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POLL: What Do You Call The Guy Who Runs The Game?


376 votes were cast.


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
moderator
12
3%
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referee
42
11%
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gamemaster
183
49%
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judge
8
2%
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don't have one
64
17%
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umpire
34
9%
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host
33
9%
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facilitator
0
0%
 
POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

Yesterday's poll was apparently controversial in using the term "GM" (gamemaster) to describe the person who hosts/adjudicates a gaming session. Which leads to the question - what do you call him (or her)?

moderator

Usually defined as one who arbitrates or mediates.

referee

Just like in professional wrestling.

gamemaster

A term commonly used in role-playing games.

judge

Just like Judge Judy on American TV. Or Judge Wapner. Or Judge Koch. Or that Texas judge guy. (Yes, there are too many judge-type TV shows.)

don't have one

In our gaming group, everyone plays and nobody acts as judge or referee or whatever.

umpire

Just like in American baseball.

host

Event Host, Scenario Host, Game Host... you get the idea. (Also the one who carries parasites, but that's a different definition...)

facilitator

What Corporate America would call such a person?