So, I’m a Game Master for a group of nerds and geeks in the DFW area. I award bonus XP to anyone who brings snacks or drinks for the group. Now, it’s not a lot of XP, just a little something on the side to encourage people to pitch in. I sort of see this as helping the gaming environment and therefore helping the story. No different than awarding roleplaying XP right? Wrong. One of my players, we’ll call him Thaylod, gets it in his head to buy me one of my favorite drinks: a huge monster. I’m grateful but I remind him I can’t award him bonus XP for just getting me a drink as that would be unethical. It has to be something for the whole group. Then he gives me this look like he wonders if he can get the drink back or if I would be willing to split it with the entire gaming group. I shake my head and whisper “no dice.” Then I smile, thank him for the monster and take a huge gulp. After all, it would be unethical of me to award players for catering specifically to me outside of the game world. Let this be a lesson to you who seek to break the game by bribery. For I am the LAWFUL GM. Defender of truth, enforcer of justice, master of games, drinker of monsters, slayer of spiders and twiddler of thumbs. Mwahaha!
PS: Sorry about that, Thaylod, in retrospect I was kind of a dick.