In 1987 a buddy of mine came to me in the lunchroom at school and said, “Hey, let’s try this Dungeons and Dragons thing! It’ll totally annoy our parents.” He showed me the AD&D Dungeon Master’s Guide – the one with that excellent looking ifrit on the cover – and I was immediately sold on the idea.
“It says here that someone has to be the Dungeon Master. It looks kind of hard. Who’s gonna do that?” I asked.
“Want to paper-rock-scissors for it? Loser has to be Dungeon Master.” He replied.
After losing that fateful round of paper-rock-scissors, I fully embraced my role as a forever-GM. I’ve run everything from intimate, emotionally driven tabletops with just a few players to large scale fantasy boffer LARP’s with hundreds of players.
I have been professionally running Table Tops and Live Action Role Playing Games for the last solid decade. But I have been a member and leader in the gaming community for much longer.
I have run and played in Dungeons & Dragons (all versions but most recently 5e), Savage Worlds, Marvel Super Heroes SAGA, Star Wars RPG by Fantasy Flight Games, 7th Sea, Deadlands, Genesys, All Flesh Must Be Eaten, Vampire the Masquerade, Wraith, Shadowrun, The Supernatural Role Playing Game, and most notoriously SenZar (if you know you know, and if you don’t know, definitely find yourself a copy for the gaming collector at heart with a sense of humor). And for the random one off game, I have had lots of fun with Fate and Fiasco.
One final important note: my table and any community I run is LGBTQIA+ inclusive, feminist and equality focused, and POC friendly/inclusive. If those values don’t appeal to you, then I would encourage you to seek out any number of the other wildly talented GM’s that are more in line with your values.