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Game Master or Dungeon Master

Post by Archived Topic » Sun Nov 07, 2004 4:37 pm

Does the term Game Master (or GM) predate the advent of role-playing games?
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Game Master or Dungeon Master

Post by Archived Reply » Sun Nov 07, 2004 4:51 pm

I seem to remember hearing this term in the late 1970s (well before role-playing computer games existed) relating to the game of "Dungeons and Dragons", a fantasy-based game which could be played either on paper or (for those who could be bothered) with hundreds of intricately painted and very expensive cast-metal figurines. This in turn was the direct descendant of "war-games", which have been played for many hundreds of years, some of which may well have had a "game-master" to act as arbiter or umpire. I'd guess that the term probably dates from the 1960s or 1970s though.
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Post by Archived Reply » Sun Nov 07, 2004 5:05 pm

Computer-based role playing games did exist in the early to mid-1970s--I used to play one on the mainframe at college. No graphics--completely a word game.

Lois, May 4
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