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View Poll Results: Which is more fun to you: being the DM or a player?

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    Halfling in the Playground
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    Default Poll: DM or player?

    I was personally wondering what people enjoy doing more, DMing or playing. I personally like playing more, mostly when there's a good DM, but I think playing with a mediocre DM is better even than being a DM with good players. However, I know opinions vary on this subject, so I've come to ask.
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    For me its all about being the player, I have Dm'd before but it just wasn't the same as being part of the group. I would have to say that every player appreciates a good DM.
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    We rotate DMing in our group.

    I love world building, and I don't mind running a game, but I enjoy playing much more.
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    DMing has its fun moments. I love creating quirky characters for the players to interact with, thinking up odd twists and gruesome things that can happen. But really, I like playing so much more. You can be so much more spontaneous while playing. Its like one huge improv session, with a few boundaries.

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    I didn't actually respond to the poll because I haven't really had an opportunity to cut my teeth as a DM yet. Nonetheless, the I'm really enjoying all of the preparation that goes into creating the world, the adventures, and the encounters that a team of players will face. I expect that when I get to put all of the material I've prepared to use, it's going to be a blast. I enjoy playing, don't get me wrong, but I think I'm more exited about the prospect of running a game than I ever was about playing in one.

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    Neither. I like world-building and class/prc/creature/item/monster creation the best.

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    I answered player. I like being DM, designing NPCs, seeing what the PCs do... It is just that all the designing and trying to come up with something unique* each time can once in a while cause burnout and then all I need is a few sessions of being able to play...


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    It depends on the instance, but mostly I'd have to say it is pretty even. It has to be a good game before I prefer playing over DMing.

    And yes, the sheer creating of things are at least as fun as well

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    Being a player is SO much less stressful - I get to just relax and have fun. Plus, when I'm DMing I have to pay attention to every player in the group. When I'm a player I only have to pay attention to the DM. Much easier.

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    Once, I dreaded the thought of DMing. Now, I'm gradually becoming addicted to the power.
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    I definitely like being DM better. Who doesn't like being a god?
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    Very tough question. I like both just about evenly I chose DMing though because I enjoy world and adventure creation.
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    I prefer being a player. I don't have the dedication to create long campaings- most of my DM stints tend to be either short (One major task running about five to ten sessions at most) or done intermittantly (I'll run a campaign for X sessions, then someone else will move in and I'll bring my campaign back up front in a month or so)

    Gives me more 1 on 1 time with a particularly awesome character I like, too- the hardest part of being a DM is phasing that super-cool guy you made back into the background after having them do what they needed to do.

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    I like the responses. I find it interesting that some people wanted to DM at first but got into it and didn't like it, and one other person dreaded it until he got used to it. I was one of the former, and had a very clever world and all built and I thought it would be great till I realized that, well, the players determine what happens in the game, not the DM. The DM can present whatever he wants, but it's up to the players to interperet events and make their own way in them. You can lead a PC to water, but you can't stop it from casting fireball at it :-D .
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    Bah!! Bah!! I never get a chance to be a player, I have to be a DM all the time.

    I like being the DM though

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    I like being a DM better. I love trying to outsmart the Players and having all the power of a god.

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    I like the world-building part.
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    I usually am the DM, but I like being a player far more. Being the DM is sometimes like building a big lego castle then having people kick it over. Which gets annoying after a while. Also, I find it easier to relax as a player, and as I mostly play for recreation...
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    Most of the time, I prefer to DM. I like being able to share my creations with my players, and while one can do that as a player, the opportunities are much more prevalent as a DM.

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    Player. In particular, I like creating cool characters and doing some seriously dedicated roleplaying and testing the DM. I also enjoy playing off of the personalities of the other players, dragging them into RPing whether they'd ordinarily like to or not.

    That said, if no one around is a very good DM, I'd prefer to be the DM as I couldn't enjoy the game as a player in that instance.
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    I'm torn really... I DM most often but I do so enjoy playing. I'm arguably the best storyteller in our group and I have a penchant for making PCs jump through hoops. I'd love to be a Player, but hate it if I'm my own DM.
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    I like to play and I like to DM. A bad game can ruin either experience while a great game does just the opposite.
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    Whoa, I was expecting it to be more even. I said DM cause I enjoy it. For playing I just have a tendency to just write a story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mooseofshadows View Post
    I personally like playing more, mostly when there's a good DM, but I think playing with a mediocre DM is better even than being a DM with good players.
    I prefer playing but I have a real problem with mediocre or even poor DMs. This is how I usually get roped into DMing. Honestly, some of the DMs I've seen in action, it's like watching a train wreck.

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    I go for player. There's so much less stress involved, you can sit back and let the plot take it's shape. It's much more fun to react to the things the DM has in store for you than to plan them all out.
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    Definately DM. It's so much fun leading the PC's around like puppets. As a player I have one characters, I have to worry about him. As a DM I have millions of characters! I can play dragons and gelatinous cubes, orc warchiefs and rip-off characters! All the things I not allow for my players :) Also, it's less stressful, since you know what awatis theparty in the next room :)
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    Playing is more fun for me, but DMing is more gratifying.
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    player, i'm a very evil DM so i like be a player, it's much more fun

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    I very much prefer to be player. In fact, I outright hate having to DM, and am not very good at it. Alas that I have no alternatives... -_-
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    I really wasn't expecting it to be even, there have to be more players than DMs or the game wouldn't function. also...

    It's so much fun leading the PC's around like puppets.
    Man, I wish I could do that. My PC's do what they like and I can't make them do anything else because I feel like I'm railroading them if I do. Still, though, I think open ended stories are more fun. It's harder on the DM, but it's more satisfying as a player.

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