Pacifist ideals - and games - work okay until you run into that one butt-head that doesn't wanna be peaceful and WANTS to fight. It may be a TV show, but I keep thinking of Kung Fu - Cain really wanted to live a peaceful life, but kept running into bad guys that just insisted that they needed to...
Brother, I definitely smell what you are stepping in. I've made the same journey as you, with the same results.
For no good reason - other than I am feeling argumentative today - I offer one suggestion as to why this happened. Familiarity.
No matter what kind of warts or scars there might be,...
I'm big on 3x5 index cards. As DM, I put all pertinent monster data on the cards for quick reference when playing, and I always put spells on cards, so I don't have to scramble with, "Was that a 100' range + 10'/level, or a 40' range + 20'/level??"
While I'm not a Luddite, I'm still not...
1. Holy necro-post, Batman!! Last activity was in 2011... almost 4 years ago!
2. Yeah, you are spot on with almost all of what you say. It is the GM's fault for all of this.
3. What is the definition of "sicko"?? THAT'S where you might get into trouble. I know folks that this...
I like to use a little from all in the DM's home brewed world.
Preferred Playing Style:
50% Roleplaying / 50% Combat
Ideal Group Size:
What are you looking for?:
I and my fiance (who is my only means of transportation) are looking for a Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 game preferably, but are open to trying just about any RPG as long as the group is willing to deal with noobs. Someplace close to Johnson State College would be great (on campus would be mind-blowingly awesome), but we're willing to go as far as Burlington (estimated at around 50mi / one hour away) once a week. (If the group is closer then we might be able to play more often.)
I've really only played D&D 3.5 and 4e. I think that 3.5 is as perfect as it's going to get for me, mostly because I like to play with level adjustments and the massive amount of personalization available, but also because I've absorbed most of the rules as a part of my very being at this point. (Though I try not to be a rules lawyer.) I'd like to play as often as possible, I'm completely addicted, but all of my friends who I used to play with have wandered off while I wasn't paying attention and now I find myself suffering from withdrawals. I suppose I could be described as a power gamer or something like that, in that I like to make the most all around powerful character that I can while sticking to the rules. I have one or two non-marshal characters who could easily take out a monster of a CR equal to their level, providing that they get the first hit. I also like to mess with the DM's head and do things that they might not have expected of a PC. Well, I guess this has gotten kind of long, so...
If everything needed to be taught in order to be learned nothing would be known.