Survey: If you could play D&D with anyone live or dead as dungeonmaster, who would it be?


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I would love Neil Gaiman to DM me, Peter Cushing, Sir Christopher Lee, Sir Ian McKellen, Peter O'Toole, and Richard Harris in the Carrion Crown AP.

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Leonard Nimoy, Sir Alec Guinness, and Anna Torv are all fantastic actors who I could easily listen to all day. Any one of them would be amazing.

Honorable mention awards go to Neal Stephenson and Ed Brubaker for Sci-Fi and Detective/Noir games respectively. I highly admire the storytelling of both to a great degree.


I'd want Friedrich Nietzsche as a GM. Driven character would get a chance to succeed, and you'd get an all-night view of a glorious 'stache.

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Jon Woo

he'd let me make a gestalted monk/gunslinger :P


To DM a great game, you would need the greatest actor of all time, Marlon Brando:

This is no fantasy - no careless product of wild imagination- no, my friends. These indictments that I have brought to you today, specific charges herein against the individuals…their acts of treason, their ultimate aim of sedition…these are matters of undeniable fact. I ask you now to pronounce judgment on those accused.

Marlon Brando as Jor-El, Superman(1978)


Marcel Marceau, maybe Ronald Regan.

Scarab Sages

Homāy or possibly Al-Khayzuran, if they were anything like the character they inspired.


Again, the greatest DM of all time would be Marlon Brando:

I've seen horrors... horrors that you've seen. But you have no right to call me a murderer. You have a right to kill me. You have a right to do that... but you have no right to judge me. It's impossible for words to describe what is necessary to those who do not know what horror means. Horror... Horror has a face... and you must make a friend of horror. Horror and moral terror are your friends. If they are not, then they are enemies to be feared. They are truly enemies! I remember when I was with Special Forces... seems a thousand centuries ago. We went into a camp to inoculate some children. We left the camp after we had inoculated the children for polio, and this old man came running after us and he was crying. He couldn't see. We went back there, and they had come and hacked off every inoculated arm. There they were in a pile. A pile of little arms. And I remember... I... I... I cried, I wept like some grandmother. I wanted to tear my teeth out; I didn't know what I wanted to do! And I want to remember it. I never want to forget it... I never want to forget. And then I realized... like I was shot... like I was shot with a diamond... a diamond bullet right through my forehead. And I thought, my God... the genius of that! The genius! The will to do that! Perfect, genuine, complete, crystalline, pure. And then I realized they were stronger than we, because they could stand that these were not monsters, these were men... trained cadres. These men who fought with their hearts, who had families, who had children, who were filled with love... but they had the strength... the strength... to do that. If I had ten divisions of those men, our troubles here would be over very quickly. You have to have men who are moral... and at the same time who are able to utilize their primordial instincts to kill without feeling... without passion... without judgment... without judgment! Because it's judgment that defeats us.

Marlon Brandon as Kurtz, Apocalypse Now (1979)


Geoffrey Robertson QC is the best Dungeon Master ever... He had a TV show called Geoffrey Robertson's Hypotheticals.

He would invite notable people, often including former and current political leaders, to discuss contemporary issues by assuming imagined identities in hypothetical situations.

The guests (Generals, politicians, journalists, police chiefs) would sit in a Panel he would describe a scenario and ask people how they would react in their position - Stuff like

"its 5 days out from the Olympic opening ceremony and you have received reliable intelligence that a terrorist group is about to deploy a bacteriological weapon some time soon."

"Commissioner what would be the first thing you do".

"he would then turn to the journalist you also have received this information what do you do?"

The scenario would have a time-line and events would role as people reacted. there were no graphics no fancy pictures just the Host weaving a plausible story from people that would be involved.

If thats not televising a game of D&D I don't know what is.

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Well for Star Trek or M&M, Peter David.

For D&D/Pathfinder/Sword and Sorcery - Hmm, How about tag team DMing of Kuttner and Moore?

And I've played with Keith Baker in Eberron. Two important things came from that game a) He bounces up and down like a chipmunk on speed and b) Never let Matt near a changeling PC.

He also keeps a copy of the Eberron core book that he has players sign. That's cool.


Oh I have another for a Supers Game...Stan 'EXCELSIOR' Lee

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i would like to be GM by Budha or one of the paizo gang


The Penny Aracde crew with Jerry at the helm. They seem like they love the game, have a ridiculous amount of fun, and take it seriously. I think a lot of the authors mentioned here write fine stories but wouldn't necessarily be good DMs, DMing isn't all about the story after all.


Scheherazade- If she was real.

