When I started as a DM in the mid 80s I used to be really tight. Very strict. Realism was a constant thing for me to wrestle with. Minor details were very important.I just “clocked out” and started designing a character. And then started thinking that my idea would not fly at all tables. Some DMs would say “no.”
That would be a drag and made me question: do players prefer a restrictive or permissive DM?
Curious if any players prefer a tight fisted DM vs a more open one.
Feel free to explain your definition of restrictive vs. permissive DM.
Now I try as much as is practical to let the PCs live up to their player's expectations. So I don't sweat the small stuff.