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    11 KB Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)21:52 No.4054382  
    My group and I are from a poor neighbourhood. We grew up together, and when it became apparent that the girls who went to our school weren't interested in dating anyone who would anchor them in this shithole we turned to RPGs. Over the years it just became a fact that Friday nights were at my place, drinking and roleplaying. I think that I can look back on these nights as some of the happiest in my life: no matter what the week holds, we all come together and roleplay, and eventually we can laugh about the shit that happened.

    I am the GM, a role that I love doing. Everyone else has been fine with that, so I come up with campaigns and let them do whatever (if someone's idea is better than the campaign we charge off on that road instead). Most of my sourcebooks are downloaded. Every year for my birthday everyone comes together and buys me one hardcopy book, and they all write in the cover so the books are special to me.
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)21:52 No.4054389
    But anyway, for my last birthday I recieved the Dark Heresy corebook, and we just finished our campaign. One of the final chapters saw one of the NPCs, Guardsman Ferrus Victus, killed in the penultimate battle against the Chaos-led sepratists. When the war was won, the PCs attended his funeral in a small town where his family had lived. Slowly, all the characters who had been affected by him through the campaign filed in, and soon there was a large crowd there to see him off.

    That campaign ended two weeks ago. This week passed, my group approached me with a small box, saying they wanted to thank me for being the GM for them. Inside were a pair of dogtags they had engraved with Ferrus Victus's name, rank and unit, the second engraved with an Imperial eagle and, "We are the shield which protects Humanity."

    I know this would have cost a lot, and I haven't taken them off and don't plan to. This is one of the nicest things anyone ever did for me. I have to confess, I was almost moved to tears.

    Guys, I don't have much money but I need to make it up to them. What do I do?
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)22:02 No.4054488
    DM another Dark Heresy game.

    I'm upper-middle class, and fuck it I would give it all away to be one of your friends.
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    Reading this made me think. My GM has been around for a long time, writing my campaigns and shit, and I've never really shown him that I appreciate his work apart from saying thanks at the end of each session.

    Damn it, that's about to change! Next session, I'm arriving with a muffin basket and card!
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)22:07 No.4054534
    it's very simple.

    Continue doing what you are doing - if you can run a game so good that it moves your PCs to become emotionally attached to their characters, then you have already made them far more happy and given them a greater gift than one of physical elements.

    You've allowed them to escape: you've allowed them to find solace and comfort and something to look forward to at the end of a hard week.

    That's the best damn gift of all - something that we all wish we could find.

    As to the dog tags - keep them, treasure them - they are a symbol to what you all shared together.
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)22:09 No.4054555
    You sir, are awesome.
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)22:09 No.4054559

    That means second to last.
    Aaaanyways, that's one of the most touching things I've read about an in real life gaming group. Your players love you. I have no idea what you should do to make it up to them.
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)22:12 No.4054580
    Stories like this warm my heart and make me forget that people are dreary idiots most of the time.
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)22:16 No.4054613
    This is so sweet. I agree with everyone who says to just keep doing what you do. You give them something to look forward to and I'm sure they do the same for you.
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)22:16 No.4054615
    Absolutely Touching.

    ;_; Just keep doing what you're doing. Seems like you have it down pat.
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)22:17 No.4054623
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)22:19 No.4054631
    It's threads like this that makes me wish I had friends/a gaming group. I try to do my best alone, but goddamnit if it's not hard with inspiring people like you all out there.
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)22:19 No.4054640
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)22:20 No.4054643

    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)22:20 No.4054646
    What can you do for them? Continue what you're doing. You're the one DM in the world who I actually envy.
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)22:20 No.4054647
    Feel free to ignore this if it's too much.

    You are going to run a fantasy game. This isn't going to be any fantasy game, though. This is going to be a fantasy game about your group. A great evil is going to threaten everything you hold dear, and there are only a few heroes who can stop it. These aren't some grand, prettyboy characters who exist to kill goblins and look good. No, these are some kids from a poor neighbourhood who had the guts to stand up to the entire world when no amount of fame or fortune could make anyone else brave enough, when no love or honour could make anyone else care. You're the nobodies that had the steel for a plan and the heart to make it work.

