DM of the Rings CV:
A Subtle Hint

  By Shamus   May 28, 2007   134 comments

I hate this campaign.
Me Too.

Communication between the Game Master and the players is crucial to keeping the game fun. Solicit feedback from your players from time to time and see how they feel about the experience. If they curse, spit, or stab you with a pencil, it means they probably aren’t happy with the direction the game is going. Sadly, there isn’t much you can do about this, unless you want to give them their way. And honestly, what’s the fun in being the GM if you’re just going to let players have their way?

UPDATE: Ah. So THAT’S where the “rocks fall” joke originated!

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  1. […] Whether or not you’re able to get this information before you sit down at the table, you must be prepared either to think on your feet and guide your players back to the story you had in mind, or, if all else fails, dig deep in the notebook and pull out a plausible encounter or two to make the session worth your players’ time. If you don’t have a notebook with some backup encounters, it’s possible, but not advisable, to totally make one up on the fly (trust me). Worst case scenario, you may have to declare rocks fall, everyone dies. […]

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  3. SL says:

    Rocks fall… is a trap at the entrance of the Tomb of Horrors dating 1978
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomb_of_Horrors

  4. Samsun says:

    Oh my god. I literally had to stop crying from laughing so hard and clearing the tears from my eyes before I could write this thank you. Shamus, you made day.

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