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Unread postPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 3:57 pm
  

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Do you think there's any money to be made in this? For groups that are either too uncreative to run their own games, or simply don't feel like doing the work to GM. You could charge by the session, or by the hour.

If you're good enough, groups might recommend you to other gamers as a professional GM.

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All I charge is a couple of bucks to pitch in for pizza :D

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You get what you pay for? :P


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You get what you pay for? :P


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You get some pizza and an awesome role-playing game for free, of course.

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Unread postPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 4:15 pm
  

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I've never heard of a GM charging for services, but I wouldn't doubt it happens.

I thought it was amusing in KoDT when they talked of Brian GMing 6 games a week, charging $5 a head, or something like that, but that's a comic book.

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Misfit KotLD wrote:
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lather wrote:
You get what you pay for? :P


:shock:

In that case, he's worth a ****-load more than measley pizza.


pizza and a couple sodas :D

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Best deal ever! :D


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Fun & a free meal. Sounds good to me.

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Best deal ever! :D


:lol: I guess you can say that I'm cheap.

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I can!


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Comment: Mondos non cogitarus, Consilium!
No, he's not cheap, he's frugal. ;)

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No, he's not cheap, he's frugal. ;)


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You know the difference between Cheap and Frugal? Cheap isn't willing to pay for the extra syllable. :lol:

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You know the difference between Cheap and Frugal? Cheap isn't willing to pay for the extra syllable. :lol:


Man I really walked into this one :rolleyes:

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GreenGhost wrote:
lather wrote:
Best deal ever! :D


:lol: I guess you can say that I'm cheap.


heck i can i acctutully game with they guy(greenghost that is)


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goodhometownboy wrote:
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lather wrote:
Best deal ever! :D


:lol: I guess you can say that I'm cheap.


heck i can i acctutully game with they guy(greenghost that is)

Then you can say it with authority ;)


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MadManMike and I have actually conversed about this before. I think it could actually work if gaming became more mainstream (another reason I'm an MA :lol: ), especially if you sold it similar to clowns and magicians (doing birthday parties for older kids, pre-teens, and teens). Unfortunately, I think there's probably still too much bias (against gaming in general) and not a concentrated enough consumer base to cater to.

Personally, I'd love to do it for a living. Now, if only we can get Palladium big enough to subsidize it as another marketing strategy... :lol:

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goodhometownboy wrote:
GreenGhost wrote:
lather wrote:
Best deal ever! :D


:lol: I guess you can say that I'm cheap.


heck i can i acctutully game with they guy(greenghost that is)


thanks man- I appreciate that :badbad: LOL!

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lather wrote:
goodhometownboy wrote:
GreenGhost wrote:
lather wrote:
Best deal ever! :D


:lol: I guess you can say that I'm cheap.


heck i can i acctutully game with they guy(greenghost that is)

Then you can say it with authority ;)


blah-blah-LatherMonkey-blah-blah :frust:

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It could work if you modeled it after say games workshop. Where all the product is in the store (palladium products and other game systems) and you demo play games at the table for those interested and can set up actual gaming sessions with fee's to play.

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Just feels weird to pay to play.. to me.


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Zylo wrote:
I've never heard of a GM charging for services, but I wouldn't doubt it happens.

I thought it was amusing in KoDT when they talked of Brian GMing 6 games a week, charging $5 a head, or something like that, but that's a comic book.

Actually, I seem to remember a story I was told at a Con...
(Warning: Second-hand story; likelihood of fabrication - medium)

Apparently, there's a female GM somewhere in Arizona (Tempe, IIRC) that ran games so well that her group, composed of working professionals (doctors, engineers, lawyers, etc), chipped in, and provided a living wage (I heard 40-50k) for her, just to work on making games for them.

I personally figure the story is a lot like the dream of getting paid 100k for playing video games, but I've since found out some people actually do that, so who knows...?

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Novastar wrote:
Zylo wrote:
I've never heard of a GM charging for services, but I wouldn't doubt it happens.

I thought it was amusing in KoDT when they talked of Brian GMing 6 games a week, charging $5 a head, or something like that, but that's a comic book.

Actually, I seem to remember a story I was told at a Con...
(Warning: Second-hand story; likelihood of fabrication - medium)

Apparently, there's a female GM somewhere in Arizona (Tempe, IIRC) that ran games so well that her group, composed of working professionals (doctors, engineers, lawyers, etc), chipped in, and provided a living wage (I heard 40-50k) for her, just to work on making games for them.

I personally figure the story is a lot like the dream of getting paid 100k for playing video games, but I've since found out some people actually do that, so who knows...?


We can all dream, can't we? :D

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If they were so good why haven't I heard of them? :) :P


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Best kept secrete?

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yea, must be that.


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I had a player sell me their soul for a rune weapon once. Now, if I could just remember where that contract was............

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Yea, that is not the kind of thing you want to lose or just have laying around somewhere.


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I doubt that it would ever work.

Also if there is a woman in Vegas that is making mid 5 figures running game sessions she is doing more than just GM'ing... I would bet her income comes from roleplay of a different sort that invloves french maid and schoolgirl outfits. :P

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I've been hearing that one for years although the location changed based on where I was at the time. While at BSU (before my military career) I heard rumors of this person in Anderson. My first assignment was in Tucson, AZ and the rumor was of a DM in Phoenix. When I lived in Vegas I heard the rumor again. Now there very well could have been a professional DM/GM/Storyteller in all of those locations but I kinda think we have a gamer's urban legend on our hands.


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Ghostorb.com was actually working toward doing something like this as part of their marketing strategy. It was going to be a website that allowed you to run games online similar to openrpg or screenmonkey, only they were also incorporating voice right into the program. They were going to have professional GM's that would run games for those that didn't have a regular group. It was supposed to be monthly fee based service. It got off to a quick start, but after a while development grounded to a halt. The site was up for about another year, but then it disappeared about 3 months ago.

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I doubt that it would ever work.

Also if there is a woman in Vegas that is making mid 5 figures running game sessions she is doing more than just GM'ing... I would bet her income comes from roleplay of a different sort that invloves french maid and schoolgirl outfits. :P

I would, too :D


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There are all kinds of strange businesses. People will pay money for anything.

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There are actually GMs who are good enough that they get paid. Their names are on the covers and in the credits of the books we buy.

Unfortunately from that point forward they dont run campaigns any more, they GM the masses by letting us lesser GM's read their stuff and attempt to interpret it.

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