    The whole setting is going to be original material. EVERYTHING is going to be handwritten, and everything you use is going to be for this campaign. When you save the world, all the character sheets, all the GM's notes, all the dice, the pencils, the goddamn scratch paper you wrote initiatives on are going in a little box. Along with that, you put a little epitaph for each character, telling how great they were.

    None of that leaves the box until somebody dies. When they do, you get together in your little group, and you read that epitaph, and you burn or bury everything about that character. Going into the ground with that humble pine box is a memory. A memory about all those Fridays, all those empty bottles, those critical hits and levels up. It's about Ferrus Victus and the innkeeper back in who-knows-where and the very first level one human fighter you ever played. It's about your friends and all that time together.

    And you'll cry. Fucking hero's tears, you'll cry.
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)22:21 No.4054652

    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)22:24 No.4054675
    Dammit Anon, I'm shedding manly tears already.
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)22:26 No.4054696

    Don't worry. I did too.
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)22:27 No.4054698

    I do believe that this thread is relevant:
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)22:28 No.4054712
    Must... control... manly... tears...

    You sound like a kick ass GM. I salute you!
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)22:34 No.4054767
    This month is now GM Appreciation Month.
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)22:39 No.4054814
    Here's wishing more GMs were like you.
    >> W.Irving 03/22/09(Sun)22:43 No.4054859

    Seriously OP, this story makes me damn happy on the inside. I'm moving out to Wisconsin for college and won't be bringing my books with me. I was planning on just leaving em in a box in storage, but to be honest, you could probably use 'em more then I. If you don't mind a late birthday present, I'll mail a bunch of em to you. I've got 30+ 3.5 splat books, and a bunch of other systems.

    If your interested, turtledunn@gmail.com

    Regardless, you have a fantastic group, I'm happy for ya!
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)22:44 No.4054866
    Do this.
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)22:45 No.4054876
    It's moments like these that make me cease regretting the hours I spend on /tg/.
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)22:48 No.4054898

    In before he has about thirty people claiming to be OP email him.
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)22:50 No.4054911

    OP, when /tg/ plays in the RP session in the afterlife, it is people like you who will be the Grandmasters of guilds.

    If I am worthy, when I arrive I would join your Guild, no matter what the principles are.
    >> W.Irving 03/22/09(Sun)22:51 No.4054919

    To be honest, I don't care. Assuming the shipping isn't beyond ridiculous, I'd rather share my books and make other peoples lives a little better. I'm heading to Beloit, I'm going to be in the BSFFA dorms, I know I can borrow some books.
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)22:51 No.4054920
    Goddamn I am moving to wherever you live.
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)22:55 No.4054949

    Shit, I remember that thread.

    Seconded, if I am worthy I too would lend my sword.
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)23:00 No.4054980
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    This thread struck a chord with me. I don't have any brothers or sisters, and I was always made fun of in school because I'm fat and I have glasses.

    You guys here on /tg/ are one of the main groups I talk to, and, well, I never really appreciated that.

    Thanks guys, you've made my life a brighter place. When we get wherever we're going, I'll have a beer ready for you all.
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)23:00 No.4054983
    Hope someone archives this for the future generations, this is /tg/ at it's finest.

    Best of luck OP!
    >> Neco !!2xEIaE6zQtD 03/22/09(Sun)23:04 No.4055026
    This deserves to be copypasta'd everyday, so every fellow steadfas/tg/entleman can remeber why traditional games can be som awesome.

    You're not wasting time here. This is time well spent.
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)23:10 No.4055083
    OP will be the Grandmaster of the Order of the Virtuous Zenith. His words will life the hearts of the defeated, and he will pick them up from the battlefield before leading them into glorious battle astride a pure white destrier with magic white-gold barding, and his enemies will quail and flee as he brings them to justice with twin holy warhammers of fire and righteousness.

