Meet the Jovial GM!

Simon Fiasco, a.k.a., The Jovial GM, is a long-time player of role-playing games stretching all the way back to 1981. His first taste of what would become a lifelong hobby began with one of the earliest editions of Dungeons & Dragons, and he was hooked from that moment on. Since that time, he’s played every edition of D&D, plus dozens of other RPGs, including Pathfinder, Shadowrun, Star Wars (all the various editions!), Aberrant, various Fate games, Rolemaster, Amber Diceless, 13th Age, and many more. His current favorite is Fantasy Flight Games’ Genesys RPG, which encourages more narrative play through an innovative dice system.

An experienced writer and improvisational actor holding a degree in psychology, Simon creates massive, living worlds into which his players can immerse themselves. He currently lives in Wichita, Kansas with his amazing partner and three obstreperous cats.

Why Choose the Jovial GM?

Decades of Experience

With nearly four decades of RPG experience, The Jovial GM possesses the knowledge, skills, and talents necessary to provide an enjoyable game, whether it’s a one-shot adventure or a long-term campaign.

A New Hobby

Are you new to role-playing games? The Jovial GM takes the time to make sure you’re ready to take your character on an epic adventure, teaching you the rules of the game with patience and understanding.

Sandbox Adventures

For those seeking an extended campaign, play the game your way! The Jovial GM crafts living, breathing experiences where the player characters take an active roll in changing the fabric of the world!

A Friendly Environment

Before starting the game, The Jovial GM will provide the players with a survey to determine which subjects to avoid when planning out the campaign world. While in-game, players can use an X-Card to skip situations making them uncomfortable.

The Little Details that Matter

Whether it’s unparalleled narrative description, custom battle maps and tokens, or books for a variety of games, The Jovial GM comes prepared, ready to create a shared world with you and your group. He’ll even bring the snacks!

Wichita and Beyond!

Live in Wichita, Kansas? The Jovial GM will come to you and run a game either at your house or a location of your choice (so long as you have the permission of the proprietor)! Outside of the Wichita metro area? Talk to him about travel rates! And don’t forget, he runs online games, too!

Pricing

I offer a variety of pricing options for both online and face-to-face (live) gaming. Choose the one that’s right for you!

 
Beginner/One-Shot
Price Per Session
$75
Up to 4 New Players
A story with pre-generated characters played out over the course of one game session. No character creation required, just jump in and play!
Up to 4 Players
$15 Each for Additional Players
3 Hours Game Time
Pre-Generated Characters
One Hour to Cover Basics
Played Using Discord
Virtual Tabletop Options Available
Click HERE to get started!
Ongoing Campaign
Price Per Session
$125
Up to 4 Experienced Players!
A longer-term option for those who are looking to play the heroes (or maybe the villains!) in an epic tale! Adventure! Drama! Magic! Loot!
Up to 4 Players
$15 Each for Additional Players
3-4 Hours Game Time
Free Session Zero
Played Using Discord
Virtual Tabletop Options Available
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Team Building
Price Per Session
$250+
For Up to 8 Team Members!
Roleplaying games offer a unique team-building exercise, helping employees build bonds and work together creatively to overcome epic odds!
Options Up to 8 Team Members
4 or 8 Hour Sessions
3-4 Hours Game Time
Custom Character Workshop
Pre-Generated Characters Available
Played Using Discord or Zoom
Virtual Tabletop Options Available
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Beginner/One-Shot
Price Per Session
$150
For Up to 5 New Players!
A story with pre-generated characters played out over the course of one game session. No character creation required, just jump in and play!
Up to 5 Players
$25 Each for Additional Players
3-4 Hours Game Time
Books & Materials Provided
Pre-Generated Characters
On-Location
Snacks & Drinks Included!
Click HERE to get started!
Ongoing Campaign
Price Per Session
$200
For Up to 5 Experienced Players!
A longer-term option for those who are looking to play the heroes (or maybe the villains!) in an epic tale! Adventure! Drama! Magic! Loot!
Up to 5 Players
$25 Each for Additional Players
3-4 Hours Game Time
Books & Materials Provided
Free 2-Hour Session Zero
On-Location
Snacks & Drinks Included!
Click HERE to get started!
Team Building
Price Per Session
$350+
For Up to 16 Team Members!
Roleplaying games offer a unique team-building exercise, helping employees build bonds and work together creatively to overcome epic odds!
Options for up to 16 Players
4-8 Hour Sessions
Books & Materials Provided
Custom Character Workshop
Pre-Generated Characters Available
On-Location
Snack & Drink Options Available
Click HERE to get started!

The Jovial FAQ

While that’s not technically a question, it’s a valid concern! The Jovial GM has been teaching the basics of RPGs for decades and, with patience and care, has helped dozens of people – perhaps even hundreds! – enter the hobby. Keep in mind that, with new players, The Jovial GM will bring a D&D Starter Set, which includes pre-generated characters and a simplified version of the D&D rules.
The Jovial GM has been running games for nearly four decades and has experience with a broad spectrum of game systems. Currently, however, he is running Dungeons & Dragons 5E, 13th Age, The Dresden Files RPG (Fate), FFG’s Star Wars RPG, and a wide variety of settings for the Genesys system. If you’re interested in having him run a game in another system, let him know using the form below!
Aside from the books, The Jovial GM provides maps, a dry erase game mat for sketching out encounters, tokens for players and the creatures they will fight, and handouts specific to the campaign or story. Sometimes he brings props along, too, but don’t expect him to dress up as a mystic spellcaster, despite his wizardly beard.
Wichita, Kansas is the base of operations for The Jovial GM’s gaming, but he’s willing to consider taking trips out of the city and into the surrounding areas for a modest travel fee. Will he go farther? Maybe! Contact him using the below form to discuss travel expenses. After all, he did once travel 550 miles to watch a movie with a friend!
Why yes… yes he does! The Jovial GM loves to share his experiences and knowledge with fledgling gamemasters and Dungeon Masters! Contact him using the below form to find out more.
There’s nothing better than making a special event really special with an epic adventure. The Jovial GM is available for birthdays parties, company events, bachelor and bachelorette parties, divorce parties, even wakes and funerals. (Hey… sometimes you need to celebrate a friend taking a final rest from their lifelong adventure.)
You better believe he would. The Jovial GM started playing RPGs at the tender age of nine, and was running games as gamemaster by fourteen (possibly sooner, but his memory is hazy!). He would absolute joy in sharing the hobby with a new generation, just as he did with his own three children. If you represent a school or camp program interested in getting kids involved with RPGs, contact him using the form below!
There isn’t exactly an accredited school out there teaching how to be a gamemaster, but with nearly four decades of playing and running RPGs under his belt, The Jovial GM feels confident in his ability. As an experienced writer and improvisational actor, he’s practiced at creating content on the fly, melding it seamlessly with the events of the campaign world.
Very jovial. Jell-O™ belly jovial. Dad joke jovial. He’s so jovial, even Jupiter is jealous. (Didn’t get that joke? check out the origin of the world “jovial.”)
If he told you, he’d have to kill… your character.

How to Get Started!

Want to get started? It couldn't be easier. The following four steps will get you where you want to go!

Step One

Choose whether you want a one-shot, an ongoing campaign, or a team building event.

Step Two

Decide on a location for the event. (Remember to get permission if selecting an existing business!)

Step Three

Make your payment using PayPal, even if you don’t have a PayPal account!

Step Four

Relax and enjoy the game with your friends or co-workers! Let’s roll some dice!

Contact the Jovial GM!