The Year of the Dragons

I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year! I was born in 1976, which just happened to be the Year of the Dragon. And 2012 marks the Year of the Dragon once again, which seems highly appropriate given that I hope to continue posting about not only dungeons – but dragons as well.

Year of the Dragon.

The lack of recent posts is a result of my travels during the holidays. Now that I’m back home and getting into the swing of things, I will be back on schedule with writing regularly for the site. Coming this week will be an article on improvisation and another installment in the No Assembly Required series.

The first order of business before moving on to new topics is to provide an update on my last post regarding the notion that the DM is primarily an entertainer. I included a poll at the end of the post, and the results are presented below.

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Only 9 of the 83 (11%) voters disagreed with the statement that the DM’s primary role is to entertain the players. And only 1 of the 83 (1%) strongly disagreed with the statement; I would love for that person to post a Comment and tell me why he or she feels that way because it is good to hear from the outliers too. The vast majority of voters either strongly agreed or agreed with the statement that the DM’s primary role is to entertain the players.

The original post presents suggestions for how to be a “selfless” DM and keep the focus on the players’ level of enjoyment during the game. The results demonstrate those suggestions could be quite useful since the predominant view is that the DM is there to entertain the players.

Finally, WordPress sent me a fancy “Year In Review” summary of The Id DM, and it illustrates just how thankful I am to those that have come to my site to read articles and make comments. Thank you all, and have a wonderful New Year!

Author: The Id DM

The Id DM is a psychologist during the weekdays. He DMs for a group of fairly loyal and responsible PCs every other Friday night. In the approximate 330 hours between sessions, he is likely anxious about how to ensure the next game he runs doesn't suck.

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