So, let's get down to where the bear does his bidnez in the buckwheat (yes, I said that, this is an all ages friendly blog ya know).
What is it I like so much about being a Dungeon Master anyway and why do I believe others like my style?
AD&D is a role playing game. Pretty obvious right? What about the DM though? I find it interesting to hear from players who want to really get into their characters how they think of a DM as a mostly serious role.
Maybe I talk to weird players.
I like to get into the character(s) as much as the next person. So much so that as a DM, I get to be untold numbers and variety of characters.
I have been a writer and story teller since I was a kid. My imagination knows few bounds. I have fun creating voices and "characters" just to entertain my kids and other people. Sometimes just because I am entertaining myself due to boredom.
Yes, people have walked by and seen/heard me and thought I was totally off my rocker. Oh well, at least I was entertained.
But, in AD&D, I have an excuse, nay I have purpose, in letting those characters out.
While the other people in the game might be playing one or maybe even two or three characters, I get to play a cast of dozens and I do it with gusto. Complete with voices, accents, mindsets and all. For the seconds to minutes I am with the non-player characters in the games, I AM those characters.
Of course I am keeping track of time and game progression, battles, etc.. I take my role as DM seriously. It's not a good game just because I have fun with npc's. It's a good game because the game itself keeps moving and being challenging.
I treat each game as a story. I actually write/script segments in preparation to get a new game underway. Often specific to the players who will be playing. Taking player ages, experience levels, etc into consideration.
To me a game isn't a good game just because it's challenging, it's got to be fun and interesting.
Yes, players are often entertained by my character role playing, but I don't let that take away from how I conduct the game at the same time.
I have as much fun being the DM and role playing characters as the players do and I think that's one of the reasons players usually like my DM style.
I'll discuss my use of and approach to non-player characters in future posts. I just thought I'd say a little something about my general view on being a DM and AD&D.