I Stepped Down As GM — 3 Comments

  1. It’s best that you realized it first rather than it being pointed out, because that woulda been awkward. But still, it’s good to step away from the GMin’ thang for a while. I know I enjoyed the game a lot more once I wasn’t “the boss.”

  2. Congrats on a smooth handover 🙂 I’ve been in your shoes, but wound up stuck there because of a situation that made it difficult to hand the reins over to anyone else. I am really enjoying not leading things on a day-to-day basis for a while (though I’m still the leader of the overall guild, I don’t have responsibility for any single game’s guild branch any more and I’m loving that).

    Thinking something along the lines of “shut up” or “go away” or “do not care” is a completely inappropriate reaction for a GM and a big fucking clue that you need to not be doing this GM job.

    I’d disagree with this, though. Maybe you were lucky in The Snark Side – if so, I’m glad for you! – but there are times when it’s an appropriate reaction. There are some people one has to deal with who bring you 90% of the whining and drama, and no matter what you do they won’t be satisfied. With those people, since no amount of sincere GM attention will fix their issues, “go away” is an entirely fair thought to have, IMO; one just has to be diplomatic enough not to say it. 🙂

    • Yeah, I think having the “go away” thoughts are ok in moderation, but not appropriate as a response to ANY issue that happens to come my way. As you saw, I was talking very specifically about my own situation and the “you” and “I” pronouns got a little muddled.

      Also, honestly, I don’t know if I could be a member of a guild that had people who irritated the crap out of me (again) – let alone be the GM. I have been in a guild where personalities don’t click and you THINK you can just IGNORE the people you don’t like, but it’s harder than it sounds.

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