    He will be one of the few who will lead the assault on Hell itself. And when he gives the order, I will follow with the stoic heart of a dragon because I know that he fights for all that is good, and that I fight alongside him in his quest to take the Order of the Virtuous Zenith ever upward, until even the Gods themselves acknowledge him.
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)23:24 No.4055185

    Holy sheep, now this is one of the nicest and most moving things i've read in that place so far. You're quite a lucky guy so have friends like these, I wish I had that kind of memories from my young years.

    Telling that story is like climbing on your rooftop and yelling 'RPGs are freakin' manly !'
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)23:26 No.4055206

    It is, it makes me want to share this story with my non /tg/ buddies.
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)23:27 No.4055211
    I hang around on /tg/ and furry websites because constantly seeing people more pathetic than me boosts my self-esteem.
    >> Kira !!4s9RbmYMuBP 03/22/09(Sun)23:28 No.4055217

    I am quite proud of the impact you made with your players. I wish I could get that with my group.. but my group are Rollplayers, and not Roleplayers. I wish to someday find a group of Roleplayers; and a DM who is as badass as you.

    You have quite a wonderful group, and if you want to make it up to them, just keep doing what you're doing. Obviously Dark Heresy moved them a bit.. why not do another Dark Heresy Campaign?
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)23:33 No.4055260

    "You believe that I came from wealth? That I was tutored by the greatest warmasters from an early age, and used the grandest equipment?

    Things could not be further from the truth." he said, laughing once at the thought. "In reality, I came from the slums of Middenheim. Death, starvation and sickness were an everyday occurrence for us, and the few of us banded together to survive. My first real weapon was little more than a hammer I made myself out of wood and stone when I was twelve."

    Leon was shocked. "Where are your friends now?" he asked after a moment.
    "They wait for us in the Grand Hall outside Wurtbad, awaiting my return. We will be taking our crusade against evil North, to the Wastes." He looked over at the startled Stirlander, dusting the Handgunner's shoulder off so the colours showed through. "We will need stout hearted warriors. Please, come and join us."

    Leon looked in the giant's gentle eyes, and saw the righteousness blazing behins them. He knew that if he rode with this man, his life would not be wasted. Nodding in a daze, he pushed onward. Over the crest, the sun shone brilliantly as it set, the silhouette path leading onward to glorious destiny.
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)23:38 No.4055288
    I say this thread is archive worthy. It needs 5 requests with http://4chanarchive.org/

    Let us immortalize this proud and emotional moment.
    >> W.Irving 03/22/09(Sun)23:38 No.4055291

    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)23:42 No.4055335

    I agree, but how does one request?
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)23:43 No.4055341
    We have our own, better archive you know
    >> W.Irving 03/22/09(Sun)23:44 No.4055344

    Go to 4chanarvhice.org, in the left frame, request interface. Then enter the thread number (4054382) and profit!
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)23:46 No.4055366

    Why not just use sup /tg/?
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)23:46 No.4055370
    OP, if you're still here, please put this on suptg ( http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html ).

    I'd do it, but I think it'd be better if you filled in the title and description.
    >> Anonymous 03/22/09(Sun)23:47 No.4055381
    Manly tears were shed.

    One day I hope to have a GM even a fraction as good as you...
    >> Symmetry !SupTg4INF6!!nDFuPpZPhsz 03/22/09(Sun)23:53 No.4055424

    Archive it.
    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)00:06 No.4055504
    *salutes OP*

    I wish dearly that I had a friend like you. I haven't seen my best friend in a year, nor been to anything approaching a party (which up here means sit and sigh while the gamers hoot and sneer over games of Halo and GoW) in months.

    I dearly wish I were one of your friends, but I salute you nonetheless. Go well.
    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)00:14 No.4055560
    What is 'sup /tg/'
    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)00:17 No.4055586
    The /tg/-specific thread archive/game hub.
    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)00:17 No.4055588
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    But....What is this.... I don't....even...know
    >> Sup TG W.Irving 03/23/09(Mon)00:18 No.4055601
    Title - The Best DM

    Description - DM posts story that makes every fa/tg/uy feel a little bit better about the world. Restores /tg/'s faith in humanity. Every fa/tg/uy wishes they could join his group.

