Tabletop Thursday – Once a DM…

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I always find myself on the “tables” side of the GM’s screen, with the maps and the charts and the dice and the minis and the story.  It’s been that way since I started gaming.  I don’t know how it happens, but every time we decide to get a game of any kind going, I always find myself in the drivers seat.

Don’t get me wrong…I always have a blast doing it.  I mean, what’s not to love?  I’m in control, I’m telling the story, I get to be the bad guy, I get to try and confound the players at every turn.  I can tell I’m doing a good job of it when the players never know who to trust.  It’s a lot of fun, being god.  And I guess I do OK at it, cause everyone keeps asking me to do it.

But for once, I’d like to sit on the “picture side” of the DM’s Screen.  I’d like to invest in a single character, be able to creat a voice and a personality for that one character, instead of acting out every Gollum-sounding goblin and Scottish accented dwarf the players come across.  I need to be a player for a while.

I think there are several things driving me to wanting to play vs DM.  First would be the new D&D 4E rules.  Watching the players learn each others abilities, and then use them to thwart their opponents is just too much fun.  I want to be the one doing the thwarting.  I want to be able to play a Paladin and use an Invigorating Smite to bring down my enemy and heal myself and my allies.  I want to take a character from lowly 1st level up to godlike 30th level, and beyond.  I want to invest myself in a character and feel fear when he drops to 0 hit points and is three saving throws away from leaving this plane for the afterlife.

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Secondly, I have been listening to several  D&D podcasts of game sessions.  These players in these podcasts are Scott Kurtz from PvPonline, Gabe and Tycho from Penny Arcade, and Wil Wheaton of Star Trek:TNG and geek writing fame.  And these guys are having a blast.  They truly are having fun, and that is the type of fun that I really want to experince again.

So what’s a fella to do?  I don’t have time nor inclination to seek out another group.  None of my crew wants to GM, they’re having too much fun, and they don’t have to do any pre-work.  I thought about trying to find an online game, but that lacks the face-to-face interaction that I crave in being part of an adventuring party.

I guess I will just keep on DMing.  I’m good at it, and my players enjoy it.  And maybe convince one of the players to take over for an evening and use one of the Dungeon Delve adventures and let me play that Paladin, even if only for an evening.  Might help to scratch that itch.

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One Response to “Tabletop Thursday – Once a DM…”

  1. […] for myself, and go and particpate in the Worldwide D&D Game Day.  As I had been bitching about back in this post, I’m always the GM, and never a player, and I wanted to try my hand at playing.  So I called […]

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