One of my players recently gave me what I feel is a huge compliment. Huge to the point where I've been inspired, spurred on if you will, to up my game even more than I try to do already. I've only been GMing for this fellow for about a year and a half and this is what he said to me last Sunday...
"The first campaign I played in [with the current group] was a D&D game and it was hot. The next one was hot too. The third one was also pretty hot. Then...nothing. You came along, joined the group, started GMing your game and it was FIRE. Everything you touch is fire. I will play in any game you run."
At the risk of sounding sappy, this kinda moved me. Sometimes you see your players faces, hear the gasps and laughs and cheers and you still go home and say to yourself, "Man, was that good? Did they really like it?" Do you? I do. I put forth a lot of bravado at the table but I'm actually not that self-assured. This was like getting solid proof of a job well done. This was better than a pat on the back, someone buying the GM a soda or any kind of thank you. It was made even more meaningful because I know for myself that I don't need or want a thank you. I do want people to tell me whether they liked my game or not though so I can constently adjust and improve it.
My friend's statement was all that and a bag of chips.
Good gaming all,