Liberty's Edge

On the funny side, Tina Fey Stephen Colbert (because he seems to have a true passion for the game), Billy Crystal, Nathan Filion, and John Cleese (the session would go something like this:

PC: Yeah! We killed the ultimate boss! We won D&D!

Cleese: No you didn't.

PC: Yes, we did. That last fireball put him 2,000 HP below zero!

Cleese: 'Tis but a fleshwound...(plus, everything just sounds cooler when he says it.

Serious historical persons, Winston Churchill and Stonewall jackson.

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Kilmore wrote:
Scheherazade- If she was real.

See my post above ;)

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James Jacobs, or Jason Bulhman. SKR would probably be cool, but I get the feeling he'd scare me a little.

The name that came to mind first though? Wintergreen and the best part is, it's only just over a month until I hopefully will!


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Passed on: Dave or Gary.
Still here: James Jacobs, Eric Mona, SKR, Monte, Chris Pramas or Mike Shel.


Paizo designers

George Martin, Steven Erikson, Bakker, Mieville

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i wonder if Lisa or Vic would be awsome GMs... i mean they already control the paizo universe and so to extent the pathfinder universe....


Gygax of course.

For sci-fi gene roddenbury

For sci-fi/horror lovecraft.

Jim butcher would be an awesome gm, and i'd love to play a game set in the world of codex: alera.

H k rawlings would probably do well.

Homer, not the simpson, the writer

I'd give my pinky toe to play in an eberron game run by keith baker.

And honestly, i think dwane "the rock" johnson would do well too.

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Dungeons and Dragons? Probably any of the WotC design team. They've had the most experience in running the system. Oh, and Harley Stoh and Joseph Goodman of Goodman Games who still publish (good) 4e material.

And Scott Betts here from the boards. His RotC translations rocks! I had a chance to play in his games (he's local, relatively speaking) but damn work schedule got in the way ;(

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Erick Wujick or Roger Zelazny. The game however, would more likely be Amber Diceless.

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Nevynxxx wrote:

James Jacobs, or Jason Bulhman. SKR would probably be cool, but I get the feeling he'd scare me a little.

Are they even playing Dungeons and Dragons?

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ulgulanoth wrote:
i wonder if Lisa or Vic would be awsome GMs... i mean they already control the paizo universe and so to extent the pathfinder universe....

Are they even playing Dungeons and Dragons?

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Leafar the Lost wrote:

To DM a great game, you would need the greatest actor of all time, Marlon Brando:

This is no fantasy - no careless product of wild imagination- no, my friends. These indictments that I have brought to you today, specific charges herein against the individuals…their acts of treason, their ultimate aim of sedition…these are matters of undeniable fact. I ask you now to pronounce judgment on those accused.

Marlon Brando as Jor-El, Superman(1978)

I concur.

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joela wrote:
Nevynxxx wrote:
James Jacobs, or Jason Bulhman. SKR would probably be cool, but I get the feeling he'd scare me a little.
Are they even playing Dungeons and Dragons?
joela wrote:
ulgulanoth wrote:
i wonder if Lisa or Vic would be awsome GMs... i mean they already control the paizo universe and so to extent the pathfinder universe....
Are they even playing Dungeons and Dragons?

I'm pretty sure that this thread is using "D&D" as a blanket term for that game in any of it's editions, or any of the games based upon any of those editions. And there are a few indirect references to other games as well. If someone wanted to play a horror game with Lovecraft as the GM (as a few people have mentioned), I'd rather assume they mean Call of Cthulhu instead of D&D.


Me.

Normally, I am a very humble guy. But in this instance, I have to say that I can't imagine a DM/GM I'd rather have helming a game for me than myself.

See, I have an ideal in my mind of all the sorts of things a GM can bring to a game, and I strive to achieve in all of these ways. It's exactly the reason I write songs, and why I imagine a lot of authors and songwriters do what they do: there is something they are looking for, something they want to read or hear, and nobody else is providing it in quite the way they need it, so they try to.

Since I do strive to GM what I perceive as missing from the world, why would I want to play with anyone else?

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farewell2kings wrote:

Harry Turtledove in an alternate history modern d20 game (who better?)

Roger Zelazny. :)

farewell2kings wrote:


Walter Koenig in a Star Trek/FASA campaign

I'd much rather have him in the B5 rpg. :) BESTER for the Win!


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Joss Whedon or J. Michael Straczynski would run great games full of great characters and epic, set piece battles, so +1 for them.

William Gibson for a modern or cyberpunk game? Again, +1.

John C. Wright for sci-fi or fantasy.


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Truth be told, I'd pay money to game with the Paizo staff.

I am sure you would have to have a lawyer to negotiate copyrights for such a wild romp with the staff. They do this stuff for money.

