Now, if you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you know how I roll with a GM screen (see what I did there?). Yes, I LOVE using a GM screen. Yes, I will roll things like perception for the players (GASP! What a dumbass, right?!). Yes, I will keep the meta information from my players. This is how I like to do my GMing. Is this the right or wrong way to do this? Go read my entry of “Have We Delved Too Far?” and see if you can figure that answer for yourself.
The biggest reason I love GM screens is the information. A lot of companies really utilize the space of the GM screen to aid the GM’s. Others, not so much (I’m looking at you, Wizards!). We are not all so perfect and so “in tune” with the rules of the games we play that we never have to look up something. A GM screen is a fantastic tool! Put it to good use!
Then, there seems to be this other side of the screen. (Man, I’m on a roll today!)
As time has gone on, I have heard more and more about “F*ck that Gm screen! Get that thing away from me!”. When did it become such an evil thing to keep a bit of mystery in the game for the PLAYERS too? Why is it such a evil thing to roll the dice behind the screen? Is it that we have reached a point of such little trust that if your GM says he rolled a natural 20, that you don’t believe him? Is it that if your GM tells you his dice exploded 99 times, you don’t believe him? Or is it that you think that we are still in a day and age of “GM vs. Player” and that the GM is out to get you?
I honestly don’t know what the answer is. I don’t know why it’s become such a hot topic. Hell, this is one of the questions I ask of each of my guests during the Lightning Round segment of the show- Behind the screen or out in the open for everyone to see? It’s funny to see that there is a pretty even mix of both answers. And guess what? They are all right answers! Do it how you want to!
What are you thoughts on this topic? Do you know why we’ve reached an era of “GM SCREEN BAD! SMASH!” Let me know in the comments below!