An unexpected side effect of this month's focus on roleplaying games (thanks to #RPGaDAY) has been one of my readers, over on the HeroPress Facebook page, asking me a question about gaming. I've tried to answer their question as best I can, but welcome any input from other readers. I also rather enjoyed this challenge so am opening HeroPress up for other questions of this nature. Important Note: I don't do rules questions, as I'm shit at grokking rules.
Do you believe it is possible for a seasoned GM - one who crafts compelling adventures - to happily return to the subservient position of a player under an inexperienced GM or one who is a poor storyteller?ANSWER:
Only if they're good at biting their tongue. I can't imagine many more frustrating scenarios.FOLLOW-UP QUESTION:
I guess it depends how much the seasoned GM wants to play, rather than run, and how much of his frustration he is willing to swallow for the sake of someone else's game.
I was wondering if it was just me for being awkward about getting involved with groups with less capability ... I didn't believe I was being a snob. Damn, but doesn't it severely restrict options when shopping around for a good group?ANSWER:
You can't judge a group until you've played with them. Someone who's only been playing for a year or two could be a savant, a gifted storyteller, while someone with decades under his belt could be a cliché-spouting rules lawyer (but perhaps that's what his players like).