I on the other hand make money to support my gaming. You are all invited to my compound for a marvelous weekend where all of your wildest dreams will come true!

Reading on, you'll see I suggested a price in the hundreds.

And as for attending one of your compound game tournies... I'd love to, Jail House Rock, but I guess my wildrest dream would be to have you sing the entire campaign in School House Rock parody.

Will we get a commemorative T-shirt?

Yes, a T-shirt is always included. Always.

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Who from history would I love to game with?....
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Honorable Mention: Jesus of Nazareth & Caligula (tie)

5} Robert Asprin

4} William Blake

3} Audrey Hepburn (you tellin' me you wouldn't sit at a table to play with her?!)

2} William Shakespeare

1} Ben Franklin (No one else even close -- really, he's my top ten list.)

Grand Lodge

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baron arem heshvaun wrote:
I would love Neil Gaiman to DM me, Peter Cushing, Sir Christopher Lee, Sir Ian McKellen, Peter O'Toole, and Richard Harris in the Carrion Crown AP.

Neil Gaimon iwould be wasted on a D20 game, I'd want him for Storyteller.

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My dad, my first GM. I miss him.


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FirstLevelFighter wrote:

Joss Whedon or J. Michael Straczynski would run great games full of great characters and epic, set piece battles, so +1 for them.

Problem is Joss would probably kill your character at a dramatic moment and you wouldn't have a chance in hell to survive.

"Giant spear crashes through the front of your battle wagon, hitting the driver (you). Take infinity d6 damage an gain the 'Unraisable' condition."


Douglas Adams could GM a game for me any day, I wouldn't care what system. Though I would make a request for Paranoia.

Silver Crusade

Well, it's a tie between eluki bes shahar (now Rosemary Edghill, author of possibly the best sci-fi trilogy I ever read) or Johnny Cash (whose songs are kinda twisted, y'know?).

But only if I could play with some of the board's all-stars, like Kobold Cleaver, Evil Lincoln, DeathQuaker, DungeonMaster Cal, and some of the other folks here who teach me something new every time I read their posts. Oh, and my friend Tal, too. Heh.

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Alive would be Brandon Mull.

Dead would be Jules Verne.


Lord Of Threshold wrote:
...Jesus. o.o

I'm sure Satan would run an interesting game... just don't sign anything.

On that logic Milton would be epic.

I'd choose:
Douglas Adams (obvious),
Shakespeare (intrigue, tragedy, war, politics, character and humour galore),
Homer (not Simpson - epic monsters and you can say your character truly are heroes!),
Sun Tzu (What better DM for combat?),
Garry Gygax(for his iconic relationship to RPG's) and
Terry Pratchett (again for obvious reasons).

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YHWH

Though I might be worried about houserules :-))


Roger Zelazny (yes he was introduced to gaming by his girlfriend shortly before his death), George RR Martin, Walter Jon Williams, Steven Erikson.


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I'm thinking either Lawrence "White Plume Moutain" Schick or Bruce "Return to the Tomb of Horrors" Cordell. The thing with all the authors and historical figures is that, who knows if they'd be a crappy DM?


H.P. Lovecraft.

Iain M. Banks for sci-fi games.


Rod Serling for a horror.


Steven Erikson or Ian Esslemont. I really like the setting for the Malazan books, and they started it out as a setting for an RPG.

I think Mr. Butler would be a great DM for an urban fantasy game, and probably Brian Daley for sci-fi (mostly because I loved how fun his Jinx on a Terran Inheretance setting was).

But there's more to DMing, I think, than just a fecund imagination, there's a hint of acting that goes in with it, the ability to play a character or two.

So... Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

What?

Oh! Felicia Day, too.

I think H.P. Lovecraft would be interesting, but I worry he'd make fun of our Hispanic players. So Mike Mignola is my choice for Horror.


I'll stick with living people, just to keep things in the realm of possibility. I'd like to DM for the following group: Stephen Colbert, Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day, and Morgan Webb.

Scarab Sages

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AD&D/Pathfinder (any world): Gary Gygax
Shadowrun: William Gibson


Shadowborn wrote:
I'll stick with living people, just to keep things in the realm of possibility. I'd like to DM for the following group: Stephen Colbert, Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day, and Morgan Webb.

Erm, I really read that thread title wrong/backwards, didn't I? Let's try this again.

Right now, I'd love to sit in on a Numenera game with Monte Cook.


I am surprised no one has said Kimberly Kane, Zak Sabbath, Mandy Morbid, Satine Phoenix, Sasha Grey and Connie.


Tim Duncan could be an interesting choice as well, plus he already knows the rules.

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