I’ve been trying to think back and remember my first time as a GM and, nope… I am drawing a blank. Isn’t that weird?
I know that I was gaming very young and played in all manner of RPGs from around the time we were in middle-school. It started with Traveller and some D&D. I got into RuneQuest in the very early 1980s when my Dad bought the boxed set. From there on out, I was an aspiring GM.
There are four games I was playing at home in-between the group sessions – for want of a better phrase, I was playing these games solo: RuneQuest, Star Frontiers, Rolemaster, and Palladium Fantasy.
I think it’s most likely that I ran some games of Rolemaster first… and that’s simply because I remember being the loudest champion of that system. That said, I know that in the later 1980s, the Rolemaster campaign was being run by two other friends.
I made the almost permanent shift to GMing at the tail end of the 1990s. Once I began to host the Friday Night Roleplayers, being the GM was my default. But it’s the most curious thing that I don’t remember my first sessions behind the GM’s Screen. Perhaps they were so bad that I expunged them from my memory.