Wednesday, January 18, 2012

GM Questionnaire

From Zak originally,

GM Questionnaire
Repost and answer. Or, if you don't have a blog, answer in the comments. Or be a big rebel and do neither.

1. If you had to pick a single invention in a game you were most proud of what would it be?
  Awesomeness Score
2. When was the last time you GMed?
3. When was the last time you played?
4. Give us a one-sentence pitch for an adventure you haven't run but would like to.
 Imagine a persistent megadungeon that became more of a Monty Haul the more who died adventuring in it.

5. What do you do while you wait for players to do things?
Try to figure out what they are going to do, or go get coffee

6. What, if anything, do you eat while you play?
  Nothing usually while playing (Pizza often before or at a break), occasionally some Doritos (thank god for chopsticks)
7. Do you find GMing physically exhausting?
 No, I am a lazy GM and offload everything to the players.

8. What was the last interesting (to you, anyway) thing you remember a PC you were running doing?
 Making exquisite maps.

9. Do your players take your serious setting and make it unserious? Vice versa? Neither?
  A little of both,  it varies from mood moment to moment.
10. What do you do with goblins?
  As in what do I make them?  Fast breeding, egg-laying, short lived, highly intelligent, soul-less vermin.  Every single one is a complete sociopath with no concept of empathy or right and wrong,  but certainly not stupid or inherently hostile.  Unless it is immediately beneficial.

11. What was the last non-RPG thing you saw that you converted into game material (background, setting, trap, etc.)?
  The layout of St.Patrick's Cathedral.

12. What's the funniest table moment you can remember right now?
  Oh, its the sound effects of one player once he gets a few beers into him.  It won't translate well, but its always hilarious.
13. What was the last game book you looked at--aside from things you referenced in a game--why were you looking at it?
Al-Qadim sourcebook,   I was looking at the interior border illustrations.

14. Who's your idea of the perfect RPG illustrator?
Gustave Dore

15. Does your game ever make your players genuinely afraid?
Yes.  I don't often run horror, but if I do I try to do it right or not at all.

16. What was the best time you ever had running an adventure you didn't write? (If ever)
I ran James Raggi IV's Death Frost Doom (only module I've ever run, and only recently).  It went about 20 minutes in before the 'end of the module' as they went directly (beeline almost) to cause it. Still dealing with the consequences.

17. What would be the ideal physical set up to run a game in?
I am pretty happy with my current set up. A bunch of comfy leather chairs, a round poker table with drink holders.  No clocks,  non-abrasive lighting.

18. If you had to think of the two most disparate games or game products that you like what would they be?
 I have an old Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 1st edition book, and a copy of the 2nd Edition D&D Al-Qadim Sourcebook.  The two implied methods of play and character types and behaviour is night and day.

19. If you had to think of the most disparate influences overall on your game, what would they be?
The games of Lori Anne Cole, flat out mythology and the ever cliche choice of Weird Tales.

20. As a GM, what kind of player do you want at your table?
 Ideally someone who is able to let things slide, good at bullshit, and proactive.

21. What's a real life experience you've translated into game terms?
  The mind numbing drudgery of some kinds of work.

22. Is there an RPG product that you wish existed but doesn't?
   Yes but I am working on making it.

23. Is there anyone you know who you talk about RPGs with who doesn't play? How do those conversations go?
  Usually its first a primer on what exactly is it they want to know (the same thing I do when talking about anything the other person doesn't really follow: work, poker, my family) and then keep it pretty succinct and general "We ordered pizza, had a few beers, goofed off for three hours, made inane jokes and called it a night".  If someone is asking because they are interested in playing that is a different matter. "We ordered pizza, had a few beers, goofed off for three hours pretending to be dwarves and wizards, made inane jokes and called it a night.  Shame you weren't totally rad like us"


  1. Hi,

    Apologies for the off-topic comment, but I couldn't find a contact email for you.

    I've recently put out an ebook of my writing, called The New Death and others. It's mostly short stories, with some obvious gamer-interest material. For example I have a story inspired by OD&D elves, as well as poems which retell Robert E Howard's King Kull story The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune and HP Lovecraft's Under the Pyramids.

    I was wondering if you'd be interested in doing a review on your blog (either a normal book review, or a review of its suitability as gaming inspiration).

    If so, please let me know your email, and what file format is easiest for you, and I'll send you a free copy. You can email me ( or reply to this thread.

    You can download a sample from Smashwords:

    I'll also link to your review from my blog.


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