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blahpers wrote:Marcus Robert Hosler wrote:Substitute "responsibility", if you like. That is a thing the GM most definitely has.Kazaan wrote:I would say that being a GM is not a job.Marcus Robert Hosler wrote:Regardless, the GM is always right from a rules perspective. The GM's words are the rules...Incorrect. The GM is "the final arbiter when it comes to rules". That does not, in any way, form, or shape, translate to "he is always right" or "his words are the rules". His job in the game is to arbitrate. He is, in effect, President or Prime Minister of the game; he runs it, he doesn't own it. It belongs to the entire play group and he is only one individual among several in that group; maybe an individual with a very particular job, but an individual none the less. The GM is not your King, your Emperor, nor your God. He is another player in the game who has a specific job in the game. Period.
I would say that GMing is not an obligation either.
He or she is the Game Master, not the game referee.
A referee is exactly what the GM's role is.
"A gamemaster (simplify as GM, also known as game master, game manager, game moderator or referee) is a person who acts as an organizer, officiant for questions regarding rules, arbitrator, and moderator for a multiplayer role-playing game."