Heroes for Hire
Welcome to Heroes for Hire, a GameMastering Service for the East GTA (Greater Toronto Area, for those not local). Maybe you have had an interest in Tabletop RPGs, but didn't want to take on the daunting task of learning the rules for yourself. Perhaps, you have a group, but no GM. Or maybe you have been gaming for years and would like to try a new system. If any of these sounds familiar, you can recruit a prospective GameMaster to take you on a guided tour of another world.
If you are local to Toronto, or the area in/around Durham Region, I am happy to bring the game to your door, or a game cafe in your area. If you would like to play online, I am happy to work with your group to schedule a time that works for you. I can run a one-off session to give the players a taste of a setting, or schedule a regularly occurring campaign arc, as required.
If you would like to have a character and story line tailored for you and your group, get in touch with me. Let's see what adventures we can have.
What I Offer
01 / Character Building
The opportunity to step into a new campaign or setting with a character you have designed yourself always creates a greater sense of personal investment.
02 / Custom Campaign
You've got characters but do the pre-published adventures not play to your group's strengths? Work with me to develop a story that your group will truly enjoy and shine within.
03 / Where & When
If you have issues with local groups not running on nights you're free, tailor your game to your own schedule. Let's discuss your group's timetable and find a time that fits your needs.
In addition to the level of customization available to prospective groups, there are several game systems I am willing to bring to the table. These span several genres of game that will hopefully appeal to your players and inspire us to tell a great story.
So, who are you?
Hello there. My name is Jason. I am a father, I am Canadian. I am also a complete and utter nerd.
I have been playing RPGs since I was in University and I instantly fell in love with the idea of telling a story as a group. Shortly after finding the hobby, I tried playing multiple systems and eventually, I found Shadowrun. I found my niche. At the time, Shadowrun was in it's Third Edition, but I latched onto the setting. The mix of fantasy and sci-fi was what I had been looking for. Finding GMs for the game proved to be tricky, so I took on the task of learning how to GameMaster on my own. I received the Third Edition core rules for my 21st birthday and I never looked back.
I have been GameMastering ever since.
I love weaving an intricate tale. I love multi-faceted characters. I love crafting a puzzle and watching a group of laughing friends decipher and solve that puzzle.
If you've been in the Toronto area gaming community, you may have seen me at many of the local gaming conventions, running Shadowrun as a Catalyst Agent (Agent #192 - Insomniac). Whether at a convention or a local game store, I have been running public demos of Shadowrun in Durham Region since 2006, travelling as far as Hamilton or Ottawa for Canadian conventions, even running demos at GenCon in 2015.
During the 20 years I've been GMing, I've authored a cyberpunk novel and I've picked up a couple other systems along the way, ranging from swashbuckling hijinx in 7th Sea, surviving the zombie hordes in All Flesh, or travelling the `Verse in Firefly. Regardless of the setting, I am a definite fun-before-rules style GM. I like action and adventure and will often bend a rule in order to allow an entertaining scene to unfold, rather than allow rules to interfere with the story.
If you've ever wanted to try something new and you feel that my game style fits your own, lets carry on a conversation and see what I can do for your group.
What's this Gonna Cost Me?
So, all of this sounds pretty cool, right? But there's the real question... how much does all of this custom goodness cost me? Less than you might think...
01 / Character Building
Character Building can be a time consuming process, flipping between rule books and trying to find a balance that represents your vision for the character, while still being effective in game.
Let me sit down with your group and work with them to develop a full character concept. I will then take your idea and build it into something you will enjoy to play in all the games to come.
Consultation & Finished Product: $15 per person, minimum of $60
02 / GM a Game
Whether your group lacks a GM, they want a break from running the show, or you'd like to try a new system on for size, I am willing to run a game for you.
If you're geographically close, I can bring the game to you in person. Otherwise, we can game online over your chat application of choice. I will run Board Games over Tabletop Simulator. All gaming sessions will include a rules/mechanical tutorial for players new to the game.
Board Game Session:
$20 per hour
$100 for 4 hours
03 / Custom Campaign
Are you a GM who prefers to run pre-written modules, as the idea of writing the material yourself seems daunting? Does your group want material tailored to their backstory?
I have been writing my own gaming material for 20 years and will design a one-off adventure or ongoing campaign for you in a short summary, or modeled off of available published works, for your group to have something unique for them to explore.
Adventures Designed: Starting at $50
With each member of the group chipping in a handful of dollars, you can buy an afternoon or evening of entertainment for only $20 per person, or less! There are few activities out there anymore that can entertain you for hours for that amount. You'll even have money left for pizza and drinks! Combination discounts are available, so be sure to inquire about campaigns or other options.
"Jay is exceptional at [running games]! For anyone who is new or really experienced at RPG, he makes it fun for everyone! I highly recommend him!"
Jeanette S. / Paramedic / Novice Gamer
Great DM. Never stalled. Knew his stuff!
Super prepared and ready for anything. Amazing descriptions!
Anonymous Shadowrun Reviews / Breakout Convention 2017 / Toronto, ON