Empty Nester – Extraordinaire

creating, living, loving – all in a long black skirt

In Good Company


I found my Christmas stocking FULL of items suited to being a DM.  For those of you not in the know, a DM is a dungeon master. Sort of a tour guide in the world of Dungeons and Dragons.  I’d played a bit shortly after Eric and I got married and moved to Orlando, Florida.  I was hooked. After we moved, we tried to get groups together every now and again, but nothing stuck.  A couple months ago, we tried again to get a group together.  It worked!  I’m sure it helps greatly that three of our four kids are old enough to play and the youngest already shows an interest. Even if we can’t find friends to come over and join us, we’re set! 

Truth:  I greatly dislike DMing.  Judge, jury, executioner.  Yes, it all sounds like something I should enjoy.  Storycrafter, dreamer.  More like me.  Organizer, task-keeper, manager.  Even more like me.  However, there is something about the job that drives me up a wall.  A weathered, gray stone, stained with the blood of orcs, wall.

Truth: I shouldn’t complain.  My family likes playing together and they claim I’m good at it. 

As it turns out, I’m in good company as a DM and player.  Many people I respect greatly are known to play. Kevin Smith, Jon Favreau, Matthew Lillard.  Even Judy Dench!

So, as a part of my preparations for 2011, I’m embracing what D&D [DMing, especially] can teach me. 

  1. Planning
  2. Updating those plans on the fly
  3. Enjoying the journey
  4. Accepting help
  5. Always using a critical and creative eye

Although, I also need to keep in mind that it’s not all about the loot or the XP.



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2 Responses to “In Good Company”

  1. Michele
    3:48 pm on January 13th, 2011

    I couldn’t help but smile when I read that Judy Dench has been known to roll the D&D dice. So awesome.

  2. Jessica
    1:55 am on January 20th, 2011

    Ha ha! I love DnD! My husband got me hooked on it a few years back. Its like reading a story but you decide what happens! We also play a few mmo’s: Everquest, Everquest 2 and Guild wars.

    I feel you about being a DM. There is a lot of pressure about making a good story, keeping things interesting, balancing player needs, ect. I only have the confidence to DM if I have a good story or really good idea. Good luck with it tho!

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