Somehow, I've managed to delete my GM Merit Badges post. Huh? That's what I get for trying to add a link to it in the editing screen, I guess. Anyway, here's the original post that started it all. And this new post of mine will have to be my reworked GM Merit Badge post.
1) My game will tell an interesting Story. That is, I don't purposefully write a story, but if an interesting story isn't somehow the product of the game experience, then I consider it to be a failure.
2) My games will be Scary. I'm a big fan of blending in lots of horror elements, and the dark fantasy genre, as vague as that label may yet be.
4) I will Mirror back player ideas that I think are interesting in game. Be careful what kinds of theories you discuss openly at the table; your worst case scenarios might come back to haunt you!
5) The GM is In Charge in my game and "rule zero" is in effect. I'm a much bigger believer in rulings than in rules anyway.
Did I perhaps overdo it? The creator of the badges only picked six originally (later bulked up to nine) while I'm clocking in at twelve. Dunno.