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Written by Expy - Published on September 30, 2007

Random thoughts

I’m back from vacation and I’m more tired than I was 10 days ago! But it’s a good kind of tired. It’s time to get back to business and I’m definitely pumped / intimidated by everything happening on Dungeon Mastering.

Fluff and Crunch

Phil – the infamous Chatty DM – has been spewing great content non-stop for the last 2 months and I especially enjoyed his article on fluff and crunch. In a nutshell “crunch” is a cooler word for game mechanics and “fluff” refers to game mood and atmosphere.

So I was wondering. Am I fluffy or crunchy?

Expy the dragon says:
DMs taste better
when they’re roasted
to a crisp crunch.

I’m not crunchy

I don’t like rules. You might have noticed that I never really get into the game mechanics of D&D. I know the rules very well – I must have read the whole PHB at least 5 times – but I often choose not to use a rule to keep a game flowing. So I’m definitely not a crunchy DM.

I’m not fluffy

I’m not a fluffy DM either. I’m not a very good actor and my ongoing campaign is very laid back. We switch from in-character to out-of-character frequently and I enjoy it because I don’t get to hang out with my buddies often enough. I can instill some atmosphere in important scenes anyway and it’s usually good enough.

My superhero weakness

Bringing great fluff concepts to life and sustaining an intense atmosphere for a whole game is actually my superhero weakness. I’ve tried to pull it off many times. It’s never quite right.


So I’m neither fluffy nor crunchy! What am I? I’m a meta-fluffy DM! I like to entertain and show everyone a good time. I used to throw huge parties at my place when I was in college and I also held a few RPG conventions and other big events. I’m just a social DM who likes to have fun, hang out, tell and create a good story.

An you know what? Playing D&D has always been a lot of fun… except when I wiped out my party!

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Meet Expy The Red Dragon

Expy is the mascot for DungeonMastering.com and the real mastermind behind Expy Games. He likes to hoard treasure, terrorize neighbors, burn down villages, and tell white dragon jokes..

No matter how fearful the legends claim dragons are, they always end up being defeated in 5 rounds by adventuring parties they encounter. That’s what dragons are – experience points for the heroes in your Dungeons & Dragon party. And this mascot is no different, hence the name Expy.

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10 Responses to “Meta-fluff”
  1. Phil says:

    Lol! My super weakness is Fluffyness also, if ya didn’t see it in my 2 months of blabbering. But I’m working on it!

    So if I get your DMing style, your’re a GO! :)

  2. Pe0 says:

    He really does a good job of entertaining his players. Never saw someone do as much hip thrust during a game!!!

  3. Yax says:

    Oh well. The Hip thrusting is all for good clean fun. At the worst it’s rated PG-13.

  4. Phil says:

    When Yax is in Montreal in the next few weeks I would love to DM a one-shot (or short campaing) with you all.

    The Pathfinder adventure could be an other option…

  5. Pé0 says:

    You all being???

  6. Phil says:

    Tous les chums de Yax qui jouent avec lui… (All of Yax’ friends that play with him)

  7. Pé0 says:

    Good I didn’t want to miss on a good game

  8. Eric Maziade says:

    I was thinking of the “metafluff” term… but more like “even my fluff is meta”…


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