This post is part of a series of posts in the D&D 40th Anniversary Blog Hop Challenge. The information in many of these posts is related to events that occurred primarily in the1980’s. Since it is now 2014, I can not guarantee complete accuracy with such a large passage of time but I will present the events and information as best as I can recall.
Day 19: First gamer who just annoyed the hell out of you.
The first gamer who annoyed the hell out of me was actually one of the originals of our gaming group. He was a good player and DM but he started going through a phase as a player that just started irritating pretty much all of us. For some reason or another, he became obsessed with his character being “the best” regardless of the situation. It may not sound too bad but I will provide some examples.
One example is character creation – we used to just roll up characters and then bring them to the gaming sessions. This guy started showing up with characters that had multiple scores of 17 plus and even showed up once with straight 18s! The only answer he would give was that he had “rolled it all with my dice” which we knew was bogus. The DM decided that we should all generate characters at the first session of the next campaign. This guy takes out every d6 in his dice bag and rolls
ALL of them. Then he was pulling out three dice and
assigning them to an ability score. Keep
in mind that boxed sets were really common during that time and most boxed
games had at least a d6 or two in them.
It was not hard to see how he way rolling those scores with 30 or more
Another example of irritating behavior was his decision to start solo adventuring his characters that he was using in campaign play. He would get a module, his character, and his dice and just start reading through the module. There was no attempt at impartiality in his dual role as DM and solo player. He would show up to the game sessions with his character and there would be additional experience points, levels, treasure, and other stuff on his character sheet. There were several players that got really irritated about that.
After a few of these episodes, he came around and started gaming like we had always done before.