Comments on 2019-05-04 Referee Certification

Is this all a parody that I am not getting?

I always try to be diplomatic and polite, and respect other people’s oppinion, even when I disagree with it.

But this GM rating thing feels like it’s the dumbest thing related to RPGs I’ve ever heard.

What’s the point of that?! So players can say “I really would like to play in a game, and I like you as a person, but your record says that you don’t have tallied up a sufficient number of hours running games to gain the previlege of me playing with you”?

Yora 2019-05-04 11:56 UTC


It’s a half parody, as far as I am concerned. I think it’s preposterous, but at the same time, when I sign up for games at a convention there are four or five people dedicating four hours of their life to a game and wouldn’t you like to know that the GM is good before doing that? Like looking at the ratings on all the websites of the service industry from hotels to drivers, restaurants to rooms, or labels on food, don’t you want to know a little something? I know I do. Perhaps it’s the Zeitgeist. And that makes it all the more poignant for me. Plus there is the culture shift, for me: away from friends I know from school towards strangers that meet on the Internet before playing together, not knowing anything about each other, and not planning on being friends beyond the confines of the game. That too I find interesting.

– Alex Schroeder 2019-05-04 12:28 UTC


It’s one of those ideas that may sound good on paper (I mean, were I to spend a lot of money to travel to cons and such, I’d certainly choose GMs who has a good track record), but would ultimately cause more harm than good (imagine how hard it would be to get into GMing at cons as a newcomer).

Still, I had a good chuckle, and isn’t that the point of talking about elfgames? 😝

Ynas Midgard 2019-05-07 08:52 UTC


Yes! I laughed when I read that table of level titles, too.

  1. Initiate
  2. Apprentice
  3. Expert
  4. Overseer
  5. Supervisor
  6. Moderator
  7. Mediator
  8. Arbitrator
  9. Referee
  10. Referee, 1st Class
  11. Judge
  12. Dungeonmaster

Specially as I think about people using “referee” (like me) or “judge” (like Anne), or ... Dungeonmaster – which is obviously the bestest title. 😀

– Alex Schroeder 2019-05-07 09:26 UTC


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