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Started by alexandria2000, October 12, 2004, 01:36:04 PM
QuoteJeez, I feel like I'm trying to psychoanalyze this guy on the basis of a few posts... but he sounds really anxious. I wonder if a lot of his behavior -- the anxious chatter, the refusal to engage, the intense reaction to criticism -- is related to a form of social anxiety. He may not be as frightened for his character as he is afraid of looking foolish or inept in front of other players. This is, of course, a vicious circle, because the more anxious and obstructive he gets, the more negative feedback he gets, which drives his anxiety up another notch.
Quote from: Alexandria2000Yes, I turtle. However, it's *not* because I'm afraid of anything happening to my character (which is what many of them think) - it's because I can't think on the fly of what my character's going to, or should, do or say. I quite literally get panicky when it's my turn - can I think of something to do that will fit into the game that everyone else can enjoy?
Quote from: alexandria2000Hi. Long time lurker, and I don't think I've ever posted. I'm better known over on RPGnet.
QuoteMaybe I should be in smaller games, as well. I'm presently running a game for my husband and a couple of people, and I feel comfortable doing that. I also game online, and I have less problems there too - I get the time to think and write out what I want to say and do. However, I'm more concerned about my tabletop abilities. I've also noticed that I feel better when there are less dice on the table and I have to worry less about dice pools and whether what I'm about to do will succeed based on a roll.
Quote from: alexandria2000And that's when the GM says "Okay, when are you guys going to quit talking and be fucking superheroes?"
Quote from: Doug RuffI'd like to answer your question with some more questions, hope you don't mind.Firstly, about something you said:(snipped)Do you feel generally unable to think of anything that your character could do, or is it a need to make your action entertaining that gets in the way of your choices?Secondly, you mention that other players in this group may have been unhappy with you, but didn't say anything. Did you ever tell them that you weren't having fun?Finally, why do you find it more fun to play in a group with the new people? For example, is it because there are less dice, or because of the character you play in that game, or because of the people?And please don't be down on yourself over this - it is highly unlikely that this problem is all about your behaviour.Regards,Doug
Quote from: TonyLBAnd, to add one question to Ron's excellent ones: You say that you prefer running Jack of All Trades characters to (for instance) big dumb brutes whose response to conflict is to pound it flat. When you did play such a hulking brute what were the specific problems you encountered?
Quote from: alexandria2000Does that help?