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Sode-306-Myth of the Great GM (Host)

February 07, 2011 By: Meg Category: Host, Season 3, Sodes 6 Comments →

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Episode Subtitle: We’re going to prunch you in the pecker

Myth or Fact?

This episode is part of hour Host series which includes episodes for and about gamemastering.

Myths about GM’ing

  1. Great GM’s are Born, Not Made
  2. You need to MAKE people role-play
  3. You must all fear and respect me and do as I command for I am god
  4. You stop the clock with one second left, every time.
  5. You only need to make one thing and give them 3 doors
  6. Fallacious Argument: You must not have had a good GM
  7. The GM is the entertainer
  8. Fudge the dice
  9. You have to fake it ’till you make it
  10. Just kick ’em out
  11. The world will end in 2012
  12. As long as they had fun, you GM’ed it right

Names for the GM

  1. Harmful names
  2. Alternative names

Things a Good  GM

  1. Can do
  2. Should do
  3. MUST do

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Sode #19: I Will Turn This Game Around! (GM 04)

July 27, 2008 By: Meg Category: Host, Season 2, Sodes Comments Off on Sode #19: I Will Turn This Game Around! (GM 04)


Each time we record, we watch a video or find a picture to get us in the mood for the episode. It doesn’t always have anything to do with the episode, but frames our minds, so we’re going to share so you can be appropriately framed as well.


  • TV character that would suck to play with

Douchebag of the Week:

  • The Secret Keeper

Main Topic:

4 Steps in the 12 step Healing Process

Strategies for healing a diseased group, or to build cohesion in an already healthy group

1. Choosing the Right Game

  • D&D 4th Edition
  • Spirit of the Century
  • Dogs in the Vineyard
  • Bad Choice: Burning Wheel

Side conversation:

The 4 roles in D&D 4e compared with the 4 Ninja Turtles:

  • Leader: Leonardo
  • Controller: Donatello
  • Striker:Raphael
  • Defender: Michelangelo

2.  Making a Cohesive Character

3. Running the Game so everyone plays nicely

  • DM= Part Facilitator, part Antagonist
  • DMPC’s- usually bad, but if you’re gonna, do it right
  • Take time to practice the mechanics so everyone can fight together before it comes up for real

4. Playing the Game so everyone gets along

  • Buddy System
  • Appropriate Behavior
  • Why are we together?
  • Think Win-Win


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Warning: This episode is tagged Explicit and is Not Work Safe. It is intended for adult audiences.

Sode #14: Gaming is Like… (GM 003)

June 01, 2008 By: Meg Category: Casual, Host, Season 2, Sodes 3 Comments →

Analogies are a way to illustrate a point, so listen as we compare GM’ing/ gaming to:

  • Cooking
  • Fantasy Baseball
  • Directing and Producing a Play
  • Surgery
  • Running a Business which has a Board of Directors
  • Dealing with old people
  • Teaching 7th graders
  • Alaskan crab fishing
  • Supervising a manufacturing line
  • Golfing
  • Manually masturbating caged animals for artificial insemination
  • Posting on message board about what gaming is like

Gaming is NOT like storytelling.


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