Friday, February 17, 2012
Is the DM equal to the players?
Is the Dungeon Master just another player?
The debate seems to be raging as 5E slowly rears its its all encompassing eye over gamerdom. The cries of players yelling for rules and controls over DMs seems to me like the cries of the French Revolution, "Off with his head"! Equality for all in an RPG cant be achieved. If the DM is equal to the players then you force one player to lose every fight. One players must always defere to the group. One player will never get to win. DMing like that will drive the few good DMs away.
For every good Dungeon Master there is probably 4 or 5 bad ones. The masses who post on WotC's boards seem to think that with the right set of rules they can control a bad DM and make a perfect game. Bad DMs are like unto a force of nature. No rule or system of controls can constrain the train wreck of a bad DM. I understand finding good DM's is hard but you can not fix a bad DM. The only thing you can do with a bad DM is leave the game.
I was originaly curious about 5E. But i come to realise. It can not encompass all past types of D&D. The differences between editions are too great. To keep the new edition players it will have to power creep. The old edition players dont want any change, which there will have to be to unify the editions. The dream is actualy the ravings of a madman.
5E wont work. It will only further splinter the player base.
The only one benefiting from a unified D&D all playing the same game is Wizards of the Coast.