Started playing under a DM who had been running games for about a year and a half at that point. Started DMing about 2 years later.
Sure, but there is another way of looking at it and that is why perhaps there should have been a fourth option.I'm actually a little surprised how evenly spread the votes are. From this data, meager though it is, there's at least the suggestion that many groups actually do start out with a first-time DM (since option 1 is the most common, but the other two combined, both of which have a first-time DM, are 55.9%.) Meager data, forum poll, early days, etc. etc., I know not to make much of these results. Just surprising, since I expected something a lot closer to like...80% "player with an experienced DM."
(To explain a bit further: in order for us to get to 80% "player with an experienced DM," assuming no one changes their vote, we would need to rack up 61 more votes for that option without even one person voting for the other two. Even getting 30 votes all going to that one option would be pretty dramatic at this point, so these results are significantly different from what I expected.)
Sure, but there is another way of looking at it and that is why perhaps there should have been a fourth option.
2a Player with a first time DM, but the DM having been an experienced player.
2b Player with a first time DM.
Just to confirm, experienced DM per your poll also equates to experienced player?I did consider breaking it down in the way you mention when I was making the poll.
I thought maybe people might not know/remember how experienced their first DM was.
I was also more interested in if people got their start as a player or DM.
I voted "As Player with an Experienced DM" - except that. . .
A. They weren't a very experienced DM and doubt that they run more than a handful of sessions before I got involved
B. After that one game I moved on to DMing
Sorry to be that person who chafes against the narrow options of the poll.