It seems that the more I expand my interests the more I see how role-playing games are perceived by non-gamers. Mostly it's fascinating because I've either never thought such things myself or I simply don't remember feeling/thinking whatever it was due to all my time gaming. Tonight's article reflects that. Game masters hosting games for others, and the authority involved, might look quite strange to non-gamers and the less experienced.
The Purpose of GM Authority
Why does the GM even need authority over the players? Can't the party just do whatever they want anyway? There's a balance which varies among parties and GMs across the board. Here are four reasons GMs need some control to help the game flow. Each is backed with responsibility to the group.
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