Gamemaster's screen

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A variety of gamemaster's screens for different role-playing games.

A gamemaster's screen, also called a GM's screen, is a gaming accessory, usually made out of cardboard, used by the gamemaster to hide all the relevant data related to a tabletop role-playing game session, hiding them from the players in order to not spoil the plot of the story. It also hides any dice rolls made by the Gamemaster that he or she does not want players to see.

General description[edit]

Very often the front side of the screen just displays an illustration, usually related to the game's subject. The reverse side is most of the times filled with tables, rules and other useful gaming data.

Some role-playing games have an adapted name for their gamemaster's screen. Dungeon Masters Screen is the term used, for example, for the Dungeons & Dragons gamemaster's screen.

In addition to the official gamemaster's screens sold by professional gaming publishers, some customizable models are also available.[1][2]


  • Elric!: Gamemaster Screen[3]
  • Star Wars: Gamemaster Screen for Second Edition[4]
  • Hollow Earth Expedition Gamemaster Screen[5]
  • Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: GM's Screen[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ TWGS, for The World's Greatest Screen, an example of a customizable gamemaster's screen.
  2. ^ Savage Worlds Customizable GM Screen (S2P10002), Pinnacle Entertainment Group, 2003, 33.00 x 8.50 inches, ISBN 9781930855595
  3. ^ Elric!: Gamemaster Screen, Chaosium, 1994, ISBN 9781568820118
  4. ^ Bill Olmesdahl Star Wars: Gamemaster Screen for Second Edition, West End Games, 1992, ISBN 9780874311839
  5. ^ Hollow Earth Expedition Gamemaster Screen (EGS1002), Exile Game Studio, July 9, 2007, 11.1 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches, ISBN 978-1604024890
  6. ^ Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: GM's Screen, Paizo Publishing, LLC.; Brdgm edition, December 22, 2009, 11 x 8.6 x 0.4 inches, ISBN 978-1601252166