Being a Good DM by Steve Townsend

“The other players are your team. Presumably your friends. If someone ever seems upset about your brilliant role-playing move, whether you’re a player or the DM, start with, “I’m sorry. I totally didn’t mean anything by it personally.” After that, you can discuss your choice and move on.

If you have to defend yourself with, “but that’s what the character would do / I’m only playing the character,” you are probably an asshole and you lose.”

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