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GM obfuscation is a category of techniques to deceive the players for some game-related purpose.

Examples include:

  • Making a die roll, even though they do no not have a particular threat in mind
  • Taking aside players, even though they do not have any secret information for them
  • Recruiting players to play creatures that have impersonated their PCs
  • Playing dumb
  • Pretending they meant to do something all along
  • Uncertainty game-mastering
  • Offering up red herrings

Reasons this is done include:

  • To prevent players from using meta-game knowledge
  • To raise tension, uncertainty, or drama
  • To convey an aura of knowledge and competence
  • To surprise and amuse players

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