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    Moniker For The Nameless One Behind The Screen

    Which Moniker Do You Use...
    A) Dungeon Master
    88%
     88%  [ 38 ]
    B) Game Master
    11%
     11%  [ 5 ]
    C) Referee
    0%
     0%  [ 0 ]
    Total Votes : 43

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    Master Greytalker

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    Thu Oct 08, 2009 3:30 pm  
    Moniker For The Nameless One Behind The Screen

    I was simply curious as several friends have argued over the issue...

    So which moniker do you use for "The Nameless One Behind The Screen"Question

    Of course the eternal "Heartless Bast***" is assumed when a favourite character that you have nutured for years and seen through countless adventures dies because of three natural 20s in a row.

    Not that I am bitter or anything...
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    Thu Oct 08, 2009 3:56 pm  

    Call me "old fashioned," or whatever, but I'm not interested in this modern day "politically correct" stuff. Dungeon Master works for me.
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    Thu Oct 08, 2009 4:20 pm  

    I use DM, but sometimes slip to GM, and enough of my players came to D&D later in their RPG careers that DM isn't always their first choice.
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    Thu Oct 08, 2009 4:48 pm  

    DM! Proudly and unashamedly DM. Happy
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    Thu Oct 08, 2009 8:11 pm  
    Re: Moniker For The Nameless One Behind The Screen

    Crag wrote:
    So which moniker do you use for "The Nameless One Behind The Screen"Question

    I answered "Dungeon Master", but that's a little misleading. I use "DM" for fantasy games, "GM" for all others, and referee for blind wargaming - where you can't see your opponent's position.

    Note that those are literal - DM and GM - not the full phrase.
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    Thu Oct 08, 2009 9:55 pm  

    Same thing for me "DM" or "GM" I'll use either.
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    Fri Oct 09, 2009 6:15 am  

    Games Operation Director.

    It keeps the players from forgetting rule #1: All rules are subject to arbitrary change in order to make the game more fun.
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    Fri Oct 09, 2009 10:04 am  
    Nameless DM

    Honestly ... I prefer "DM" since I started playing D&D before anything else, but when I play games other than D&D, "GM" has come into more common parlance.

    My personal preference overall though ... I like "Storyteller", because it's more about the plot and storylines than being a "referee" of rules arbitration. If I'm playing a gmae that is rules heavy and is double blind, I will say "referee", but I don't like the term.
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    Fri Oct 09, 2009 7:40 pm  

    DM forever!!!
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    Sat Oct 10, 2009 10:21 am  

    Yeah, we could be playing Candyland and I would somehow manage to be called the DM.
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    Sat Oct 17, 2009 10:03 pm  

    chaoticprime wrote:
    Yeah, we could be playing Candyland and I would somehow manage to be called the DM.


    You mean everybody doesn't do that?

    I always use DM myself. Thirty years of habit is hard to break. But now that I think about it, since I occasionally dabble in third-party stuff I have to admit I'm becoming more accustomed to GM.
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    Tue Oct 20, 2009 9:17 pm  

    I am with bubba there. I like the sound of GM too, it makes me feel like I'm the General Manager of a sports team or something.
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    Wed Oct 21, 2009 7:49 am  

    But "Dungeon Master" sounds like you're some type of torturer... and the players must be punished.
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    Thu Oct 22, 2009 9:39 am  

    Varthalon wrote:
    But "Dungeon Master" sounds like you're some type of torturer... and the players must be punished.


    Anyone who plays in one of my games is gonna be punished.

    Sadism aside, I use DM, GM, & ST interchangeably but if I am running a D&D game I'll most often use DM.
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    Thu Oct 22, 2009 2:33 pm  

    Varthalon wrote:
    But "Dungeon Master" sounds like you're some type of torturer... and the players must be punished.


    Exactly.
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