Content of the article: "Quirky, but no Motivation"
new campaign starting in a few days, hop in Discord
ask players what they're thinking, campaign goals etc.
it's pretty freeform so that's really up to us for the most part
"I'd rather figure that out in-game"
other players say stuff along the same lines
ask about party composition, what sorta roles we have n all
"Rp's more important than combat, so that doesn't matter"
this is sorta where I start to get worried, but still optimistic
make human fighter, level 3 so banneret or pdk too
party looks at me like I just let one rip
generic race/class and what they say is the worst subclass
just shrug and say I'm only experimenting
rest of party is much more colorful
elf monk, tiefling bard, tabaxi ranger, and dragonborn wiz
mfw only Str-based char
game day comes, GM starts us individually
everybody takes about 45 mins, so it's a bit after 2 hours in before I go
don't see why this took so long, my guy just gets chased to some cave in the woods by a "cloaked figure"
DM only narrated this btw, would have kicked his ass if not
rest of the party comes in here, but still seperate, characters all around the edges of the clearing in shadow
all stay hidden for now and "see what happens"
one even sneaks away somewhere
basically no one does anything until my big guy pipes up
my fighter storms out into middle of the clearing
call for everyone to come out and stop being a pansy, and all do except for sneaky guy
this is met with a sort of "uh okay lol" response, apparently other PCs haven't been so forward
basically get everyone to talk about what happened to them and how we ended up here
start figuring out the plot for starters, my guy gets some torches together for everyone
my guy is about to have us all march in and find out what the deal with this cave is before session ends
I'm really surprised that was it, but whatever, through the grueling character intros at least and can finally act as a party
why can't 'man with a plan' be a popular archetype
Well, after 2 hours of intro and having to sit on my hands, seeing the players sit on their hands while in character I just couldn't stand for. Please, people, just take some agency with your characters. Your DM and party will appreciate it. Why is this such a common thing anyway?
- Tentative Push-On Rules to Keep Dungeons Rolling
- Campaign Starting Advice
- A disappointing end. Where could I have done better?
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