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What is a Jaded Player?

Truth Seeker

Explorer
Among the vast virtual halls of EnWorld...I would like to know from one's own experiences. What are the tell-tale signs of recognizing a jaded player.

And second, what methods were used to solve and or end the jadeness?

Your Thoughts...please.
 

dagger

Villager
I am looking foward to breaking a Staff of Power of my 20th level wizards knee when we get to the end of Shackled City Path. I might be jaded, not sure.
 
One sign:

mocking NPC's, creatures and even deities, then quoting the stats of said entity as the reason it should be mocked

DM
 

JustKim

Villager
Analyzing the play/DM styles of one's fellow players/DMs and discussing the merits and shortcomings of these styles, while paying nowhere near this amount of attention to the game through the characters' eyes.

I couldn't tell you how to solve this problem.
 

Talmun

Villager
Changing PC's every other session or so, in a vain attempt to stave off boredom.

I had a player once who would start a new PC, which would have a great backstory and be role-played really well. Within a week or two the character/player would degenerate into sarcasm and bitterness and finally the PC would commit suicide, usually by attacking another player or an obviously high-level NPC. This would be followed by a week or two absence by the player, then he'd be back with another character and the cycle would start all over again.

I more-or-less allowed this to happen because I liked the guy, and he had been a really good player and DM once. It's a shame, really.
 

Hand of Evil

Villager
The player that has a story; about every game, every DM, every player is a bad story, it is not a fun story but how bad it was, what was done wrong, what issues they were...so on.
 

Oryan77

Villager
The DM puts hours of work into his game each week only to have a player critisize it and compare his style of DMing to previous DM's they've had.

Expecting the DM to be perfect and give all the focus on that PC every session even though there's 3 other players needing attention and the DM is only human after all.
 

FreeTheSlaves

Villager
A jaded player/dm is one that is no longer satisfied with the status-quo. The solution is to take a break & do other things other than d&d with your friends. Afterwards, maybe a month or two later get everyone to sit around and brainstorm the good & bad things about the previous game, & hopefully come up with a better gaming style.
 

Kae'Yoss

Villager
Truth Seeker said:
What are the tell-tale signs of recognizing a jaded player.
He's not participating in anything really. Sitting there, rolling when he's asked to, but otherwise just running with the herd, I mean, party. In a combat, he'll just bash the enemy until he dies. Will not remember any campaign details - even when they were pretty big and revealed at the very same evening. A lot of off-topic talk (more than usual). Doing other stuff while gaming (playing GameBoy, reading someting, watching TV).
 

diaglo

Villager
Kae'Yoss said:
He's not participating in anything really. Sitting there, rolling when he's asked to, but otherwise just running with the herd, I mean, party. In a combat, he'll just bash the enemy until he dies. Will not remember any campaign details - even when they were pretty big and revealed at the very same evening. A lot of off-topic talk (more than usual). Doing other stuff while gaming (playing GameBoy, reading someting, watching TV).
good points.

jaded: exhausted, dulled by experience or by surfeit....


been there done that. bored now with it.
 

Belen

Explorer
I had a player once who was very critical of how I ran the game. He wanted all this freedom, but when he ran a game, the players could not even choose the classes they wanted! The same player purposely sought the most broken combos to "compete/win" the game and then whined if he did not get his way.
 

WizarDru

Villager
BelenUmeria said:
I had a player once who was very critical of how I ran the game. He wanted all this freedom, but when he ran a game, the players could not even choose the classes they wanted! The same player purposely sought the most broken combos to "compete/win" the game and then whined if he did not get his way.
That's not jaded, that's just a jerk. :)
 

BlackMoria

Villager


I took a picture of my jaded player. Here he is sitting down for a game session.

Yep, your right.... he should knock off the junk food, he is getting a little soggy around the middle.
 

diaglo

Villager
BlackMoria said:


I took a picture of my jaded player. Here he is sitting down for a game session.

Yep, your right.... he should knock off the junk food, he is getting a little soggy around the middle.
BlackMoria,

you are my new personal hero.

one of the items the party recovered in my campaign looks exactly like this.
 

Kae'Yoss

Villager
BlackMoria said:
Yep, your right.... he should knock off the junk food, he is getting a little soggy around the middle.
Maybe, but then he isn't in danger of getting the Shadowlands Taint any time soon ;)



I always claim that I have the body of a God! Buddha's a god, after all...
 
Oryan77 said:
The DM puts hours of work into his game each week only to have a player critisize it and compare his style of DMing to previous DM's they've had.
I know one player that fits this description to a T. Thankfully she moved away, so I at least dont have to deal with her again.
 
BlackMoria said:
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I took a picture of my jaded player. Here he is sitting down for a game session.

Yep, your right.... he should knock off the junk food, he is getting a little soggy around the middle.
Egad! You must have had a runi in with one of my previous gamers, Dave Kornblett.
 

MarkAHart

Explorer
A jaded player (or jaded gamer) is someone who goes to GenCon and sees nothing interesting or intriguing. A jaded player acts as if he has seen it all, and has lost that kid in the candy store feeling when new games show up at the FLGS.
 
I thought of another one: The jaded player spends a long period of time agonizing over character concept, choosing skills, feats, writing a backstory, etc. and after only one or two sessions he declares, "I am not interested in this character any more. I want to switch."

Both of my examples are drawn from the same player who, thankfully, is no longer at my table.

DM
 

Tatsukun

Danjin Masutaa
Kae'Yoss said:
I always claim that I have the body of a God! Buddha's a god, after all...
[Nitpicker's corner]
"The Buddha" is not actually a god in the western sense. The character is human, but ascended to heaven. It'd be a better parallel to say the Buddha is like a prophet, rather than a god."

[/Nitpicker's corner]

What about a jaded DM? Surely people here have played with one / been one!

A DM who describes important NPC's as "He's a dwarf, he looks like a dwarf, why are you asking about his clothes!?"

-Tatsu
 

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