In this season of joy and peace and love it’s easy to get all warm and fuzzy about how much we love playing RPG’s. We love the system, or the dice, or the dice bags. We enjoy spending time with our friends, drinking and eating and laughing and having a good time. Yeah, I like those things, but aren’t there things that get under your skin too?
What about those niggling little pesky things? What get’s yer goat? What things, if any, make you angry about the game, or the system, or heck...even people you play with?
Some things that bother me are just plain silly. For instance, when my ‘good dice’ roll poorly. Why? What have I done to displease the Dice Gods? But I think I have some more serious complaints too.
For example, I don’t like feeling lost in the dungeon, so I work to map it if I can. It helps if the GM is good at describing things, and I don’t even mind if he peeps my map and tells me to make adjustments. I try to do that as a GM as well, if someone is mapping it out. It’s alot of work to be that guy, fun stuff, but work. If a GM is a poor ‘describer’ or doesn’t care that I’m mapping for the party, and isn’t helpful when I need that, I get a bit miffed. It’s for his benefit too, if as I map I make note of that strange hallway we passed by...especially if that hallway leads to his Big Bad Evil Guy or a trap he was dying to spring on us. So a GM who doesn’t support me when I’m mapping out his dungeon as we play...he bothers me.
I also really get bugged when no one in the party seems to want to speak up at the table. Not be the ‘boss of everybody’, but someone really needs to take the reins and gather everyone’s thoughts on some particular matter and then guide the whole thing along. It doesn’t need to be the same player every time, but when an entire group of people (re: adults) at a table (Real or Virtual) is saying nothing and making no decisions...I get twisted in knots. Sometime I’m that guy, (the ‘caller’, for you OSR guys) but I don’t need or want to be ‘that guy’ all of the time.
I don’t love a Monty Haul style GM.
It bugs me if the game is constantly derailed by nonsense chit-chat.
Oh! I don’t like when players bring un-sharable snacks. Bring stuff for everyone! We are grown-ups people. Share your food. And if you are hosting the game, you should make some food and drink available. Even Chips and something to drink is fine, but inviting folks over and not offering some level of refreshment is rude...but that's just my opinion.
I would really like to hear what thing other folks don’t like...your nit-picks, your pet peeves. Maybe you have a story you’d like to share with the group? Drop a comment. I’m sure we’d like to hear about your gaming table issues.