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Old February 25th, 2018, 10:44 AM
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Referees, what is your payoff in playing the role of Referee?
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With respect to Traveller specifically, getting to play Sci-Fi, since the other GMs in the group only run Fantasy. More broadly, to exercise my creativity with respect to setting-building and unleashing others' creativity into it.
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I get to play.
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With respect to Traveller specifically, getting to play Sci-Fi, since the other GMs in the group only run Fantasy. More broadly, to exercise my creativity with respect to setting-building and unleashing others' creativity into it.
Pretty much this. I've spent more time playing AT Traveller than actual playing, but with my odd time constraints (starting a masters at mid-50s is an bold choice, or in Apple's view, a courageous choice [meaning this was not a good idea perhaps!]) so when I ref, I get to create entire worlds. And as witness, my various world write-up are the results of getting to play.

I would like to actually play as well at some point in a face to face game, but in the meantime, the rare refereeing is still just fun.

And now I've got the itch again - I'll have to see if I can squeeze in the time somehow to start a new game! Darn you!
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Referees, what is your payoff in playing the role of Referee?
Teaching new players how they can be Referees for games that they run.
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This. The tree doesn't really fall if no one is around to hear it.
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  • It's fun. It's social. It's a reason to get together with friends.
  • Because not a single person in the two games I referee had ever heard of Traveller before I I asked if they wanted to play.
  • To exercise my creativity, not only in story telling and world building, but in programming as well.
  • To improve my organizational skills.
  • To meet new people.
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Referees, what is your payoff in playing the role of Referee?
And what's the payoff in playing RPGs (as player or referee) or, for what's worth, in playing in general?

Fun, social relations, learing (as you always learn something)...
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I started the PbP game here as a "thank you" to atpollard for running his game. I limited the scope to just two people, one of whom I knew personally.

As we've discussed elsewhere, there are lots of playing styles for Traveller. Mine, as DM, is "Here's the environment and here are some things going on. What do you do?" As the game progresses the player(s) show interest in various aspects of the environment. I have my "big picture" thing going on in the back of my mind and then develop the environment in the places the players are showing interest.

What winds up happening is that I mentally create stories for the player(s) to encounter. I'm never quite sure who enjoys the stories more, me or them. In some ways it's like enjoying CharGen; you throw out a few NPCs. For some reason the PC thinks one or more of them are important. Then you go build the backstory for that NPC.

Because of this Play By Post suits me nicely. I have time to enjoy the environment and NPC creation. Sometimes the NPCs take on a life of their own. Sometimes the NPC story starts months before the PC meets the character.
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Referees, what is your payoff in playing the role of Referee?
To act as host to the players, providing them with an evening's entertainment.
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