“Only with a GM you trust”
In a post elsewhere, someone responded to a comment about a given GM technique with something like, “yes, but that only works with a GM the players trust”.
This is an old topic I think, and the quote gave me flashbacks to fiery discussions on ENWorld back in the day. Still, I couldn’t help but think, “Why are you playing games with people (GMs or otherwise) you don’t trust?”
Maybe I’m weird, but even in a game played with strangers at a convention, or a first meeting with a new group, I default to trust unless I am given reason to do otherwise. And given reason, I don’t play with them.
And the “don’t trust” phrase is key here. I understand taking certain attitudes with people you don’t know, but don’t trust implies to me an established relationship. If you know you don’t trust someone, why would you continue to play around in each other’s imaginations with them?
Or am I being naive here?