    Sound good? I wish OP would write it but it seems he has departed...
    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)00:22 No.4055650

    It's people like you that make me constantly realize the world is a good place.
    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)00:24 No.4055685

    Should be fine, OP is gone again. Maybe the cold Winter finally claimed him, and when they find him he'll be next to a cheap computer in his house, clutching a pair of dogtags in his hands and a small smile on his face.
    >> KHORNE 03/23/09(Mon)00:27 No.4055728

    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)00:47 No.4055933

    Was this done?
    >> W.Irving 03/23/09(Mon)00:54 No.4056003

    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)00:56 No.4056023
    For the love of god, don't let this die.
    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)01:14 No.4056156
    Wow. All this time, my group have fought over being the DM. We thought it was the shit end of the stick, and I am confronted with this.

    I am ashamed.
    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)01:25 No.4056247
    Oh god man, thats, just beautiful, this should be made into a movie, one of those manly tear, good for the heart movies, a group of kids who dont have much but eachother and rollplaying.
    I would give everything to have been your friend
    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)01:49 No.4056400
    I agree with all the other fa/tg/uys. No amount of money can equal a great campaign and a greater GM. I'm the dungeon master of my DnD game, very inexperienced. Not only did you make a difference in the lives of your buddies, but you inspired me as well.

    Thank you, too. If OP doesn't use this idea, I just might. Capital idea.
    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)01:55 No.4056452

    it takes a certain personality to really enjoy it I think; not everyone's a natural story teller.

    personally, if I ever convince my friends to try a campaign, I'm all in to be DM.
    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)01:57 No.4056472
    I love you /tg/
    It makes me think about how often I GM, and how I need to step my shit up. OP, you are a great person, and just keep it up making your friends happy. Run a really amazing campaign for them next. You are a hero among all GMs, and you are my hero.
    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)01:59 No.4056496
    Inspiring story. Too bad my cynicism casts a shadow of doubt on its veracity.
    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)02:03 No.4056533
    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)02:06 No.4056555
    Fuck, man. I have no idea what you can do for your players besides just soldier on. It's stories like this that really makes me wish I had a gamin group that stuck with me since high school... sure, I got into gaming during my high school years, but I never knew anyone at school that I could play with. Any of the groups that I knew outside of school pretty much imploded when the stores we met at went under.

    ...your life seems to be lacking everything, except what COUNTS. Shit man, I ENVY you.
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    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)02:17 No.4056676
    This story makes me kind of sad.

    I've been playing DnD for a good 8 years now. Our group has been about 6-8 players in that time period and a few of us core players have traded off DMing (about 4 of us). All of the campaigns have been good, we know the system and we're not stupid. We don't run a game if we don't have a story and we don't just run a hack and slash game.

    Over that time there are a lot of character I've really enjoyed playing, obviously some of them more than others. But reading this story made me think back that, really, I was never all that heavily emotionally attached to any of the characters I played.

    Realizing that made me think about why. Do I not pour my heart and soul into every PC (or NPC for that matter) I make? I certainly like to think I spend quite a bit of time on them, at least initially with a Bio and the like, but if I've ever had a character I like die or a campaign ended I've never been all that upset.

    Are me a my friends just horrible story tellers that we can't actually get attached to our characters? Do we just not pay attention to our actual characters and treat them as people, simply using them as ourselves to funnel what we want to do in the game?

    Thinking about all of this while reading this thread made me realize one thing /tg/;
    We play this game because of the people we play it with. Our friends, our companions, they are the center of why we play. Everyone here who has sat down with friends over the past months/years realizes that they continue to go to that gaming table, no matter if it moves from one house to the next or has been in the same location for a decade, because of the people we play this game with.

    So /tg/, I not only salute everyone who has DM'd in this post, but salute the players who have played the game, and all of the joy that their friendships have brought us.
    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)02:21 No.4056712
    Grow a heart fuckfaces. This man is the empra of GM's everywhere. To disrespect him is to disrespect the art. And you know what? Even if it's not real, somebody was inspired. So bugger off and keep fapping to your daemonette porn.

