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Started by droog, July 17, 2005, 07:36:29 PM
QuoteI feel sorry for these people. I feel like I'm looking at them through the wrong end of a telescope and they're so far away that I can't even shout out and help them. Then I feel patronising for feeling this way.
Quote from: Frank T on July 19, 2005, 09:18:55 AMI think the reason why many people still maintain to go on doing endless IC dialogue over nothing is a simple misperception: They think if they once had fun with it, they can do it again. It's like, hey, this used to be fun, and now it ain't, so I must be doing something wrong. I gotta keep on trying.
Quote from: greyorm on July 19, 2005, 05:35:59 PMMy god, Frank, this describes exactly my experience with one of the games I played in for a number years with my wife, until I decided to leave it because I was bored out of my skull. You may have heard me complain in the past about "Soap Opera Role-playing". The above is it. It is exactly what I've always referred to by that term. "Blahblah blahblah blahblahblah," pose, pose some more.
Quote from: Travis Brown on July 20, 2005, 04:48:14 AMThen I guess you could ask yourself what is is about this RPG session that you like so much that keeps bringing you back there, and perhaps you may have an indication of where some of the other people are coming from as well.
Quote from: droog on July 20, 2005, 07:38:15 PMThe fact is that I don't enjoy the game at all. The people are really quite nice, and I appreciate the fact that they have been friendly and welcoming despite the fact that they don't know me from Adam. That in itself wouldn't be enough to make me go to the sessions, though. There are plenty of nice people in the world, and I find role playing an inefficient way to socialize.
Quote from: Frank T on July 21, 2005, 05:59:26 AMFirst, the system promotes it. There are lots of skills, so lots of checks to be made for pointless things like bargaining, recognizing a crest, making fire in the wilderness, etc. Second, the setting promotes it. There is tons of detailed information about the setting to be explored, so expect both GM and players to show off with their setting knowledge. I mean, they didn't read those 400 pages to now keep quiet about them, did they? Third, the official adventures you can buy in the shops are heavily railroaded. As in, total plot control by the GM. There is literally nothing meaningful the characters can do, no matter what the players want. So how else are they going to entertain themselves, beside coming up with a genius tactical idea in combat every now and then (that doesn't affect the outcome, but may gain them compliments)?
Quote from: Travis Brown on July 23, 2005, 01:46:37 AMNot an effective way to socialize? you seem to be attending and observing these sessions entirely as a sociology experiment, and you're stating this result as if it were your findings rather than your personal opinion as far as yourself is concerned. Am I right in assuming that your assessment is from a personal preference standpoint?
Quote from: droog on July 23, 2005, 05:38:33 AMOf course. What else? That said, it still seems to me that you might as well just hang out and watch videos, or chat.It's my firm opinion, based on my observations, that they aren't having that much fun. What else do you want from me?
Quote from: droog on July 17, 2005, 07:36:29 PMI would love to get a closer analysis. Is it just habit that keeps these people playing? Why, despite the fact that I'm bored, are my contributions welcomed? Is there any significance to the fact that most of these people play together in LARPs?
Quote from: Travis Brown on July 23, 2005, 06:04:53 PMI think you may be misinterpreting my quote as an attack on you, I'm just trying to clarify if you are attending the game sessions out of a desire to play the game and have fun, or are merely there as a sociology experiment, that's all....