GenCon 2020 Game Master

Spokane, United States

Short summary of the job: Experienced Tabletop Role-Playing Game Masters to run multiple sessions at GenCon in Indianapolis, Indiana over a 4 day span. Will be provided with a GM Badge. Must attend RPG Research weekly training and gain diplomas before events.


Run Role-Playing Games




Dynamic Convention Environment

Achieve High GM Ratings from Players

Pace adventure within time allotted

Must Have

Extensive GM Experience

Must attend RPG Research GM Training

Must achieve diplomas before August 25th

Detailed Description

We need more Game Masters for our upcoming events at GenCon!


Candidates must attend at least one training session per week (4 hours each), and be available at GenCon in Indianapolis, Indiana. If unable to attend training in person, training can be provided remotely, but during GenCon itself you must attend in person (GenCon badge will be provided).

Our senior trainers have more than 40 years RPG experience, plus over 35 years of research and evidence-in-practice on how to optimize the RPG experience. Our founder has been a paid professional GM since 1983.

GenCon 4-day pass provided to Game Masters that provide at least four 4-hour sessions of full tables (4-6 players per session). This means you'll be free the rest of the days to enjoy GenCon!

Game Masters will be on rotating shifts of 4 hours, so that you will have appropriate breaks and not burn-out.

Our programs have been featured at GenCon, WorldCon, SpoCon, ZoeCon, VICE, Twitch, Youtube, and more!

We are willing to train the right exceptional candidates who demonstrate strong abilities, performance skills, commitment level, work ethic, communication skills, enthusiasm, and long term dedication.

Since 1983, RPG Research's founder has been studying the effects of music and role-playing games, and their potential to improve lives, through our research, live streams, recorded media content, online training, and community programs.

The 501(c)3 non-profit research and human services charitable organization RPG Research (http://www.rpgresearch.com ) has multiple openings for Role-playing Game Master Trainees, Levels 1 through 4, specifically for our upcoming events at GenCon 2020.

To be considered for this position, please also complete the 2nd step application form on our website: https://w3.rpgresearch.com/volunteer/application-form/

This is a volunteer unpaid opportunity.

Reports To: Programs Director

Days/Hours: Part-time, 4+ hours/week for training. 8+ hours per day during GenCon event. Some flexibility on which days and times..

Training schedules may vary, but example days/times available (attend one per week) (Pacific time):

    Sundays 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

    Mondays 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm

    Saturdays 1 pm to 5 pm]

Note: RPG Research's training diplomas are applicable toward the Certified RPG Professional certifications offered by RPG Therapeutics LLC.

To expedite the hiring process, after completing the Indeed.com form, then complete the second step application on our site here: https://w3.rpgresearch.com/volunteer/application-form

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

    Prepare and run tabletop RPG sessions at various locations at GenCon convention.

    Typically 3-6 players per session.
    Maintain compliance with GenCon Code of Conduct.
    Maintain compliance with RPG Research's rules and guidelines, including GM Code of Conduct.
    Complete assessment forms when appropriate.
    Prepare character sheets for participants to choose from.
    Run adventures ranging from "one shots" to multi-session adventures.
    Address any group interpersonal issues, and maintain players compliance with RPG Research Player Code of Conduct.
    Attend either in-person or remote training at least one session per week (4 hours)
    Complete self-training materials (videos, essays, assignments, etc.)
    Complete quizzes/tests (usually at training session).
    Demonstrate excellent work ethic through regular timely attendance and regular communication.


    Must pass background check before allowed to work with clients. (May begin in-lab training before background check completion).
    Comprehensive knowledge of role-playing game system rules.
    Assertive (not aggressive) presence with confident but warm, friendly, empathetic, and compassionate communication style.
    Plan on a minimum 6 month commitment
    Okay with being on camera for live streaming (we live-stream most of our training sessions)

Optional but helpful:

    Experienced theatrical acting skills
    Effective voice acting skills
    Experience working with children
    Experience working with special needs or at-risk populations of all ages
    Experience volunteering in community or school settings
    Experience with gaming conventions

* Formats include: tabletop (RPG / TRPG / TTRPG), live-action (LRPG / Larp), electron / computer-based (ERPG / CRPG), and hybrids (HRPG) such as solo adventure books and modules (SABM).

Core Competencies (will train)

    Organizational skills
    Strong understanding of group dynamics & development
    Conflict resolution skills
    Storytelling skills
    Verbal and written communication skills.
    Enthusiastic communication style that excites others with your passion about the topics discussed.
    "Can do" attitude, and an eye for seeing where people need help before they have to ask.
    Outgoing presence.
    Well organized approach to preparing for game sessions and tracking participant progress
    Passionate supportive energy
    Enthusiasm for learning

Working Conditions

Game Master will frequently work at RPG Research offices, studio(s), mobile game facilities, or other locations including but not limited to:

    Community centers
    Educational institutions
    Care facilities
    Internet broadcast studio(s)
    Mobile gaming facilities such as the Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer and/or RPG Bus at various locations.

Compensation:Volunteer (no financial compensation).

Job Types: Part-time, Temporary, Internship (on case-by-base basis depending on your educational institute's policies).

Salary: $0.00 /year (Volunteer position only)

Job Types: Part-time, Temporary

Salary: $0.00 /hour
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Incredible experience at world's largest hands-on tabletop gaming convention (over 70,000 participants last year)!

Free weekly training (required).

Qualifying volunteers can receive a free GM badge good for access throughout GenCon events during their off-shift time.