RuneQuest Classic Edition (2e), p. 116:

A new referee should begin simply. Plan to have a couple of beginning players, monsters, and few opportunities for error. Test a few rules at a time, and be prepared to check the book as necessary, and always discuss rules questions with the players – it’s their game, too! Working together, a few trial attempts will instill you with confidence (or convince you that you don’t want to referee).

This was written in 1980. 1980. I love this.

10 thoughts on “RuneQuest Classic Edition (2e), p. 116:

  1. More, from the next page: Experienced referees and players often forget how confusing and difficult a role-playing game is for beginners. Referees especially should make an effort to teach their players the easy way to do things, enforce the proper sequences, and answer questions which disrupt the game. If you are a beginning referee, it can be very difficult. We advise that the referee prepare some simple scenarios using these guidelines.

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    Great ideas for running games for newbies follows.]]>