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Thinking about favorite GMs makes me think of one of my favorite and first GMs. He was our history teacher. His name was Mr. Army. Our teachers didn't have first names. This was in the late 80s Boarding school. We had to wear blazers and ties, and stand up when the teacher came into the classroom. I suppose it was little like Hogwarts without the broom sticks and moving stair cases.
One Saturday afternoon we the Dungeons and Dragons group were al at Mr Army's house seated around a table. There were old maps in frames up on the wall and fire crackling merrily in the stone fire place. Some of his kid’s toys were stuffed behind an easy chair. I remember the front end of a Star Wars At At peaking around from behind the chair.
There was also a pair of brightly colored plastic baseball bats. My friend and I grabbed them, and be began “deuling” with the baseball bats, gleefully quoting “hello, My name is Inigo Montoya, You killed my father Prepare to die”. After a minute of two of laugher, Mr army smiled, and said, “The whole party has been plunged into darkness as the fighter and the mage decided to deul with the party torches…..Then Mr. Army asked us to hold up the base ball bats, because those were the “party torches” if we let them down, everyones light would go out.
Mean while, our characters had come to a chasm in the under ground cavern complex they were exploring.
I thought I could have my character, the party mage, cast a spider climb spell, take the rope and climb up the wall, along the ceiling of the under ground chamber, and come down the other wall, on the other side of the Chasm.
So I told Mr. Army “ I have my mage cast Spider Climb” and I begin climbing up the wall, carrying one end of the rope”
Mr Army replied “ all right, you go over to the wall and nothing happens, you are not sticking to the wall. “
Puzzled, I asked Mr. Army “ what happened, my Mage cast the spell didn’t he?”
And Mr. Army replied “ read the last part of your spell description”
I looked at it and exclaimed, “ my character has to eat a live spider?” Mr. Army nodded affirmative. Every one at the table exclaimed “eeeewwww”
My character ate his spider, holding his nose, and we got across the chasm.
I will never forget that moment, and after that, I always remembered to read my spell description, and to take notes on 3x5 cards.
When I later was worried about writing a term paper, Mr. Army assured me “ don’t worry you have already done research…remember looking up those spells for your character and taking notes on 3x5 cards….?”
Mr. Army also ran the Diplomacy club....which I was in. then things really got messy, playing Diplomacy, but that is another story for another thread.
There have been lots of GMs over the years. I have GMed lots over the years. As Mr Bell has said, I have learned something from all the GMs I have played under.
However, I'm not my Favorite GM. My Boarding School History teacher was one of my favorite and most influential GMs. He was also by the way a good teacher, and he brought that into the games he ran.
In PFS there have been lots of excellent GMs. Nathan Meyers, Art Lobell, Sean Hans, David Montgomery, Don Walker, Dan Donnelly, Steve Miller, Jesse Riggs, many more. Its always nice to learn something new.