I’ve been gaming since the….. I played D&D before there were Editions, let’s just put it that way.
My GMing experience includes table-top games, LARPS, play-by-email, play-by-post and even play by video call. I’ve never written a gaming book but I’m friends with guys who have and guys who have been mentioned in books. I love gaming and getting people involved in good stories. For me the best games are the ones that take on a life of their own. We have joked on occasion that I could skip some sessions of my games and they could run on inertia, with the players having enough to talk about amongst themselves to fill the session.
Strange as it may seem for me the highest praise when running a game is when a player looks over at me and utters the phrase “You rat bastard.” because something has just happened that is super cool, and for the character at least, terribly painful on some level.
I took a vacation from GMing for a while, to prevent burn out. Some of my players tried their hands at GMing, and it was good to let them get some experience on that side of the table and for me to get to enjoy ruining their carefully laid out games….well, you know how it goes.