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Kobold Cleaver raises an interesting point: What do you do if a DMPC is otherwise well-portrayed, but said portrayal crosses a line of tolerance for you based on what you want in an NPC? Do you keep your feelings to yourself, because it's not anything the DM is actually doing wrong, per se? Do you speak up and say, "Look, I'm sorry ... I just find it irritating"? Does it depend on the reaction from other players to said character? Do you graciously disengage and find another game (assuming that's an option)?
As the DM, would you set aside your DMPC for the good of the player who gave it a go and still can't stand it? Would you weigh the overall reception the DMPC receives and tell him, "Sorry, but ... needs of the many"? Certainly a DM has a responsibility to the game, to the players' enjoyment and to his own. Is it wholly situational?
I think, for me, that's where I'd draw the line. If I genuinely couldn't handle a DMPC, and my players disliked the portrayal because of that, I'd ditch him or her. But if someone just said, "You know ... I can't help it. The very idea of it just grates on me, even though you're really not doing anything WRONG wrong." I'd likely say, "You know ... deep down, that's your problem."
I tend to agree. There are certain things that are just your (the universal your) problem. I dislike punny names and am not overly fond of dinosaurs. While neither hurt anyone if the GM or players do it, I find the former grinds on my nerves and dinos are just meh to me.
Those are my problems, however, and I shouldn't push that on the GM or players and try to make them change for my benefit. Sometimes, if you want to play bad enough, you swallow your dislikes for the good of the game.