It’s not “your” game
Over the years I’ve encountered this problem a few times, and I just need to say something about it. I realize a lot of players and GMs will not agree, which I personally find sad, but never the less it bugs the heck out of me.
There is a saying in the role-playing community, and that is that “the GM is always right”. It comes in many minor variations, but no matter how it’s stated, I find it borderline idiotic. No offense.
The worst thing about it is that it rests upon the “brilliant” argument that it’s “the GM’s game”. I used to think that too, but I like to think that I’ve gotten wiser.
First of all, what does it mean that it’s “the GM’s game”? In my experience, it means no less than that the GM can do anything to everyone, disregard any rule and in general just be a complete douche, if it fits him. The most surprising thing is that a lot of players just accept it.
OK, so not all GM’s who think it’s “their game” behave like this, but still, is it even a fair thought? In my opinon it’s not. No, never, ever. Why? Because it comes from the notion that the GM is more “important” than the other players, because he/she has a larger workload.
This thought is bogus to me. You are not more important than anyone else, just because you are the GM. You are playing a game that is all about collaborative storytelling. Why should one person be more important than the others?
Maybe it’s just my experiences that let this get on my nerves. Every GM I have ever played under who had this viewpoint was just railroading everything, and if there’s one thing I truly hate in gaming, then it’s spending time and effort creating a character that doesn’t matter.
When you invite players to play a game, how is it not their game as well? Do you really expect a player to just sit there and accept that he will only be able to impact the game, if you “let him” do it? Why some players take this crap is beyond me. My guess is they’ve never tried anything else.
Please, for the love of God, tell me I’m not the only one bothered by this?
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