The "I Didn't Comment in Another Thread" Thread


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Mad_Jack

Hero
If you're not carrying a ten-foot pole, six torches, and a flask of oil, are you even playing Dungeons & Dragons?

Back in the day, there was one session where the party didn't have a 10-ft pole, so one of the other players made a comment that we did have a 6-ft Irishman, whereupon several members of the party picked up my character and heaved him into the area we thought might be trapped.
 


Levistus's_Leviathan

5e Freelancer
There's about as much reason to distrust players as there is to distrust GMs, seems to me. I don't entirely disbelieve every horror story I see about either--bad players and bad GMs both exist.
And bad DMs have more power at a table to abuse than bad players do. So your bad DM horror stories tend to be more egregious than bad player horror stories, from my personal experience and from accounts I've seen online.
 

prabe

Aspiring Lurker (He/Him)
Supporter
And bad DMs have more power at a table to abuse than bad players do. So your bad DM horror stories tend to be more egregious than bad player horror stories, from my personal experience and from accounts I've seen online.
Also one bad GM can affect more players than one bad player can GMs--though of course the bad player is plausibly making things bad for the other players, as well.
 

Levistus's_Leviathan

5e Freelancer
Also one bad GM can affect more players than one bad player can GMs--though of course the bad player is plausibly making things bad for the other players, as well.
Yep. I personally see more bad player stories than bad DM ones (because players outnumber DMs by a lot), but the bad DM stories are normally worse.

It's hard for a single player to ruin the entire game for everyone at the table. It's easy for a DM to do that.
 

Cadence

Legend
Supporter
I don't think I've ever been as annoyed by a bad pizza chef or group of annoying pizzeria customers as much as I have been by the overly melodramatic yelpers who go on about them ad nauseum instead of just enjoying the latest pizza place they found. Especially when they could be complaining about Bards and Ardlings.
 
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Whizbang Dustyboots

100% that gnome
Back in the day, there was one session where the party didn't have a 10-ft pole, so one of the other players made a comment that we did have a 6-ft Irishman, whereupon several members of the party picked up my character and heaved him into the area we thought might be trapped.
My wife's first D&D experience included my brother's player character dragging around a goblin corpse and tossing it everywhere he thought there might be a pressure trap.

That, interestingly, is what sold her on the game. (She had come from CRPGs and MMOs, where that kind of freedom to do your own thing is much more limited, by necessity.)
 


prabe

Aspiring Lurker (He/Him)
Supporter
This all reads to me that more people should be playing online, where you have access to a theoretically infinite pool of players and DMs to match your preferred play style.
You might think so.

You might also think that gaming online would be a way for a few bad players and/or DMs to spread their crap far and wide.

The truth is probably both, or neither, depending on how you look at it.
 




prabe

Aspiring Lurker (He/Him)
Supporter
I didn't say that it was without a potential downside.

But all the people who post here who appear miserable in their games have very little to lose by trying it.
On the one hand, this is true. On the other hand, I suspect at least most of the people who seem so miserable could do with a good look in the mirror before trying it. As the saying goes, The only thing all our dysfunctional relationships have in common is you.
 

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