I DM out of necessity. There. I said it.

I need to get out from behind the screen. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy the role (roll?) and find great enjoyment in gathering my comrades together to give them their D&D fix but deep down inside I long to roll a character, slay baddies, find nifty magical items, and save the day.

When I started playing D&D, which really wasn’t all that long ago, 4 years? Or.. 1 year B.C. (before child), I found a local group that was playing 3.5e and rolled me up a Dwarven Paladin. We had a few sessions and the group fell apart. I managed to get in on another group, only this time it was online with a friend of mine. It too was 3.5 (4 wasn’t out yet) and he set the adventures in the Diablo II realm. Fun indeed! That group also fell apart and I found myself again without a group to play with.

So I decided to make my own group with me as the DM since no others were available. I even found a chap online who was very dedicated to the game and even DM’ed a weekly session that included me as a PC. It was great! Engaging story line. Great DM…but then he disappeared. Didn’t show up to one session online. Stopped logging on instant messengers. Didn’t respond to email. Missed the session after that. Just plain disappeared. I have my theories. Either he died or was arrested. Unfortunately I didn’t know too much about him prior to his disappearance. Only that he went by the online handle Yevold and that his real name was Brian and that he lived in Elkridge, MD.  (Anyone know him..?)

Anywho..The bottom line is that I’m itching to get out from behind the screen now and again. I’ve offered my current PCs the option to DM a session or two with my assistance. No takers yet. Some are completely new to D&D so I can imagine the prospect may be a bit overwhelming.

So..DM’s. If you can’t be a PC in a game, how are you getting your fix? Do you treat the monsters as your character? Drink to excess?

Does anyone have room for a Caeseropapist Monarch such as myself in their group that meets Thursday, Friday, or Saturday nights starting at 9pm Eastern? :)

Friday, November 12th, 2010 at 12:16
  • Nov 12th, 2010 at 12:29 | #1

    I’m in a similar situation at the moment. I’m DMing an online game and have had a blast with it. We play weekly, and I’d love to keep going indefinitely. However, I’ve also starting DMing a weekly in-person game, and running two games at once is something that I don’t think I can do forever. I’ll be talking to my players in the online game this evening about possible solutions (maybe having someone else DM, maybe trade off weeks, etc.).

    As for getting my fix as a player, I drop in to my local store for Living Forgotten Realms games from time to time. It’s not as good as having an ongoing campaign with close friends, but it’s certainly better than nothing!
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  • Nov 12th, 2010 at 12:32 | #2

    Hmm.. I forgot all about living forgotten realms. I’ll have to check with my FLGS to see if they still run those sessions. Thanks for the tip!

  • yong kyosunim
    Nov 12th, 2010 at 12:58 | #3

    I like to play every once in a while and I got my fix by playing in the RPGA when it was doing Living Greyhawk, but I prefer to DM. I am really enjoying the writing, the preparation, the module creation, and running encounters for the players. All of them except one has stepped behind the screen and ran games for me, but I still prefer to run games.

  • anarkeith
    Nov 12th, 2010 at 13:06 | #4

    I finally resorted to the random group search of a local Meetup group, and poking around several FLGSs. I met various individuals with similar gaming styles and aspirations, and we’ve managed a couple of campaigns. My regular group (most of whom I’ve now gamed with for decades, ouch!) are largely uninterested in DMing.

    I find myself wondering what it takes to inspire people to DM. Are there people in your group who like to be in the spotlight? What would it take to get them behind the screen?

  • Nov 12th, 2010 at 13:27 | #5

    I think its vital to being a good DM. If all you do is run the game you can lose sight of what players want. Right now I am fortunate that my wife is still running her Gamma Word (3rd Edition) game so I can play some between running my two 4E D&D games.
    Of course I would really like to play in a 4E game, but I don’t see that happening any time soon.
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  • Nov 12th, 2010 at 13:37 | #6

    Quite fortunate that your Wife runs a game. Mine -might- try again to play a 1 on 1 session with me if I used the rpgKids system with her.

  • Nov 12th, 2010 at 16:20 | #7


    Interesting question. I know that with my in-person group we started with one DM (his first time DMing), then traded off to his wife (her first time DMing), and then I stepped up (my first time DMing an ongoing in-person campaign). Another member of the party has already expressed an interest in running the group through the Tomb of Horrors when we finish the current campaign. So, whatever it is that makes players interested in being a DM, I’d say my group is lucky to have it!
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  • Nov 13th, 2010 at 23:55 | #8

    I’m in the same boat. I DM two gaming groups at my table, but no one else is willing to step up to DM. So I’m stuck with the job.
    (In their defense, only one of all my players has any experience as DM)

    Don’t get me wrong, I love to do it. But I do so long to play once again. Maybe someday. (lament)

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