    I for one would follow OP through the deepest reaches of hell, whether we come back or not. Even the Devil would bow to his ability to move.
    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)02:21 No.4056714
    Very touching.
    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)02:42 No.4056898
    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)02:52 No.4056958
    Amazing...simply, amazing, OP. I have shed manly tears and this week is dedicated to you. My life, sir, has been inspired. Starting tomorrow morning, I am going without regrets!!

    Thank you, OP.
    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)02:59 No.4057021
    I cried, I'm strong enough to admit that. OP, keep doing whatever awesome thing you're doing. That awesomeness is the best thing you can give them in return.
    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)03:02 No.4057041
    Hmm... wow.

    I gotta say, this really makes me rethink my games. There's been a lot of fighting and bickering among the group lately whenever we sit down for dnd, I guess I get so caught up over getting people back on track and focused on the game that I forget the reason we play, to be together with one another. Thanks Op.
    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)03:09 No.4057078
    Hat's off to you, OP.
    >> Radical Inquisitor Gene !!5DHr+X02Frt 03/23/09(Mon)03:12 No.4057094
    You make me shed a manly tear.

    We Shall play in Garhalla
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    I cried manly tears for you OP.
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    You're living the dream, OP. You're... you're living it... ;_;
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    You are truly worthy of a big boss salute, OP.
    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)05:03 No.4057800
    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)05:12 No.4057845
    Well, I was request #4 for archiving. Just one more, /tg/! Any story with this much win and GAR deserves a place of recognition in the annals!
    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)05:15 No.4057859
    I would follow you til the end my brother...my captain...My King! ;_;
    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)05:16 No.4057868
    Lern 2 suptg.
    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)05:31 No.4057945

    Same here :(
    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)05:42 No.4057992
    OP, I'd be glad to have a group a tenth as awesome as yours. You've inspired me to step my DMing up several notches, and I hope I'm fortunate enough to play with a GM of your caliber some day.

    Also, as the rest, manly tears were shed.
    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)05:43 No.4057998
    Wow, op. My group hastn played in 2 weeks, mostly because I've been having difficulty coming up with a new storyline. But you have just inspired me to make the best damn campaign I've ever made.

    I LOVE YOU ALL /tg/
    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)05:46 No.4058011
    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)05:47 No.4058016
    At what point did the GM say he was good?

    He just said his friends like to spend money on him as gifts in some weird showing of brotherly appreciation.

    Also not to piss in your cornflakes but there are engraving stores that can sell and do what the OP said for $15 or so on top of the likely inexpensive dog tags. That's about the cost of a pizza, so I guess that it really was a tough decision.

    OP's story also reeks of "Watch this cool last battle NO YOU CAN'T TAKE PART" ala Oblivion.
    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)05:48 No.4058019

    Hey man, your troll is showing.
    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)05:53 No.4058048
    I'm sure you're having a ball pretending /tg/ is your big brotherhood and we'd all get along if we were put in a room together with this fellow at the helm, but I'd venture to say it's much more likely the opposite would be true.

    Can't be less of a troll when I'm asking genuine questions that people seem to just assume for the sake of WHY CAN'T WE BE FRIENDS?
    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)05:56 No.4058061
    When a DM can make the players genuinely attached to their characters, as was clearly the case here, it's a pretty good indication that he's doing something right.
    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)06:02 No.4058091
    Something doesn't have to be expensive to be valuable.
    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)08:35 No.4058826
    I have been GMing for 20 years of my 29 year old life. When I lived at home it was the one place everyone could come and get away from the hell that was high school. There we would game. Every type of roleplay, board, video anything that would let us escape. A few of the guys started drinking and smoking up while we did this and my mom couldn't have cared less. A few drifted away to school or with girlfriends and we talked to them at least once a month. Out of my gaming group I have married off 4 of them and our families know to call the others in our group in case of emergencies. We have fought wars together, burned worlds together, died together and laughed together. I have no doubt now that when I am on my deathbed the same people who first swung swords and shot bolters with will be at my side. Laughing at me for failing my save versus death roll. And nothing would make me happier.
    >> Anonymous 03/23/09(Mon)08:39 No.4058846
    A man like you will never understand what this story means.

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