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Strip 536

7th Sep 2017, 12:00 AM in Cave of No Return
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Strip 536
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Malroth 7th Sep 2017, 4:39 AM edit delete reply
He can't act, can't design a puzzle, throws multiple CR+6 encounters at under geared parties, doesn't allow optimal builds, Puts traps in nonsensical locations, and has such bad tactics that some of his CR+insane encounters LOOSE because he forgets to use an ability. Why do they let him DM again?
lakiel 7th Sep 2017, 8:10 AM edit delete reply
Obviously because none of the rest of his group wanted to DM. isn't that how most DM's get started?
Otaku 7th Sep 2017, 9:52 AM edit delete reply
Not to nitpick, but I'd amend that to "How most GM's get established."

...okay, that still is a nitpick, but it leads into a bit of storytime. Besides encompassing multiple rule sets, it just lines up better with my experience. Until they try it and realize how hard it is to be the GM, most players I know want to be the one in charge.

Then reality sets in and it is as you say, Iakiel. My original RPG group, which used a couple different rule sets, eventually had one guy being the DM with the then new D&D 3e rules. Why? Because the rest of us who tried were terrible at it (including me), and the only person who was better... well, he kept ending campaigns before they were actually over because he'd grown tired of them. By that time, we all knew it (including himself), and he just wanted to be a player. The #2 guy was always wanting the job, and at least he wouldn't burn out on us.
The Chessmaster 7th Sep 2017, 11:32 AM edit delete reply
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There's also another factor. Learning to play takes time, but learning to be a DM takes even longer. The first few campaigns I ran were a war between me and the players, and wound up depressingly similar to DM of the Rings. I'm still not perfect, but I've learned to work with the players, incorporate their ideas and fess up when I make a mistake, and it's made a huge difference.

In the short term, I agree that Fowle is a terrible DM. But he can't improve unless he runs some rough games and has his share of screw-ups.
Tatsurou 8th Sep 2017, 4:41 PM edit delete reply
Is the last text bubble supposed to be yellow?
Registered 11th Sep 2017, 8:39 PM edit delete reply

Whelp, this goes to show why shared DMing is a bad thing in most cases: Suddenly, you got the same NPC with like 7 personalities.

Then again, I can't complain: A big part about DMing is knowing when and how to gimp yourself, and I'm already screwing up the player part of that, so I surely wouldn't be able to do much better than Fowle.
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