Don't hate the player...
Do you like board games? Or do you think they’re just “bored” games?
The realm of tabletop or even live-action RPGs (role-playing games)—perhaps best encapsulated in Dungeons & Dragons—represents an entire universe of gaming that most people will never experience.
Made especially famous from the ’80s onward, RPGs can constitute adventures and campaigns that can last days, weeks, even decades, so naturally, the commitment you see among dedicated players is a serious one.
Perhaps for this reason, many people are disinterested in even trying their hand at a game for the first time. But as they say, don’t knock it till you try it.
Thinking about trying out an RPG for the first time? Or maybe you and some friends just started and you’re looking for tips on how to have the best experience possible. Dungeon Masters and veteran gamers of Reddit were asked to share their best advice for new players, and this is some seriously good advice.
A common noobie mistake is to create an edgy loner character who has no reason to work with the group. Don’t do that. RPGs are cooperative games. (nothing_in_my_mind)
I had a player who was habitual with that s**t. Every f**king character he made was Dirk Lonewolf, the edgy master of darkness and cringe. I kept asking him to make characters that would work better in a group, he kept making the same character.
Eventually I was basically running two games simultaneously; one for Mr. Darkpants and one for everyone else who actually liked running as a team.
Don’t be that guy. (netmier)
The End Game
Make sure that everyone playing the game has the same expectations concerning the tone of the game going in.
If you got 1 person expecting Lord of the Rings, another expecting Game of Thrones, and another expecting Monty Python and the Holy Grail, you’re going to end up with some very unsatisfying gaming sessions.
Nothing is more annoying than 3 people making extremely serious characters, and 1 person making Colt Magnum, the Gnome Wizard Porn Star. (Laurcus)
Go With the Flow
Games are supposed to be fun; the rules are there to facilitate, not dictate. Sometimes it’s better to make something up than to go digging through books in the middle of a dramatic scene. (buttchuck)