Gaming, Tennis or Tea
by, 09-28-2010 at 04:51 PM (592 Views)
Now my comments are not about the game that I am running because folks stay in character pretty well but there is a game that I play in where that is NOT the case. The system we play is my favorite so yes I want to stay in character. Sure, when I arrive at the game, I'm good to chat for awhile, take a break or two during, and certainly chat afterwards. However, this particular group won't stay in character for more than five minutes at a time and that's generous.
Finally, recently, I said look, "Are we just not meshing here? From the GM, I hear "I can always GM something else if no one wants to play." My response - This is my favorite game but I won't speak for anyone else at the table. Side bar - That lead me to believe that the GM really isn't putting forth much effort or running a canned campaign. My reasoning.... Currently, I'm running a campaign in a different system that's not canned and I'm putting forth great effort and its going to be long term. If someone were to just up and suggest another game instead, I would have many colorful adjectives to respond to that because I have put forth a bunch of effort.
Another player said that they were fine with just getting together and chatting instead of gaming. To which, I responded with "sure." Not that I wouldn't mind chatting with this other player over tea but when I write a background, put forth a character sheet and lug all my gaming stuff for/to said game, I wanna game. To just chat, I don't want to put forth all the aforementioned effort. I'll meet them for coffee or something and put forth my $2 which I have done in the past with other gaming friends and still do.
With the second point, maybe I missed something because I equate it to this: Years ago when I was an avid tennis player, my tennis buddies and I would meet for a movie or gossip and we did. However, when we met on the tennis court with our gear and court time that we paid for, we played tennis. We didn't even keep score since we were friends. We just played to improve our skills. There was no question of doing anything else.
Does anyone else feel as I do? Have similar experiences? Or Did I miss the memo?
Not trying to be a negative nelly but gorrammit, I had to get this off my chest. Also, I just realized that I miss tennis. I may not be John McEnroe (though I can curse like him if provoked) but I had fun and my legs were tan.