The ever-famous Golden Rule was subject to a heated discussion amongst German blogs lately. Especially since Henning from Teilzeithelden wrote about the “gm that is is always right”, those that dismiss the rule spoke up. I am among them; I dislike the rule that just says to dismiss, ignore, change or mistreat any rule that supposedly stands between you and the realms of storytelling or fun while gaming. But I have my own Golden Rule, one that is not golden in the sense of King Midas. It is made from real gold, because it does not change you style of gaming but definitely the fun and enjoyment. And here it comes:
Always try to improve your game.
This is all of a Golden Rule that anyone needs. It is valid for gms and for players, because both can discover new techniques everywhere. If you analyze those and apply them carefully to your game, they will improve it in the long run. Maybe not the next session, but steadily. The more sources for ideas you have, the better the result. But especially for gms not reflecting your style of play and improve it will ruin your game sooner or later. Most likely more sooner than later.
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