About Me

Greetings and salutations,

Welcome to yet another blog on the fine art of being a Dungeon Master (DM). I do not claim to be an expert on the subject, but this site is intended to discuss my learning curve and hopefully offer some useful advice for your game. I will be discussing Dungeons & Dragons, 4th Edition.

You can expect to find posts that provide examples of encounters that you can lift, borrow, steal, and re-skin to your heart’s delight for your campaign. I will also provide suggestions for how to run a more efficient game and communicate more effectively with players.

I am a psychologist by trade and I believe that training gives me a unique perspective in terms of running games and dealing with the multitude of player issues that arise during a campaign.

In trying to come up with a name for the site, The Id DM actually came upon me rather quickly. Id is a term from Freud that refers to a portion of the unconscious mind that seeks pleasure and avoids suffering in order to satisfy needs. So, I believe it’s paramount for a Dungeon Master to increase everyone’s enjoyment during any specific gaming session. Although sometimes we may just want to punish the players for not realizing just how much work it takes to establish and execute a smooth game.

And the name could also read Idiom, which of course means, “a traditional way of saying something that does not seem to make sense if taken literally.” For instance, “under the weather” shouldn’t mean “sick,” only it does. I think functioning as a DM is a challenge and not everything makes sense immediately. I’m still learning, and I hope you will learn along with me.

And I thought the name was extremely clever!

Welcome,

Michael

9 Responses to About Me

  1. Jim says:

    As one of the players in Michael’s game I will periodically comment. For instance, he will ask things like “When the city guardsman turned out to be a zombie and tried to eat your face, how did that make you feel? Were you conflicted?”

  2. AJ says:

    Does this mean you are the student, and I am the Master!?!?!

  3. middleagedm says:

    “Although sometimes we may just want to punish the players for not realizing just how much work it takes to establish and execute a smooth game”

    Well I guess that would be the aggressive portion of the Id :)

    It is nice to see another psychologist blogging about D&D

  4. Pingback: This is My Game » Psychology and D&D (Part 1 – The Peak/End Rule)

  5. Michael Freeman says:

    Hi Michael, Do you use CBT for DM anxiety? ;-)

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