A thought for the day – no rules involved
There is an unwritten contract between a DM, and the players. Dungeon Masters are there to interpret the rules, set the scene, and provide challenges for players to overcome. The Dungeon Master provides the world within which the character’s adventure.
The contract between Dungeon Master and Players is that the Dungeon Master agrees to be a fair arbiter of rules in exchange for the immense power they wield. Players agree to follow the rules given in exchange for being able try any crazy thing out in game.
One of the biggest challenges for DM’s to work on, is to apply the rules fairly to both the players and themselves. Once a rule has been followed one way, the same rule applies to NPC’s, creatures, and monsters – as well as every single player.
A challenge for players is deciding to agree to rules that don’t benefit their player, or the situation in their favor. There can often be extensive discussion about DnD rulings. People are passionate!
At the end of the day, remember that all of this is just so that a group of people can hang out and have fun together!
Remember, it is not the Players vs the DM – The DM should never be trying to ‘win’. Instead, they are trying to create a unique and challenging experience for everybody.
DM’s: Do your players often complain or try to change a ruling? Consider that perhaps you aren’t being as fair and balanced as you thought
Players: Do you feel like your DM is picking on a character, or being unfair? Consider that being a DM requires a lot of work! Perhaps the attitudes of some players are hampering the enjoyability of playing.
This is a wonderful and lovely game!
Let the Dice Roll!