Being the Game Master

Playing games like Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder, and World of Darkness; one of the most critical members of the group is the GM or DM (Game Master or Dungeon Master). This individual is the one that must work to create and prepare all of the materials for each and every session.

They can choose to use pre-made modules where everything is laid out for them going in, however those individuals still must interpret what was created. They must work with that information and make it relevant to the players that they have in their sessions.
If someone is doing a homebrew they spend hours making all of the material themselves and then still must figure out how to make it relevant to the party.

Being the DM or GM is an exhausting job as you weave a story for hours on end that the players can totally destroy in a matter of moments. It can also be very rewarding as the players all experience a story that you weaved so well that they felt as though they were really in the story.

The greatest compliment to my abilities as a DM was when I had all of my players in tears around me because I told them a story about how someone in the game died protecting them.

I myself prefer to be one of the players because it is a lot of work to create and work on a campaign week after week, month after month, and all the players do is show up to play. With my current group there is no thanks for the work that I do and because of that I do get tired of telling the same story as the players keep following one major quest line. It helps me to switch gears and run a different story for a while, but my players hate that and complain saying that they love the last story so much they don’t want to leave it. Part of the problem is that once a story has been left we as a group never go back because the players graduate from college and leave, or summer time comes and everyone goes home. It is just very difficult to play in my current environment and I would love to have a group of about four dedicated players who were thankful for the effort that I put into each session.

Long post made short- Thank your Dungeon Master or Game Master today, they deserve it.


Players In League

This is not me trying to describe every player in League of Legends, nor am I saying that every person fits into one of these categories but I think for people playing the game it is important to note the different kinds of players.

The Troll- For a lack of a better name this is the player who joins a match and then proceeds to bring down their own players. This person is often very noticeable because they are spamming the chat box about how everyone else on their team sucks, or they might target just one player. They do not understand that it is okay to lose because experience will only make someone a better player.
When you are winning by a lot this player is not likely to open their mouth, but if it is a close game and you still pull out a victory. You can expect some remarks in the after game chat room.

The Gamer- This person is here to play competitively. They are often very good players and will help carry a team to victory if everyone else can keep up. They often do not say much in the chat except a few pieces of advice that will help someone in a later game. Overall this is a very fun person to play a game with.
However there are a few who just want to win and can take losing very sorely. They can make everything into a competition and become very upset if they do poorly, or the team does poorly.

The Player- This person is there to have fun. That is all they care about win or lose as long as the game is fun they will keep on playing. Not the best player on the team, nor are they the worst. They can bring a lot to the table given a chance and will make everyone else have fun while doing it.
The Player most often suffers the wrath of The Troll.

The Beginner- They are players who play Lane specific or maybe have a few certain champions that they play. They are just getting into the game and would like to have a chance to really practice. They tend to play a lot of games versus the AI before advancing to one of the other categories or just into one of their own.

The Surrenderer- This Player hits surrender and calls for a vote as soon as the game looks like it might be lost. They continuously call for a surrender every time anything bad happens the rest of the game and harasses everyone else if they do not vote yes to surrender the match. They do not want to “waste” their time and tend to make a lot of noise about it.

Another great post about players in games like League of Legends can be foundĀ HERE. While he uses different names and mentions the AFK player all in terms to education it is still a very good summation of players.

Day 28, D&D Challenge


PCs You Have Sworn Off Playing.

As the Dungeon Master there are some kinds of characters that just in nature are over powered. Often the players do not mean to be op but they can’t help it. Necromancers are at the top my list. No one is allowed to play one. There are some races that are the same way or archetypes. In general I keep a list of things I will not allow in my games.