I HAVE NEVER RELATED MORE TO A MEME IN MY FVCKING LIFE.
@OddDungeonMaster, my condolences. I have people that I meet every other week, but we often dont have quite enough time for d&d. Always end up playing Betrayal or superfight or fiasco or something of that manner.
@ThePandaPool , I was in a group with my friends where we'd meet every friday for about 3-5 hours. It was always awesome
@theshadosnipe, well do every other weekend for like 3 months, then we'll drop off for a few months. It's frustrating.
@ThePandaPool , we're in a situation like that now. We played for about a year, but been on hiatus for the past 4-5 months
@theshadosnipe, I hate it. No matter when the game stops, it feels like stopping a movie in the middle.
@ThePandaPool , in this case we all agreed it was for the best. Some stuff went down in the game that left everyone angry and we decided to stop that campaign. I'm learning 5e so I can try a short campaign with them. I've never been a DM before
@theshadosnipe, that's too bad. Me and my closest friend are total dicks to each other in game, but we never have trouble like that.
@ThePandaPool , most of us were completely new, including our dm, and he and I thought it would be funny if I was a spy for the big bad guy. It was fun for a while, but the rest of the group got so irritated by their constant "bad luck" that I caused that we decided it was best to take a break
@theshadosnipe, ohhh man. I get it. Bad idea for anything that isn't a one off...
@ThePandaPool , yea, it just kinda escalated from a series of bad luck. 10ish sessions and most of my combat rolls were 8 or lower, with the most 1s in the group. I joked with the dm that I should be a spy since I suck so bad at combat. He thought it was a fun idea so we did that. Unfortunately, we both took it way too far, and he started being biased toward me and against the group. That was when we decided to go on hiatus
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As a DM of 3 years with 4 campaigns under my belt and a revolving door of players who refuse to let me play the game instead of DM every once in a while, this is extremely relatable. It’s do frustrating when you spend hours upon hours of writing content just for your party to “Have something come up.”
This is why i use roll20 for my group and mde it clear theyre in for the long run or can drop in but will have to use a different person every time. So far its going good. Considering its my first time being a DM ehe
I am currently having the opposite problem. We have a couple people who want to dm in our group and a bunch of other people who want to play with us but we can't have too big of a group so we're currently bouncing different people in and out of dm position while we play one shots and rotating different people in and out as players so everyone gets a chance
@Flumpy J, ...multiple groups.
@MeatMania, i thought about that but i didnt want to split it down the middle like that cause it would make each group kind of small to the point where if 1 person couldnt come that whole group cant get a good session in
@Flumpy J, oh i mean like everyone plays but with the different dms. Like 3 groups of everyone but with different people running each group. I think that makes sense
@MeatMania, oh yeah so you mean running multiple story lines with the same group. That would work but i have too many players for one group. We have 9 potential players. Ideally id like to have 5 or 6 players. Which works out sometimes because not everyone can make it every time but when 8 people can make it i dont want to have to start telling people they cant play because we're over capacity you know?
@Flumpy J, oh i gotcha
I’m supposed to be the DM for a new group that I’m putting together after I got kicked out of my last group but it’s so much damn work that I’ve made no progress in getting ready.
We have the exact opposite problem, our DM has troubles (usually out if his control) making sessions consistently.
Patrick: I don't get it
@datpixel, a lot of people dont want to play as the DM in dnd because of how much more work it takes, and dont want to commit to long-term games
@theshadosnipe, I see that makes sense. What is a DM?
@datpixel, in order to play DnD you need a DM/GM (Dungeon/Game Master) to run the session. They do like 95% of the work compared to the players so they're hard to come by. That and it's impossible to get everyone together more than 4 times before irl gets in the way and the party ultimately disband much to everyone's upsettedness
@datpixel, dungeon master. Basically the guy who writes the story and plays as the NPCs
@Chicken0War, I wonder if it would be unrealistic to create a DM paid position. It would be very capitalism-friendly, as the qualifications are not based on education, experience, or financial aspects, but on a person's ability to imagine scenarios that appeal to players.
@Empshok, there's actually a select few trying to get started, but are struggling because banks won't fund something so niche. You'd need to create a training regime like a workplace to actually get people up to a certain standard, and become the standard. Branding; your game masters aren't just one trick ponies; they're game masters! And can host any of (x number of popular tabletop rpg) games in any setting you choose.
@datpixel, to elaborate: DMs operate the game.
They create an entire role-playing world (they can borrow pre-made worlds to save time) and walk the players through it. They make the stats for enemies, roll for enemy actions and damage, and stuff like that. For the games I watched my friends play, the DM made voices for each NPC and did legit role-playing interactions when players tried conversed with NPCs. He was great.
Players roll dice to decide damage or whether they can perform a specific action, but DMs can still influence the campaign if they don’t want something to happen or to save players/punish obnoxious players.
@datpixel, It’s a dungeon master. They are the ones who are in charge of the game. They read the story or module. they are the ones who play all the npcs and enemies.