I Dungeon Master a weekly 3.5 game at my place every Saturday. Recently, three of my 5 players were out of gaming commission for a couple of weeks. One had to work the first of the two off-game saturdays. One was in Germany for two weeks with his wife, and another had to get things ready for his teaching job as school was about to start back up.
All this aside, my fighter decided he wanted to try running a mini-adventure to fill in the time during the week. I created a half-orc ranger - who turned out to be quite an interesting character, I might add - and prepared for the event. Zack had never DM'd a game before so I was'nt sure what to expect.
So, Monday evening rolled around, and he showed up at my place along with our paladin. We sat around the table ready to go. My girlfriend, who plays our hapless, what-the-hell rogue, sat around, ready to use her pretty new purple glittery dice I'd just bought to break her in as an official gamer. Her first set of her own dice. She loved it!
So anyway, after some hilarious dialogue, exptected newbie-DM mistakes, plenty of natural 1's, and (eventually) piles of dead zombies and skeletons...even a slightly overpowered mummy, we finished out the night on a rather eventful note.
Our newly-annointed DM did an all-in-all wonderful job, and presented a great storyline, great overall adventure planning, and a quite interesting twist-ending. He did an awesome job, and absolutely loved the whole DM'ing concept! Now he's obsessed with playing with the random treasure generator just for kicks, and he's learning a lot.
He'll actually be taking over the DM's seat for a side adventure for the full group - sans his own PC - with me getting to run Crog once more. I look forward to seeing what he has in store for us! The only concern is how much he'll not plan taking account our wizard's nack for doing an almost too-good job at crowd control.
I can't wait to see how it all plays out!
Mercutio The Valiant