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GMPC's: A Discussion

Quite recently, I found myself fortunate enough to be blessed with the company and conversation of yet another cadre of experienced Hosts. Of the various questions and concerns I had voiced, they seemed to be the most outspoken concerning our old friend, the game moderator (a.k.a. "Host") player character (GMPC).

"When you don't have enough players, it's perfectly fine to stick a DMPC in there as backup.

Just make sure they're actually backup and don't take attention away from the PCs. A good way to do this is to make a healer or other supportive role."

"I run a GMPC all the time.

I always choose a supporting role in combat, I refuse to be the party leader, and I always play the dice as they roll.

Playing a GMPC well means just being committed to the story and the others' fun, rather than being an arrogant, self-centered little shit."

"GMPCs can be safely handled if they specialize in support, say, a ranger to lead the party through Fuckscary Rapewoods safely, or an old sage who knows the cheatcodes for the bad guy's immortality spell. They also work well when you make the players hate them for being so important and powerful, then have the villain come over and instakill them, in some humiliating manner if possible. It helps to drive the point home.

Other than that, they don't really have a purpose, but as long as they don't compete for the spotlight they are fine."
All in all, I'm quite surprised by their generally constructive views on such characters. My previous estimations of the widespread distaste for this aspect of the game appear to be (thankfully) outdated.

I can honestly say that its good to see things progress and change for the better of the game.

12 comments:

psychpost said...

yes. hosting a campaign as a gm means that you are willing to create a great environment for your players. having a gmpc that is the warrior or mage hero role defeats this purpose.

of you are too often the gm, ask a member of your group to host a game from time to time, they will surely be glad to do so.

Wolle said...

I would stick with the arrogant, "self-centered little shit" :D

Jesse Crows said...

keep on chuggin haha

Intraman said...

that's some really great advice; glad to see things are evolving for the best

RageCompeX said...

yeah it's great, nice progress

freddieblue1 said...

if all else fails play support lol, although i love support

cheshire said...

I've always preferred playing a strategic, supporting role than an 'in the action' type of one; but I like killing stuff too.

theWhale said...

yeah thats true you should never take on the role of a leader

Come At Me Bro said...

This is great!

blaack said...

nice read keep them posting

The Liquor Guy said...

Interesting read, bro. I'm going to have to start following you now.

ChazWellington said...

i like to be the healer and have the gmpc be a more important role hahaha

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