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Sound more like a player problem that PC. The guy just didn't seem to get it.
As a homebrewer, I couldn't have said it better myself.
I've told this story before, but it fits the stinky gamer trope. I was at a bookstore back in the 3.5 days looking over a book with my son (he was about 10 at the time). These two guys walk up and began talking about D&D, then inquired if I had any spaces in my group. I looked around and my son had disappeared, leaving me to deal with a guy with lice visibly crawling in his beard and a guy who smelled like rotten meat. I diplomatically told them my group had all the people I could handle and then found my son and gave him noogies for running off and leaving me.
Like you, these things never came up in any game conversation I ever had before coming to the forums. I'd never heard of some of these controversies before.
I cut my teeth in the 80s on theater of the mind, and to this day we prefer it over using a battle mat.
I'm not as prolific a writer when it comes to putting together encounters and adventures as I used to be, but I still go from a simple idea to three more slightly less complicated to six "HOLY CRAP which do I use next?" games. Then I go through a phase where I couldn't write Orc and Pie w/out help.
I recently had an idea for a game involving "red pearls". What started as a simple "Here, keep these safe for me for a week and I'll pay you 1,000 gold to the now named "Sanguine Pearls" to being an important part of the religious rituals of a tribe of Ettercaps. Then they evolved into a cursed item that if whoever holds them becomes compelled to return to them to the temple or slowly transform into an Ettercap himself. This in turn led to an idea that I've wanted to explore for a long time (a psionic setting based on Green Ronin's old Mindshadows setting). This in turn led to the possibility of the players discovering a portal to a savage inner world populated by Stone Age cultures and dinosaurs. After cleaning up the notes, I realized that a jumble of ideas that loosely hung together has turned into a 3 or 4 adventure campaign arc.
Just enjoy the creative output, no matter how convoluted and expansive it gets. Your own notes can be the best source to mine for more information later.
I once worked as the manager of a video store and I never watched movies. In the year I worked there I took home 3 videos. I'm just not a huge movie fan and I'm pretty picky about what I watch (not snobby, mind you. I watch some pretty awful movies). But customers and my coworkers alike thought I was really strange for not watching more.
The Green Tea Gamer wrote:
You just described the three main players in my group. One of them leads a very busy life and I can see where he might not have time sometimes. The other two do not. But I put up with it because we've been friends over 25 years.