As has been stated upthread by FireLance, if the players don't enjoy your ratbastardry, you aren't going to be DMing (RB- or otherwise) for long. There's an issue of trust here - the players have tom accept that your game is fair, specifically that the consequences you throw at them are not arbitrary. This also speaks to the expectations of the players - a good RBDM makes it clear what is up from the beginning, and plays things fair. He does not stop the PCs from being awesome and even encourages it. But he also does not shirk from doling out the repercussions of hubris... (And this is all besides creating a game and world that is fun and awesome in and of itself.)Wow. People have radically different definitions of RBDM. My initial post would characterize RBDM's as evil, cruel, people who wanted to kill
Many posters instead say that a RBDM is someone who (paraphrasing) is manipulative and tricky to the characters but the players love him/her.
Did I get that correct?