GM Questionnaire

Ok, here’s me jumping on the dangerously overladen bandwagon. Original post from Zak here (interesting site by the way!).

1. If you had to pick a single invention in a game you were most proud of what would it be?

In terms of plot twists, where the party was framed by the baron for trying to murder his son, just so that he could test their loyalty.

2. When was the last time you GMed?


3. When was the last time you played?


4. Give us a one-sentence pitch for an adventure you haven’t run but would like to.

If they couldn’t find a cargo run that would bring in at least 10k credits, they may as well take the Nomad to the scrap yard, give up the space lanes and become dirt-farmers.

5. What do you do while you wait for players to do things?

Honest answer? Get a bit impatient.

6. What, if anything, do you eat while you play?

Mostly cake.

7. Do you find GMing physically exhausting?

Physically? No. Emotionally? Yes.

8. What was the last interesting (to you, anyway) thing you remember a PC you were running doing?

See 3.

9. Do your players take your serious setting and make it unserious? Vice versa? Neither?

It’s a serious setting. We have comic moments. It works for all.

10. What do you do with goblins?

Last time I used an army of them to cause a TPK, or a total party knock-out so they had to be rescued by the inquisition.

11. What was the last non-RPG thing you saw that you converted into game material (background, setting, trap, etc.)?

The public aversion to magic in the BBC’s Merlin series.

12. What’s the funniest table moment you can remember right now?

One of my players blurting out “who’s Lady Trelwyn” when the rest of the party were trying to pass off Princess Caitlin as a long lost cousin to an over-inquisitive bard.

13. What was the last game book you looked at–aside from things you referenced in a game–why were you looking at it?

Savage Worlds 50 Fathoms Explorer – I’m running a campaign.

14. Who’s your idea of the perfect RPG illustrator?

Jon Hodgson would have to come pretty high up the list.

15. Does your game ever make your players genuinely afraid?

Probably not.

16. What was the best time you ever had running an adventure you didn’t write? (If ever)

Let me get back to you on that.

17. What would be the ideal physical set up to run a game in?

In an isolated mountain hut with a storm raging outside and a fire in the grate. Candles burning and good atmospheric music.

18. If you had to think of the two most disparate games or game products that you like what would they be?

I’m too monomanic to have disparate game products.

19. If you had to think of the most disparate influences overall on your game, what would they be?

3rd party adventures. My imagination.

20. As a GM, what kind of player do you want at your table?

One who role plays, but doesn’t take it toooo seriously.

21. What’s a real life experience you’ve translated into game terms?

I try to make my games quite gritty, warts and all. A situation where an outsider turned out to be the group’s next PC worked out well.

22. Is there an RPG product that you wish existed but doesn’t?

A damage-resistant full sized table monitor for maps and pictures.

23. Is there anyone you know who you talk about RPGs with who doesn’t play? How do those conversations go?

Not any more (they play with us now).

About Mike Page

I’m a Christian, a father, a husband, a biochemist (PhD), a photographer, a gardener, a lover of good rock music, food wine and beer, an ex-pat, a lousy pianist and a patent examiner.
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1 Response to GM Questionnaire

  1. Old School Gamer Dad says:

    Looks like I shall try this one as well in a future post. Many thanks!

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