As promised, I went screenless for last night’s game. As the proud owner of somewhere in the neighborhood of nine GM’s screens and a screen fanboy of nearly 20 years, this was big change for me.
And it was awesome. I felt more engaged with my players, I had more room to spread out my stuff, I didn’t feel naked because my players could see the major NPCs or my game notes — it just worked well across the board.
Part of that was probably because Burning Empires doesn’t require much Secret GM Stuff — no dungeon map, monsters awaiting their big reveal, etc. But it also worked because it’s a good approach in its own right, and I’m very glad I gave it a try. I’ll definitely be doing it again.