened in game, and compared to what I had planned for it before hand. totally different scenarios.
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