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Fromper wrote:Kalindlara wrote:
I just started playing PFS recently. It's been a lot of fun! And my questionable characters are pretty average for the local scene.
Like I said, though, I didn't start playing for years because of how things came across here.
Your mistake there was assuming that these forums reflect actual play. Obviously, they don't.
As I think I've mentioned around here before, these forums aren't even about PFS. They actually exist for people whose hobby is arguing about things on the internet.
That is a bit of exaggeration. The arguments on these forums do influence my in play rulings (and in some cases have caused me to reverse my stance on rules issues), and the tone set by the campaign coordinator influences how I run.
That said, One of my friends just came back from Gen Con, and one of their con stories was "I played at a table where So-and-So was GMing, and their GM personality is completely different from their Forum Personality"
I know several people who default to writing their forum posts with the view that they WILL be referenced out of context in 5 years and need to represent a viewpoint that is consistent with policy now and the policy goals of the community as they understand them.
It makes some of their on-board positions quite rigid, irrespective of their relaxed friendliness when the time comes to play the game.
Setting policy, which is what we're really getting into when we talk about situations and how to handle them in the general, optimized, plenty of time for consideration manner that the boards provide, is a lot different than using the policy as the guidelines when you sit down to give seven people gathered around a table to enjoy Pathfinder RPG within the rules of the Organized Play campaign a good time.
Knowing the difference in those modes, and accepting that people are usually acting with the intent of "making things better", or understanding each other enough to be able to argue about the points where they disagree without having to disagree with the others' validity as a participant in the campaign, takes a while to sink in. (It surely took a while for me to feel like I've got as much of a grasp of this issue as I do... a perspective I learned without trying to, watching Mike handle the campaign, I think.)