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Posted By John Arcadian On February 19, 2009 @ 9:00 am In GMing Advice | 17 Comments
Every person has a particular style of speaking. Different phrases and sayings commonly creep into our personal lexicons and come out as the commas and semicolons of our speaking. Since being a Game Master is a form of public speaking, certain of these phrases get uttered over and over during the course of our sessions.
These common phrases are picked up on by the players, and often trigger certain Pavlovian responses. Take a look at your GMing style and what phrases it includes. What responses do they trigger, and what sorts of game related things do they preface.
Some Phrases That I’ve Known
Some That I’ve Picked Up From Other Sources
Now, if it seems like this article is a little sparse on tips and ideas that’s because it is meant to be. You can’t make rules or judgments that stretch across multiple people’s personal lexicons. While there are some phrases we may all share in common, and they might be telling of certain shared concepts, what means one thing to one person might mean something else to another.
At this particular moment, I would like you to tell me the rest of the story. What phrases do you commonly use as a GM? What phrases do you use as a player or hear from players? What are some great phrases that can be ripped from other media?
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