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Can you find a GM when you need one?

Can you find a GM if you need one?

  • Sure,not a problem.

    Votes: 4 11.8%
  • Generally, but depending on game it can be tricky.

    Votes: 3 8.8%
  • Sometimes but not as often as I'd like to play.

    Votes: 2 5.9%
  • Usually not, it takes a lot of effort and often doesn't last long.

    Votes: 5 14.7%
  • Not ever.

    Votes: 1 2.9%
  • I am the GM.

    Votes: 19 55.9%

  • Total voters
    34
  • Poll closed .

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Among my small (40-ish) network of gaming friends, about 30-ish of them are running or have run games.

So, yes. To find a GM, all I usually have to do is swing a cat until I hit one.
 


I voted generally but depending on the game it can be tricky. We have a few folks that GM in our circle but if I want to play certain game then I would have to be the one running them. For example , I can find players for a B/X game if I wanted to run it but but chances of getting to play in one are fairly slim.
 


ccs

40th lv DM
I've been a DM since the day I began playing these games, so I don't have to look too far....
Other than that, about 1/2 the people I play with also DM. Sometimes we've had games where everyone at the table is a DM.
 

Lwaxy

Cute but dangerous
Does that end in sessions where everyone takes turns during the session? Because that's happened here lately and it was hilarious.
 


Legatus_Legionis

< BLAH HA Ha ha >
Excluding when I was introduced to D&D/RPGs, only once was I part of a group when I was NOT the primary/secondary DM/GM.

It is now a problem not of getting a DM/GM, but getting enough players together to play in a campaign, instead of because of numbers doing a random dungeon.
 

MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
Depends on what I'm looking for.

If I wanted to find a group to play with, it isn't that hard in my area with Meetup.com.

But, if I just want to play the occasional one-off game, that can be difficult, especially finding something that fits with my schedule. But if my schedule were more flexible and I'm willing to drive a bit, I could find a couple Adv. League games per week.

There are not too many DMs that are interested in one-off games or having a "guest" player. Therefore, when I want to game for just a night or when travelling, it is usually a board game or some obscure RPG. Which is great—lot's of fun. But hard to find such opportunities for D&D outside of Adv. League games.
 

was

Explorer
...IME, it's not hard to find someone willing to GM. The difficult part is finding someone who is actually good at it.
 

S

Sunseeker

Guest
There are usually 1 or 2 other people willing to DM at any given time. I'm often one of the DMs.
 

MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
...IME, it's not hard to find someone willing to GM. The difficult part is finding someone who is actually good at it.
What makes someone good at it in your opinion? More specifically, what would make the game not fun for you as a player that is do to poor GM skills, rather than different preferences on play-style or campaign flavor?
 

was

Explorer
What makes someone good at it in your opinion? More specifically, what would make the game not fun for you as a player that is do to poor GM skills, rather than different preferences on play-style or campaign flavor?
...Wow, those are good questions. Answering them here, however, might sideline the original question in this thread. Perhaps a new thread might better address them?

...Briefly said, IMO, a good DM is patient, has a decent grasp on the rules and knows that the game is collaborative endeavor.
 
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Blue

Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
I can find 5e DMs easily - we have a pay-for-play space that runs AL on Wednesdays, and a customer multi-DM multi-region homebrew that's in it's it's third season on Sundays. With a high quality of players. What I can't find are DMs for other games. I run 13th Age, and I'm looking for Fate Core or FAE (esp. the new Dresden Accelerated), Apocalypse World or other non-fantasy PBTA, or something odd like Don't Rest Your Head or Dogs in the Vineyard. Well, I can find a Star Wars (new Edge of the Empire set of rules) and Champions, so I guess it's not a complete drought of other games.
 


I always find this an interesting topic. To me, it's like planning to play basketball, but not having a hoop or ball. It always baffles me.

BUT, I know it's not the same, and that it is a frequent topic. There is a pretty good blog about it I can recomend if you are trying to put a group togethe
 

Lylandra

Adventurer
Voted usually not, even if I am playing in two campaigns, and being the GM in one of them.

Why? Because I and my other GM love playing as a player. And we've gone great lengths to find a really good GM in the past. And never really found one. I consider this our own fault though because "the perfect GM" for our style of play is pretty hard to find as we like very specific (and to be honest workload-heavy) aspects of the game, mostly character involvement, heavy RP (playing multiple sessions without a single die roll or combat) and custom storylines. We simply cannot really enyoy your average kick in the door, slay the monsters, loot them dungeon crawl anymore... at least not as a basis for a "serious" campaign.
 

Lwaxy

Cute but dangerous
That's the play style I used to have probs finding players for. Luckily, by now there are several players and even an other GM who don't mind going without battles for ages and only roll when it is fun to do so.
 

Lylandra

Adventurer
...Wow, those are good questions. Answering them here, however, might sideline the original question in this thread. Perhaps a new thread might better address them?

...Briefly said, IMO, a good DM is patient, has a decent grasp on the rules and knows that the game is collaborative endeavor.
Yep, we'd better discuss that in another thread. But from my own experience, a "bad DM" can ruin your fun pretty easily. Stuff like being frequently inconsistent/let your NPC act inconsistent or randomly, having a favourite player who gets all the shinies and the spotlight, ignoring your own input or interests as a player or constantly saying "that's not part of the module" "this solution is not intended"
 

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