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13th Aug '17 2:49:30 AM LinTaylor
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** In the ''WebVideo/CounterMonkey'' episode "Botchamania", Spoony describes a game where the players were suffering from a streak of bad luck and he ''tried'' to help them out by giving them more Saving Throws than they should have rightly gotten under the circumstances. Unfortunately, their luck was so unbelievably bad that they kept rolling {{Critical Failure}}s, meaning Spoony's charity was just giving them more opportunities to screw up.
8th May '17 1:09:58 PM fairyfeller
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If the nice GM takes things too far, the players' victories can seem [[{{Railroading}} preordained and hollow.]] And Pelor help you if a KillerGameMaster is a cheating bastard... you might run up against a band of omniscient orcs that fight like they were trained as Spetsnaz. A sudden AssPull might save his VillainSue, or you could miss a twenty-foot-long dragon because you FailedASpotCheck. If a particular player gets annoying, his/her character might get [[DroppedABridgeOnHim a Pit Fiend dropped on them.]] (Hell, the ''[[TotalPartyKill entire party]]'' may fall victim to [[RocksFallEveryoneDies falling rocks]] if the GM's feeling especially vindictive.) And remember those blank dice? A computer can't feel spite ([[AIIsACrapshoot as far as we know]]), but you may yet come to miss the RandomNumberGod.

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If the nice GM takes things too far, the players' victories can seem [[{{Railroading}} preordained and hollow.]] And Pelor help you if a KillerGameMaster is a cheating bastard... you might run up against a band of omniscient orcs that fight like they were trained as Spetsnaz. A sudden AssPull might save his VillainSue, or you could miss a twenty-foot-long dragon because you FailedASpotCheck. If a particular player gets annoying, his/her their character might get [[DroppedABridgeOnHim a Pit Fiend dropped on them.]] (Hell, the ''[[TotalPartyKill entire party]]'' may fall victim to [[RocksFallEveryoneDies falling rocks]] if the GM's feeling especially vindictive.) And remember those blank dice? A computer can't feel spite ([[AIIsACrapshoot as far as we know]]), but you may yet come to miss the RandomNumberGod.
5th Apr '17 3:18:42 AM DarthWalrus
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But take heart! It can be nice to EarnYourHappyEnding, and it certainly feels good to have your characters triumph in [[GodIsEvil this GM's]] [[CrapsackWorld mad world.]] It can often be more fun to be killed by this GM than to survive the entire adventure of a GM that's ''[[MontyHaul too nice]]''.

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But take heart! It can be nice to EarnYourHappyEnding, and it certainly feels good to have your characters triumph in [[GodIsEvil this GM's]] [[CrapsackWorld mad world.]] It can often be more fun to be killed by this GM than to survive the entire adventure of a GM that's ''[[MontyHaul too nice]]''. And always remember, the GM's word may be absolute ''in'' the game, but kicking a ''excessively'' jerkassish GM out is ''not'' unheard of.
18th Nov '16 4:19:01 AM Yukianesa
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* Nimble in ''Film/TheGamers'' is basically able to change the rules of the game at will. His antics include {{Back Stab}}bing a powerful enemy with a ballista, and {{Retcon}}ning his own death ''three times''.
-->'''Nimble''': "Did I say walk down the corridor? I meant sneak down the corridor."\\
'''Nimble''': "Did I say sneak down the corridor? ...I crawl down the corridor. Inch by inch. Looking for traps."\\
'''Nimble''': ''[To Rogar, the party tank]'' "OK, actually, you go first."
28th Sep '16 1:01:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''IrregularWebcomic'' references this [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/37.html here]]. (The characters are in a DeepImmersionGaming situation, so it makes sense in that context.)

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* ''IrregularWebcomic'' ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' references this [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/37.html here]]. (The characters are in a DeepImmersionGaming situation, so it makes sense in that context.)



