After a long series of bad rolls, I commented to my husband: "It's very true to the source material. Not The Lord of the Rings -- MERP."
- Because a game catches my eye and my brain and won't let go.
- Because I love to see the magic happening at the table, when we get together to create a story never read or seen before.
- Because I love to introduce new gamers to the hobby.
- Because I love giving back to my gaming group so other GMs can have a turn at playing.
- Because I love giving back to my community by helping make conventions a success.
- Because nothing is more exciting than hosting a game for a group of enthusiastic, creative, and generous people. (Generous because it's best when everyone is trying to make others shine.)
(Thank you to for starting this self-reflection, after we started talking about women and other under-represented groups who GM role-playing games).
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