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    good one.
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    Here is a "just because I am wondering" question. How did the term "Dungeon Master" originate? Also, nowadays, there are many terms for the person who "runs" a roleplaying game (storyteller, game master, referee, judge, etc.). Of course it really makes no difference what one is called, but have you ever used variations of the term? I usually use DM when I am running D&D and "Game Master" when I am running other RPGs, and I am not sure why I developed the habit.

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    did "game master" come about because it fit better for non-D&D RPGs?
    don't quote me on that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BOZ
    did "game master" come about because it fit better for non-D&D RPGs?
    Actually, I think "game master" came about because TSR trademarked "Dungeon Master" and "DM".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Col_Pladoh
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    In my campaign, I gave one of the characters +2 long sword that always tells true North; it's either Viking or Canadian in origin, obviously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Contrarian
    Actually, I think "game master" came about because TSR trademarked "Dungeon Master" and "DM".
    that would have been my second guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by airwalkrr
    Here is a "just because I am wondering" question. How did the term "Dungeon Master" originate? Also, nowadays, there are many terms for the person who "runs" a roleplaying game (storyteller, game master, referee, judge, etc.). Of course it really makes no difference what one is called, but have you ever used variations of the term? I usually use DM when I am running D&D and "Game Master" when I am running other RPGs, and I am not sure why I developed the habit.
    Howdy!

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    To the best of my knowledge the term "Dungeon Master" was coined by some unknown D&D game fan and used first in a fanzine. It cought on immediately. "Game MAster" was coined soon thereafter by those that did not want their RPG to be confused with D&D.

    So of course the little Lejendary Adventure FRPG has "Lejend Masters"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by haakon1
    In my campaign, I gave one of the characters +2 long sword that always tells true North; it's either Viking or Canadian in origin, obviously.
    Pish!

    It is most certainly Chinese


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    Quote Originally Posted by BOZ
    that would have been my second guess.
    Noppers!

    You were correct initially. The term "GM" was around a long time before T$R decided to TM "DM"...

    Cheers,
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    Howdy!

    Just back at the computer after having a great time at the Lake GenevaGaming Convention
    Hey, good to have you back! How did the LGGC go overall, anyway? From what I hear, Frank Mentzer's quite the terror around the board game circuit, how'd people fare against him? Or against you for that matter?

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