Content of the article: "I got a call from “That Guy” in my game, and he apologized!"
About three years ago, I asked some friends if they wanted to try D&D. None of us had played before, but we ended up having a great time. We played through the starter set, and I ran my own campaign after that.
However, we had "That Guy." He played a female who made uncomfortable flirtations with another PC; he picked fights no other players wanted because "it's what my character would do;" when I asked the players at session 0 why they wanted to play, he said he wanted to do crazy stuff just to see how I'd handle it; and I had at least one player quit the game because of how frustrating this person was, both as a person and a player.
In hindsight, I should have been more assertive and put my foot down. But at the time, I was inexperienced, and That Guy was also the brother of my best player, and I didn't want to risk losing the latter.
In any event, I moved across the country last year, and we ended the campaign. I thought that was the end of it.
The Phone Call
I recently got a text message from That Guy asking for me to call when I had a chance. It struck me as unusual, but I was still friends with his family, and we knew each other from more than just D&D, so I reached out to him.
He let me know that he just started running CoS, and he wanted to apologize for how he behaved in my game. He had his own "that guy" in his party, and opened his eyes to see how his behavior had affected everyone else at our table.
I just wanted to share this story with this community because I felt y'all would appreciate it. There are so many stories every day of problem players causing strife within their gaming groups, and DMs like myself that don't know what to do about it. I wanted to let everyone hear a story that had a happy ending.
I'm not saying you shouldn't be willing to remove a player if they are causing problems at your table. Heaven knows that if the person he was back then tried to join mt group today, I would have handled ur differently. But it warmed my heart to find out but this player matured and gained some self-awareness that would make him a better player moving forward. PCs level up and improve, but it's even better to see players grow. Happy gaming!
TL;DR: Tbe problem player from my old group called to apologize after he started DMing and realized how his behaviour negatively affected the other players.
- DM overload
- I’m an experienced-ish DM who doesn’t like DMing for my completely new players/friends, should I quit or push through?
- Am I that bad that no one wants to play with me?
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