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    If yes, what does this say about you as a GM?

    If no, why, and what does this say about you as a GM?

    For me... Yes, I would. It wouldn't necessarily be my FAVORITE game, because I tend to run seat of my pants style, and I don't mind a game with more preset details. But I feel that I've got a reasonable grasp of making a game fun, and have enough experience that I could make a game I myself would enjoy. There's definitely better GMs out there, DEFINITELY in terms of prep work and also definitely in terms of improv, but I'm not bad, in my opinion.

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    I'm in a similar boat. I run a very... "rules accurate" game, full of new content (and, not infrequently, a few rules changes) to Explore. But... I'm not the best GM, and I don't enjoy GMing. So... 5-15 clones of myself, all arguing over who has to run the game vs who gets to run Quertus, would be entertaining in its own right, but, as you said, while I'd play in and enjoy my own games, they probably wouldn't be my favorite.

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    I'd be happy to play in any game, at this point.

    I'm running a frontier-wilderness sandbox right now, and I think I'd enjoy playing a similar game as well. I miss focusing on one character. I always thought that DMs run the kind of games they wish they could play in.

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    Of course. If any GM would not play in their own game, it seems a red flag. I could see exceptions to that like a prepublished module the GM has read through or played before, but if the game is not something the GM would play, why are they running it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComaVision View Post
    I'd be happy to play in any game, at this point.
    As a DM who falls under the situation Fable Wright calls "Single DM Syndrome" (whereby you're the only member of your group willing/capable to run games) with my local group, I do feel a similar notion.

    I would play in my own games if that were an option. They're usually well thought out adventures, though there are occasional silly moments.
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    No way! That jerk bails on the game too much to deal with "emergencies at work", and when he does sit down to play he acts all exhausted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geddy2112 View Post
    +1 to this.
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    I'd like to think I'd enjoy my own games. I run them as I wish other DMs would run them, within my ability. I try to put my money where my mouth is, so to speak.

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    Usually. I've GMed a couple of games in genres I wouldn't like to play in because my players liked those genres, but with those few exceptions I'd happily play in my own games.

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    I'd do it. It'd be a fun learning experience. It'd be fun to see what kind a DM I actually am, versus what kind I think I am.
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    I would play a game run by me as a DM/GM.

    However, I have the opposite problem of a lot of people. I prefer running games over playing in them. Most of the time that I play in a game I think about how much more fun it would be to run the game and I think primarily about what I would do if I was running. So while I would enjoy the game, I would still be wanting to DM rather than play.
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    No way! That jerk bails on the game too much to deal with "emergencies at work", and when he does sit down to play he acts all exhausted.

    I hate that guy
    Pretty sure you just channeled everyone on the board over 30. We all work to damn much.

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    Pretty sure you just channeled everyone on the board over 30. We all work to damn much.

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    I'm probably guilty of running the game I wish I could play in, sometimes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redwizard007 View Post
    Pretty sure you just channeled everyone on the board over 30. We all work to damn much.
    Most everyone on the board, really. I'm not 30, but I've worked my fair share of 70-80 hour weeks, and there's not a lot of prep (or gaming) that happens those weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max_Killjoy View Post
    I'm probably guilty of running the game I wish I could play in, sometimes.
    Considering how many people here are clamoring for a game, I wouldn't feel guilty. Maybe if you rubbed in the fact that you are running a game where they can't be players into their faces a bit.

    I'm going to buck the trend and say...I try to, but I'm probably not good at it. I like making settings, and I fear this bleeds over into my play style. I like to think I am at least aware of it and try to be respectful of the DM's work and creativity, but I'm probably not very good at it.
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    Well, not while I was running it, but yes.

    If someone ran my game for me, then I would certainly play in it. I run what I do because I enjoy it, and nobody else runs it, so I never get to play it. It's okay though, I greatly enjoy running games too.
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    No way! That jerk bails on the game too much to deal with "emergencies at work", and when he does sit down to play he acts all exhausted.

    I hate that guy
    You know, I was going to make a complicated post, detailing the effects of different GMing skills that one enjoys vs has, but, really, this is is a far more accessible and succinct way of pointing out that one is not always the GM that one might prefer.

