The following is a true story. Not in a, “hey, nudge, nudge, this really happened!” way, but in a “this is my best attempt at capturing the truth of these events” way.
About six months ago, as the Covid-19 pandemic was dragging on longer than expected, I had the idea of running an online role-playing game. I talked to a guy in a Facebook group and ended up posting a game on Roll20.net, a site for running online games.
The second player to join was some dude who was interested in playing a “humanoid, cute cat-girl with nine tails”. It wasn’t perfectly in line with the game I’d posted, but I was trying to be flexible and suggested a way to fit the concept into the game. As I corresponded with him, I got the feeling that he had a rigid vision of this character and was inflexible with it – instead wanting the game to adapt to his vision.
A Ranma 1/2, anime style game wasn’t what I was looking to run, and I was becoming increasingly concerned that the character had come out of a furry fetish fantasy the player had. Not being interested in becoming his unpaid sex worker, I abandoned ship and shut down the game.
A little while later, I came across a post on Reddit, where the author had talked to a player about being his paid dungeon master (DM) for a one-on-one game of “Call of Cthulhu”. The player wanted the game to be about his character, as a foreign exchange student, coming to America and enrolling in a female-dominated high school, where the girls were giantesses and he would eventually build a harem of them.
The last line of the post, “Sometimes, 40 bucks just ain’t worth it.”, makes me laugh every time I read it, as does the top rated comment: “I realize this isn’t the most relevant criticism of this guy’s behavior, but I feel like Call of Cthulhu isn’t the best system to play out that kind of story.”
So shortly after my wife and I had had a good laugh at this and I’d sent it to a bunch of friends, I was talking to another amateur writer and told her about being a paid DM and running games online for money. I told her about the giantess fetishist and we both had a laugh and continued talking about writing.
I lost touch with her, then a couple days ago (about 6 months after I’d sent her the link), we got chatting on Reddit again. She mentioned that she was running 5 paid DM games a week, including 4 “giantess” games. I congratulated her on making a go of it with paid DMing, laughed at her joke, then slowly realized she wasn’t joking.
SHE CONTACTED THE DUDE FROM REDDIT AND OFFERED TO BE HIS ONE-ON-ONE DM!
THEN, she found *3* more dudes into the same thing!!!
Apparently she’s been earning $60 every 3 hour sessions with these guys and has been doing so on an ongoing basis, to the amusement of her husband. She says the games are mostly PG (parental guidance, a movie classification saying the entertainment is appropriate for 13 year olds).
I asked her if she’d considered combining the 4 guys into one game, but even she thought that would be too much. I told this story to a friend, who wryly observed “too much for one giantess.”
For those who want to get into fetish role playing online, I guess there’s a place for everyone. I’d suggest being upfront about what you’re after, otherwise you might have your potential dungeon master writing about their experience in RPG Horror Stories on Reddit.
For those who want to role play online, but aren’t interested in fetish games, go with your gut. If a player seems to be pushing for something incredibly specific, make sure you understand what you’re getting into.