Treasure Tables is in reruns from November 1st through December 9th. I’m writing a novel as part of National Novel Writing Month, and there’s no way I can write posts here while retaining my (questionable) sanity. In the meantime, enjoy this post from our archives.
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When I GM, I nearly always shave before the game — just as if I was going to work that day.

I’ve found this to be helpful, as it puts me in the right mindset: I want to bring my A game, pull off a polished performance and present the evening’s session well. I have no idea if shaving sends that signal to my players, but it certainly sends it to my brain.

(When I play, I usually don’t shave. It’s the weekend for a reason, right? I tend to be more relaxed as a player, and this ties into that, but not shaving doesn’t mean I can’t bring my A game — somehow, it’s different than when I GM.)

Apologies for the flat-out guy-centric tip, but it seemed useful enough to share. Is there a corresponding grooming chore for women that has a similar impact?
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Normally there’d be a discussion going on in the comments below, but due to time constraints I’ve turned off all comments during reruns — sorry about that! You can read the comments on the first-run version of this post, and if you need a GMing discussion fix, why not head on over to our GMing forums?