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?