For GMs


We Need Game Masters!
Want to GM a game for Saturday Night Space Opera? Come lead a party to certain doom! We're always looking for more game masters to expand our galactic empire.

What does SNSO provide?

We'll handle promotion of your game as part of Saturday Night Space Opera, to help you attract players. This means adding you to our schedule of events, here on our website and broadcasting through various social media platforms (Twitter, Google Plus, etc.). The signal gets a boost at the Source with flyers in the store, on their weekly e-newsletter, and on their events calendar.

The night of your game, we typically provide:
  • A table sign so players can find you
  • Specially designed tabletop name tags so you and your players get to know one another
  • Extra pencils

Will there be food?

Saturday Night Space Opera does not provide refreshments. However, the Source will allow outside food from nearby restaurants (but no alcohol). They also have snacks and beverages. Fantasy Flight Games has a bar and grill. All participants are expected to follow facility rules and behave accordingly.

What do you suggest for my first game?

For your first game, you'll want to make it as easy as possible for players to dive right in. We highly recommend you run a one-shot adventure that can be played start-to-finish. You're always free to continue with a campaign, but we've learned in our own SNSO games that players really want a gratifying game experience the first time out and that'll keep them coming back for more.

How much time will I get to run my game?

We have a standing reservation with the Source 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the second Saturday of every month (barring some holidays). Don't be fooled: it's not as short as it seems--we pack a lot into those hours! We also schedule games at Fantasy Flight, which is open until midnight on Saturdays. Much of our scheduling and promotion is done through our Google Plus page. We recommend you join there to keep up with the RSVP activity and other announcements.

What time should I come?

We advertise a start time of 6:00 p.m. Generally, there's introductions and set up and the game begins no later than 6:30 p.m. Still, game masters are expected to be at the table and prepared to run the game by the start time. Plan on setting up 20-30 minutes before the advertised time, just to be safe.

What should I bring?

Game masters are expected to bring everything needed to play. Including:
  • Game manuals - we recommend you bring your own GM book and at least one for players to pass around. Quick start packets for players (by you or a publisher) are also great and save a lot of time
  • Character sheets (see below)
  • Accessories like dice, tokens, miniatures (if needed)
  • Enough writing materials for all players (pencils, pens, scratch paper)
Those running tabletop games are expected to bring all board or card game materials need to play (all pieces, expansions, etc.). You'll need to let us know ahead of time how many players your game can accommodate so we don't overbook availability.

Will there be time for players to create characters from scratch?

We've had a lot of luck with pre-generated characters at previous games. You don't have to flesh out fully formed player characters, but templates are a great way to get players quickly engaged, while still allowing for some customization.

If you have enough players already committed to an upcoming campaign, feel free to do a session of character generation! We just want your game to be successful and we've found pregens are the best way to go.

What kind of game should I run?

The sky's the limit, but be sure to run something you're comfortable running. Here's a list of RPG systems we'd love to see at a future Saturday Night Space Opera:
  • 2300 AD
  • Alterntity
  • Black Hack
  • Cosmic Patrol
  • Cthuhlu Tech
  • Cypher System (also: Numenera or The Strange)
  • D6 Space
  • Diaspora
  • Dr. Who
  • Eclipse Phase
  • Fading Suns
  • FATE Core 
  • Firefly
  • GURPS
  • Last Parsec
  • Marvel Superheroes (FASERIP) set in Marvel Cosmic universe
  • Metamorphosis Alpha
  • Mindjammer
  • RIFTS
  • Ringworld
  • Robotech
  • Rocket Age
  • Savage Worlds
  • SPACE: 1889
  • Space Opera 
  • Spelljammer
  • Starblazer Adventures 
  • Starfinder
  • Star Frontiers
  • Starjammer
  • Starships & Spacemen
  • Star Explorer
  • Star Trek (FASA, Modiphius, Far Trek)
  • Star Wars (West End Games / WotC Saga / Fantasy Flight Games)
  • Stars Without Number
  • Strange Stars (FATE, OSR, etc.)
  • Tekumel
  • Traveller, Mega Traveller or Thousand Suns
  • Uncharted Worlds
  • Universe  
  • White Star
  • X-plorers
  • ...or your favorite system!
Didn't see what you want to run? Mix it up! Want to run Mass Effect game using Feng Shui rules? A steampunk campaign on Jupiter's moons with Ubiquity rules? A Shadowrun scenario using Fiasco? Futurama Firefly anyone? Sounds cool--LET'S MAKE IT HAPPEN!

How do I get started?

We need to hear from you, use our CONTACT page to let us know the following:
  • Your name and contact info
  • What game (include the publisher and edition)
  • Your availability, we run our games on Saturdays, other dates might be flexible if we know far enough in advance
  • A brief paragraph about the adventure you're running, to help promote your game
  • How many players you'd like
  • What materials you'll bring (most players are okay to bring their own standard polyhedral dice)
  • BONUS: Join our Google plus page!
Once we've discussed plans, we'll get the word out about your game!

More tabletop games!

Board and card gamers are also welcome to join the fleet! These are just a few we could think of:
  • ALIENS
  • Android: Netrunner
  • Battle Beyond Space
  • Battlestar Galactica 
  • Battlestations
  • Chasomas
  • Conquest of Planet Earth (series)
  • Cosmic Encounter
  • Destiny Aurora: Renegades
  • DUNE (dice or board game)
  • Eclipse
  • Escape From the Aliens in Outer Space
  • Firefly board game
  • Full Thrust
  • Galactic Emperor
  • Galaxy Defenders
  • Galaxy Trucker
  • Invasion From Outer Space: The Martian Game
  • Lazer Ryderz
  • Mars Attacks dice game
  • Mars Attacks miniatures game
  • Merchant of Venus
  • Mission: Red Planet
  • Race for the Galaxy
  • Renegade Legion
  • Rex: Final Days of an Empire
  • Roll for the Galaxy
  • Silent Death
  • Space Cadets
  • Space Empires
  • Space Hulk
  • Space Movers
  • StarCraft
  • Star Munchkin
  • Star Fleet Battles
  • Star Realms
  • Star Trek Ascendancy
  • Star Trek Catan
  • Star Trek: Fleet Captains
  • Star Trek miniatures (Wizkids)
  • Star Trek Panic
  • Star Wars: Imperial Assault
  • Star Wars Rebellion
  • Star Wars: X-wing
  • Tau Ceti: Planetary Crisis
  • Twilight Imperium
  • X-COM
  • Xia: Legends of a Drift System
  • You name it!

Anything else?

Be sure to check out the Events page as well for information about the venues we game at. Each facility has their own rules and regulations for participating in public games.

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