Atlas Games is doing this thing called “Reverb Gamers 2012″, with 31 question prompts to kick off 2012. I’m going to post one up each day, including weekends, throughout January. I invite you to do the same! And check out @ReverbGamers on Twitter or Facebook.
REVERB GAMERS 2012, #25: If you game enough, you’re bound to run into someone being an ass. What’s the most asinine thing someone’s done in a game with you? How did you react? Did that experience change the way you game?
I once told a guy I regularly gamed with to never come back to one of my convention games when he, in two of them, talked shit like “oh, well, when Ryan’s running at home, the game would have already been over” or “oh, Ryan will let me get away with this.”
For the second one… [TRIGGER WARNING: Sexual Assault]
One time, this one gamer in a Montsegur 1244 game (a GM-less one with scene pass-around) had a scene with my character, and he started it by screaming “You raped me!” In, uh, a crowded game store. There wasn’t a person at that table who happily engaged with him after that.
I sort of half-larp sometimes, standing up and exploring the physical space, and I literally walked out of that scene. Paul Tevis talked about this some time ago on Have Games, Will Travel.
The solution that some of us have taken is to just avoid these sorts of people. Sometimes I’ll walk away from a game if I see such a person there. Life is too short to play games that I feel are going to be shat upon by toxic gamers.