Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Living Forgotten Rant
I have no idea if mandatory DMing is an official RPGA policy, but it was practiced where I played. I've seen mention of Living Forgotten Realms being run that way on other blogs, so I assume it's a common practice. Other gaming groups attempting organized play probably use it too.
Now I have no problem with playing a game under a learning DM. I have no problem playing with a horrible DM. Once. (I always have the choice of who I play with.) But the flip-side of mandatory DMing is mandatory NOT DMing.
You heard me. Mandatory NOT DMing.
How it works is this - I check out the games that are scheduled for play. There is no game with an opening (there needs to be two openings for my son and I.)
So I say "Hey - there are some other players who want to play, my son wants to play, I want to DM - lets' do this.'
And the organizers say, "No. You have DMed this month. You may only DM once every four weeks."
"But," I say, "No one is willing to step up. No one wants to. I would LOVE to DM. Gimme a mod. I will DM it. Gimme the back of a cereal box. I will DM that. I want to play."
"Sorry," they say, "Someone else has to."
"But, if I don't DM, there will be no game. I DM - there is a game. I'm happy, people are happy. Right?"
"Wrong. If you DM, then someone else is shirking their responsibility of DMing. They won't DM, they won't learn how to DM. They'll just sit there and play and never give anything back to the community."
I then start chewing my leg off rather than explode in a volcano of cuss words that would flambe everyone within 50 miles.
So, because of the mandatory DMing policy, five to seven people don't get to play in the RPGA that day, even though they was space, they had enough players, they had a table, and they had a DM.
On an organizational level, I get it. They need DMs. If people don't try DMing, they don't learn and there will be no new DMs.
On a personal level - AAAAAAAAAA RRRRRRRRRR GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
Yanno, if it was just me - well, I'd say, those are the breaks. But my son was getting kicked around by this policy. That is very frustrating.
The only way to be sure to have a spot was to hover over the sign-up sight and wait for a DM and sign up the second a table was posted - whether I knew we had Saturday free or not.
I never could resolve the whole thing satisfactorily in my mind. It makes sense on paper. In my gut, it feels all sorts of messed up. I just don't know. Since I don't play in the RPGA anymore - it's not really an issue - so I suppose I should just let it go.
There - I got it out of my system. Grumpy post done. Now I hope I can have a slew of ungrumpy posts. :)