Just A Warm Body
by, 02-22-2014 at 11:19 AM (1064 Views)
Recently and its not the only game or the only person this has happened with but there are players who show up to a game and just play games on their phone or notebook all game. I do mean ALL game not just checking email or messages real quick.
I'm in two different games with two different GMs and different players and each one has a warm body only player. Warm bodies just take up space and take time away from the game. The GM will try all kinds of methods to engage the player which takes away from interested players.
As a player, I've witnessed a few different scenarios:
a. The player plays a character who treats the other characters like dirt. Really, who wants to hang out with a jackass. Well, that's on the player.
b. GM Bias: I seen games where one player is way more powerful than the other players so the other players will tune out. That one is on the GM.
c. Player disinterest - nuff said. They consider this to be acceptable most all the time. Like folks who go out to dinner with a couple people but spend the entire time on the cell phone.
If its a or b, it is solvable by just tackling the problem head on instead of dancing around.
However, when it is player disinterest, why bother? As a former GM, I would talk to the players to see if it was solvable. If it was simple disinterest or that's just how they are (RUDE and that way in all their games), I booted them out. I would rather have fewer but interest players than have an oxygen stealers.
RUDE Players - Why not just stay at home and play video games?
GMs - Why waste game time going after the bad?
Seriously, I'm very curious.