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My first PC was one that someone didn't show up to play, so they asked me to sit in. This was in 1985. I had no idea what to do, but somehow caught on and ended up leading the party. The other two players were a chain smoking misogynist with anger issues and the other was an obsessive compulsive who washed his face every 5 minutes like clockwork. He was also a 15 year old college freshman and his dad, who wore different costumes all the time, lived on campus with him. I'm still friends with the DM to this day. I have no idea what happened to the other two.
I sometimes treat encounters with animals and certain other creatures as "realistic". If the creature is clearly losing the fight it will retreat. The players have the option of pursuing if they want, but with an average party size of 3 players I find it's sometimes easier to give them this break.
It recently happened in a game with a creature called a deadly mantis, a colossal praying mantis. With only 4 players that session, the mantis was clearly going to win the fight, and I needed all 4 players to complete the adventure. So after doing nearly 80% of the creature's hitpoints in damage to it, it fled the fight. Maybe that makes me a wimpy GM, but I did it for the sake of the story.
I also allow Hero Points.
I have a couple of guys who used to play with me (their schedules rarely permit them to do so anymore) and they're extremely competitive. They both look at RPGs as something to win and do their best to shut out other players sometimes, particularly this one guy. I've talked to them about it in the past, and that may be another reason they don't play as much anymore.
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.
Jacob Saltband wrote:
So many of those I've not read. My little small town library growing up had all the Pellucidar books, most of the Tarzan, and a scattering of the others. I just recently purchased the Pellucidar and Tarzan collections for my Kindle and will soon revisit the Center of the Earth.
keeps their RPG stuff on a Kindle. :)
I use a Kindle only to show pictures of things I have a hard time describing, which isn't much.
I pushed my budget to its limit today by finding the M&M DC Adventures book at a pretty good price on eBay. My gaming purchasing is done once Occult Adventures comes out. Ultimate Intrigue and the Occult Bestiary will just have to go on the Christmas list.
Thank you for the input, Set. I'll have both versions now for my son and his friends to choose from. Whichever I don't use I can resell, I think.