Over the years, I’ve talked with a growing number of GMs who prefer playing without GM screens for one reason or another. The most interesting one (personally) is how it makes them feel separate from the players rather than part of the group. For your more adversarial RPGs, sure. But story games or others where GMs are encouraged to be fans of the players, a screen doesn’t feel like a good fit.
Anyone here a fan of using playmats instead of GM screens? And for which games?
I made one for High Plains Samurai during the Kickstarter and have thought about making others for other games.