* PennyArcade explores this relatively frequently, sarcastically (how else would they do things?) suggesting ''supreme'' vindictiveness on the part of those [=GM=]s. How? Magic. Magic doesn't work like that? ''' ''MAGIC'' '''.

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* PennyArcade ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' explores this relatively frequently, sarcastically (how else would they do things?) suggesting ''supreme'' vindictiveness on the part of those [=GM=]s. How? Magic. Magic doesn't work like that? ''' ''MAGIC'' '''.
2nd Aug '16 6:35:17 PM NanoMoose
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** And then amped up when SelfDemonstrating/DocScratch, kills twinbuilder (the [=GM=] at the time) and takes over the game temporarily, abusing his [=GM=] powers, even up to the point where he becomes a boss.[[note]] That doesn't keep the players from [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomping]] him though. [[/note]]

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** And then amped up when SelfDemonstrating/DocScratch, SelfDemonstrating/DocScratch kills twinbuilder (the [=GM=] at the time) and takes over the game temporarily, abusing his [=GM=] powers, even up to the point where he becomes a boss.[[note]] That doesn't keep the players from [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomping]] him though. [[/note]]
12th Jul '16 11:19:25 PM Koveras
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While Video Games are run by a cold, inhuman computer, TabletopGames can be more flexible because they spring from the mind of living, breathing GameMaster (who may or may not be cold and inhuman.) The RandomNumberGod's power can be broken, plot-devices can appear to [[DeusExMachina save]] or [[DiabolusExMachina bedevil]] the players, encounters can suddenly [[DynamicDifficulty become harder or easier]] and, depending on whether or not the game is SeriousBusiness, in-jokes can abound. There are even specialty "Dungeon Master's Dice," which are more-or-less the same... but blank on every face!

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While Video Games are run by a cold, inhuman computer, TabletopGames can be more flexible because they spring from the mind of living, breathing GameMaster (who may or may not be cold and inhuman.) The RandomNumberGod's power can be broken, plot-devices can appear to [[DeusExMachina save]] or [[DiabolusExMachina bedevil]] the players, encounters can suddenly [[DynamicDifficulty become harder or easier]] and, depending on whether or not the game is SeriousBusiness, in-jokes can abound. There are even specialty "Dungeon Master's Dice," UsefulNotes/{{Dice}}," which are more-or-less the same... but blank on every face!



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20th Jan '15 12:57:55 AM Elusivehawk
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->''The only reason a DM rolls dice is for the sound they make.''
->--Creator/GaryGygax

->''Rule Zero: "The GM is always right."''
->--Urban Dictionary

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->''"Rule Zero: The GM is always right."''
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22nd Dec '14 11:38:22 PM billybobfred
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But take heart! It can be nice to EarnYourHappyEnding, and it certainly feels good to have your characters triumph in [[GodIsEvil this GM's]] [[CrapsackWorld mad world.]] It can often be more fun to be killed by this GM than to survive the entire adventure of a GM that's too ''nice''.

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But take heart! It can be nice to EarnYourHappyEnding, and it certainly feels good to have your characters triumph in [[GodIsEvil this GM's]] [[CrapsackWorld mad world.]] It can often be more fun to be killed by this GM than to survive the entire adventure of a GM that's ''[[MontyHaul too ''nice''.nice]]''.
18th Sep '14 1:53:44 PM pionoplayer
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* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'': Due to the meta nature of the game, the fact that this is one of its founding tropes is lampshaded every once in a while by characters. The best part is that its revealed in-universe that some of the characters are aware of their own fictionality, even ''after'' the point in the second main game when the game master is pulled into the game and a good number of the players decide to get revenge.
** And then amped up when SelfDemonstrating/DocScratch, kills twinbuilder (the [=GM=] at the time) and takes over the game temporarily, abusing his [=GM=] powers, even up to the point where he becomes a boss.[[note]] That doesn't keep the players from [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomping]] him though. [[/note]]
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