Monday, August 22, 2011

Blair's GM Merit Badges

Stuart at Strange Magic created a nice set of icons that DMs can use to quantify and communicate their refereeing style; although I was dubious about "patting myself on the back" I took a gander and hey! some of these badges fit me to a T. So here's my estimation of which badges describe my DMing style:

Players characters Death is a likely event in my games
I roll Dice in the open and don't fudge the results in my games
 My games include Disturbing content
My games are Gonzo and can include a lot of strangeness
My games rely on a lot of Improvisation rather than pre scripted content
 The GM is In Charge in my games and "rule-zero" is in effect
My games focuses on Exploration & Mystery
There will be Player vs Player combat allowed in my games
Players in my game should be prepared to Run when the odds are against them

 Tactics are an important part of my games
I frequently Tinker with the rules of the game


  1. Love it! I was hoping you'd post your badges. :)

  2. You need to add the map badge, Blair.

  3. @ Johnstone: Harharhar! I don't know if I "forgot" that icon or "lost" it...

    In my Fairy Tale OD&D game I don't really use maps; it's very loose and improvisional with a very sketchy wilderness map.

  4. Yes, my badges would vary quite a bit depending on what game I was running.