(and so can you..?) (too obvious?)
I’m going to chalk this post up to still being sick combined with reading a lot of Old School stuff recently…
So… This guy.
Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you I’m a big advocate for a strong DM presence at the table. I believe in the traditional role of the DM as storyteller and judge rolled into one and I think the best games (I think) maintain a strong partnership between the DM and the PCs.
But that guy up there? Wait, so I’m a youngin’ just getting into D&D and my role-model for being a DM is a super weird lookin’ little gnome who speaks in riddles, inserts himself into the adventure all the time, seems determined to do his best to get the PCs frustrated, and just — overall — is kind of a D-bag. That’s who I’m supposed to model myself after when I sit behind the screen? Seriously, no wonder we got a generation of D&Ders which spawned so many bad DMS. No wonder the perception of the DM is so low.
This guy was a Master at being a jerk. He led the PCs around with vague promises they could find their way home (even though he had no intention of EVER delivering), pushed them around by often being the quest-giver (in his own voice), and effectively taught an entire generation of DMs the meaning of railroading.
Forget what I said above. I’m not the Dungeonmaster. I don’t want to be that guy. I’m lucky that I was young enough when I watched it that I didn’t really get the whole “DM schtick.” I wanted to be Hank and date Sheila… though I was also young enough not to understand “dating” really. Also a good thing.
But back to DM-Weirdyjerk. Seriously. Don’t be that guy. We have — as D&D fans — a perfect case-study of how not to be a DM preserved for us in the D&D Cartoon DVDs. Watch, and learn.
Thanks, as always, for reading. (Don’t want to be sick no more!)