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Most annoying DM sins 
22nd-Nov-2005 07:08 am
wicked handclasp
What are the Cardinal Sins of DMship that should be forbidden?

My contribution:

1. Geas/Quest abuse.

I HATE that. Sheesh, I'm not sure Geas should have ever even been written. I think it can be used responsibly, but that is difficult to do. Any time you are forcing the characters to follow a course of action because they will probably feel kinda crappy if they don't, ... you need to reevaluate what you are trying to accomplish as a DM.

2. Swiping a spellbook.

It's just ... mean. The player had really better be an a$$hole if you are going to do that. Not to be confused with the character being and a$$.

3. Pigeon-Holing.

Ya know what? The players may NOT want to do that quest! So don't force 'em. It sucks, yes. Spent a lot of time on it, I bet you did. But, get over it. It's all about the roleplaying, and metagaming characters into a quest they wouldn't go on just sabatoges RP.

Having said that, one of the reasons I recognize all these is because I've committed them all somewhere along the way. As a new DM, I saw Geas and said "OOOOH!" and of course (ab)used it. Wups. I also was guilty of the second two in the same campaign v.v (which admittedly was my first attempt at DMing. Sorry emagius! I'm sure you are remembering baaaaaaad, bad sessions right about now. ~_^ Heh, thanks for enduring my newbien DMness. I'm much better now, I promise. ~_^) I'm lucky I've had such great players!
Comments 
22nd-Nov-2005 12:18 am (UTC)
In second edition, before wish had clearly defined limits), a GM I used to play with would love giving out wishes.

But no matter how trivial your wish, or how carefully you worded it, it would work out in the worst way possible. I got into the habit of wishing for a sandwich, on the grounds that it couldn't go too wrong, but I choked to death on it. And he wouldn't let people not wish, because your character doesn't know that it'll work out badly, right?

Stupid wishes.
22nd-Nov-2005 02:32 am (UTC)
"I wish I didn't have this wish" ?
22nd-Nov-2005 02:44 pm (UTC) - I tried that once.
the rat bastard DM made time reverse itself and the manner in which I got he wish, a.k.a. releasing a boung solar from a liches clutches; the lich came back, the solar was bound again, only none of us (my party) got any HP back or anything. I never played one of his games again, and when he played mine, I made him suffer.
Nothing is more fun than forcing someone who specializes in non-logic to have consequences. HEH
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