This week, Magpie Games launched its Curated Play Program. Simply put; if you’ve wanted to play Masks via virtual tabletop like Roll20 but could never find anyone to play with, Magpie will act as GM and player-finder.
You can see the schedule and book tickets here.
It’s not free, but tickets typically cost $10.
The first two games, a game by Joie Martin and a campaign by Simon Moody, have sold out.
As you’ll be paying for this, there is a customer service agreement and turning up on time and having a stable internet connection, is up to you, not Magpie.
The customer service agreement also contains Magpie’s policies around acceptable behaviours. Deadnaming, misgendering and microaggressions are all prohibited. Rightly so.
The rise of professional GMs is a reasonably recent topic and sometimes a heated one. Magpie’s curated play program feels both like a nice thing to do during a global lockdown but also possibly a new reference point in the pay-to-play debates.
What do you think? Are you against all forms of paid GMing, or is this a smart and thoughtful offer from Magpie?