Anyone ever GM'd for Money?

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The Adventure League is done with D.M store credit, but I know that is not what you are really asking about...

I have not done it, but I am told it is getting quite common for online games.

I have a couple of cautions though.

I think I am a great Dungeon Master, but I think a big part of what makes my games successful is I choose players that mesh well with my style. I don't doubt there are players, perhaps many players, who would not find me great.

I am a very solid miniature painter. Decent enough to command solid money for my work, and I have done commission painting in the past. It burned me out - charging money and the expectations that went with it sucked a lot of the joy out of painting. I had to weigh whether that last level of highlighting or detailing on the base was worth the time vs. money. I went back to just painting for myself and enjoy it more than ever.

Not saying that will happen to you - just a couple of things to consider.


Thought about it, but I don't think it's lucrative. Increasing my prices to allow stuff I don't really want to deal with in the first place would lead to low demand to hire me as the GM.


Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
I've DMed for pizza, but never for money. :D

Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth I was a grade school student. I was assigned a SF book I had already read twice and enjoyed for a school project. I didn't enjoy reading it that third time, when I had to.

Paid DMing seems like it would have a different dynamic and different expectations, even if they are just ones I'm imposing on myself. And that stress would impede my enjoyment. While I'm for the concept, I don't think it's something I would do myself.

But who knows. I've DMed at conventions, and there wasn't a "performance anxiety" stress. Maybe it would be the same. But DMing is fun for me, and a big part of that is my group(s) of players, and I'm good with the dynamic.


Elder Thing
A friend of mine taught a D&D class at a school local to him and was paid as a teacher; he also taught a physics class there as I recall. I don't know how much he made at it, though. Dunno if that helps.


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I've participated in pay-for-store-credit situations, and those are pretty chill, especially if you already run a public game and don't have to change anything. I currently run a weekly Call of Cthulhu game like that.

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