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    Trick question ? Technically DMs already play in their own game. Including if they wish to as an NPC adventurer as part of the players for whatever reason .

    If you mean the house rules , the setup the world and npc,s I made then yes .
    But it is no longer my game when a DM takes over even if he uses all that .
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    ...huh. That's a really interesting question. I like it.

    I think I'd play in my games, yeah. I'd be a little frustrated on occasion when it seemed like I the DM was underprepared, but I always try to set the game up in a way that appeals to me. The one thing I'd really appreciate is the narrative freedom I give my players.
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    I'd definitely play in my own games. I always make sure that my games are things that I'm enthusiastic about, so I'd definitely jump at the chance to play in one of them.
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    Yeah, my preferences as a player are very similar to my preferences as a GM. Though the player me would probably wish the GM me was less freaking lazy...

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    I would not really want me to gm for me, the same way that I wouldn't want a gm that I know so well, I could practically read the mind. No real surprises, no real challenge in that.

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    Why wouldn't I want to play in the campaigns of the best and most humble Gamemaster I know?

    The other way around though, I really wouldn't like to run a game for me as a player. Too egocentric and spotlight-hogging.
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    I run the kind of game I'd like to play, so if I encountered an alternate-universe clone of myself I'd absolutely take a seat at their table. It'd be nice to have a GM who gives plenty of opportunities to roleplay and integrates character backstories. Sure, maybe I could take a reasonable guess at the overall shape of the campaign, but I also have a penchant for last-minute sudden bouts of inspiration so I'm fairly sure I could surprise myself.

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    i actually do, i setup scenarios and run multiple character types though them. i do solo runs and standard team comps to get a feel for them.

    the trick is to separate what I know with what my Character knows. each character has a particular preference to a specific number (1-10) for RNG and that /# of choices indicates

    if i want to build a story i break out things like a zombies board game for dungeon design (its a tile game), roll on encounter tables and place the resulting mess in the dungeon in a balanced fashion. just because my i know the trick to the puzzle doesn't mean my characters do.


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    How much would could he chuck?: a wizards pet woodchuck has gone berserk after an experiment and run off to the nearby enchanted forest, he has asked that you go and bring him back alive. he must be knocked out before using a specialized ointment to dispel the effects of the experiments. (there is more in the woods than just the woodchuck, and he chucks trees at the party; how many? as many as you let him MUAHAHAHA)





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    I'm currently running two campaigns. One is going into its fourth year, and as a consequence uses a system I no longer enjoy much. I'd play it, because I haven't been a player for years, and I miss it. The other I'd play with unequivocal relish, though I'd be sad to be coming a little late to it.
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    Yes! Though, because DMPCs are frowned upon, when I get the urge I usually just remind myself that there is nothing stopping me from writing a novel (or recording my results in a truly solo game).

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    In a heartbeat, although I'd like to play darker games than I feel comfortable running for my friends. I'm definitely missing being a player, but thankfully I've been able to foster a play style that encourages new DMs to step in and try their hand, all in the same world even.

    I've also figured out how to channel my desire to play DMPCs satisfactorily. They're called villains.
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    How are we interpreting this question?

    Literally?
    Then no when possible, because DMPCs get a bad rep, and I don't want to spoil the fun for my players. Sometimes, I've had no choice but to become part of the party, but in the event I do so, I try to play a support role, and work my way out of the party dynamic at the earliest convenience.

    Would I play in a game that is like the games I run?
    Yes. I make the games I want to play and try to find like minded players. It usually works out. My sandboxes are huge, and my dungeon-divers are action packed. I reward players for being creative and thoughtful, using their skills wisely, and interacting with the world I create, and my campaigns do not require mad optimization skills to play. I'm always careful to make time for the players' back story to integrate with the plot when possible, and I make sure the spotlight lands squarely on the PCs, not the DM. It's my world, but it's their story. I win when everyone has a great time, and still talks about their special moments in the game years later. At the risk of sounding arrogant, I'm the kind of DM I'd be a PC for.
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