I’m a Spoiled Gamer

I had fun today. We had the sec­ond ses­sion of a real­ly small D&D game—just me, sam­bear and B. B was in our main D&D game but dropped out because 1) she has this life thing going on, 2) her char­ac­ter (evil align­ment) did­n’t actu­al­ly fit in with any­body else in the par­ty (all but one good, and he’s neu­tral), 3) the group was too large for her to get as much char­ac­ter time as she prefers, and 4) she does­n’t want to have to cen­sor herself.

I’ve only been gam­ing for three years, and only in the games sam­bear has run. Our Mage game grew to, um, 10 peo­ple, I think, total? Because of peo­ple who dropped out, then came back, but we’d added oth­er peo­ple in the mean­time. That was crowded—especially in the small liv­ing room of our old place. The main D&D game has been going on for two years now and has grown the same way. It start­ed with 6 peo­ple and there have been 12 in it now. Most games there are just 5 or 6 play­ers plus sam­bear, though. Thank­ful­ly. Because while we can tech­ni­cal­ly seat 12 peo­ple in the liv­ing room, even with the gam­ing table in the cen­ter for the bat­tle map, it gets a lit­tle claus­tro­pho­bic that way.

Oth­er than doing some out-of-game inter­ac­tion between my char­ac­ter and NPCs on side sto­ries in the world, I’ve nev­er been in a small­er game. And there are folks in the main game who are—well, pret­ty con­ser­v­a­tive in some ways. We don’t edit every­thing to suit their tastes, but I real­ly don’t want to make any­one too uncomfortable. 

Play­ing off B is just a lot more fun than play­ing in the larg­er group. I love the larg­er game, I want to keep play­ing, I want to know what hap­pens in the sto­ry, I enjoy some of the oth­er char­ac­ters and I like all the peo­ple who are play­ing. Some of them aren’t par­tic­u­lar­ly into role­play­ing, though, and B is deeply into it. And I think I’m get­ting a lit­tle spoiled by it. sam­bear is very much into role­play­ing, but he’s a good enough GM that he responds to the needs of his play­ers, and right now an awful lot of the folks in the main game want a lot more com­bat than story.

In the small­er game, we’re also able to fol­low the sto­ry wher­ev­er it goes with­out wor­ry­ing about offend­ing any­one, because there’s very lit­tle in this world that would actu­al­ly offend any of the three of us that would ever come up in one of sam­bear’s games. So while remain­ing aware that the four kids play­ing their own D&D game in the play­room were com­ing upstairs and right next to our area occa­sion­al­ly for drinks and food, we were able to have a far more adult game. More innu­en­do than any­thing else, but we all got and enjoyed the innu­en­do (which would go right over the kids’ heads even if they did over­hear it). B was play­ing a char­ac­ter who is very sex­u­al­ly naive and stayed whol­ly in char­ac­ter, and her char­ac­ter’s reac­tions made it even more fun.

Cur­rent Mood: 🙂hap­py
Cur­rent Music: The foun­tain burbling
Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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