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Newbiespud 18th Jan 2020, 5:00 AM edit delete
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Author: GreatDinn

Guest Author's Note: "AJ is a hard character to write for the Alt Six, especially from the Friendship is Dragons side. The easiest sort of way to make her different is to have her...well, be someone incapable of metagaming. That's...technically impossible (in my opinion) because of the complex nature of games, but at the very least, this AJ is the most unfamiliar with game terminology and mechanics.

Another subject in this comic: phones! Phone calls in the middle of a game are the absolute worst. I've been fortunate enough that it only happened a few times, but because I generally keep my phone quiet, and my groups are loud, the phone calls I've missed have tended to end up with a lot of apologizing or a brand new game of phone tag. Fortunately, it hasn't been anything important, but still, I don't like having to explain that I missed giving someone the information they needed in a timely manner because I was busy convincing the Burger King that I was, in fact, a model employee and not a saboteur.

Story Time Prompt: Any key moments in an RPG ruined by a phone call, or any phone calls ruined by an RPG moment?"

10 Comments:

Gamemaster80 18th Jan 2020, 6:07 AM edit delete reply
Not a phone call but illness. I was in the middle of a Wild Talents game (d10 system super hero game) and I just kept feeling worse and worse and worse. I should have known something was wrong when I decided to sit on the floor at the comic book store we played at at the time instead of waiting for the table and chairs to be brought out. An hour into our 2-3 hour game I could barely keep my head up and had to leave, and it was during an intense moment of our game too. Soon as I got home I had to pray to the porcelain gods. So yeah, RPG moment ruined lol
Guest 18th Jan 2020, 8:12 AM edit delete reply
Would be nice if there was some way to tell guest comics and actual comics apart in the RSS feed.
ShenkyeiRambo 18th Jan 2020, 10:14 AM edit delete reply
so far this EQG campaign is sounding real railroady, with an unexperienced DM and an experienced group of players.

you can feel it
BackSet 18th Jan 2020, 11:50 AM edit delete reply
Except for EQG!Applejack who doesn't even know what NPC is.
CrowMagnon 18th Jan 2020, 1:41 PM edit delete reply
Isn't it the other way around? With SunsetDM having experience as a player, and trying to run a game for a bunch of newbies who are still trying to figure things out?
Digo Dragon 18th Jan 2020, 7:04 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Had a session interrupted early one when one player got stranded due to a flat tire (had a spare tire, but didn't have the tire iron to unscrew the lug nuts). Me an another player went out to help change his tire and get him into the session. Happy ending!
Anon, a Mouse 19th Jan 2020, 6:57 AM edit delete reply
Honestly, as a DM I have come to just accept players not coming to the game able to give it their full attention. I've had ADHD for years, and while it's manageable without medication these days, it would be pot calling the kettle for me to get upset with them. I actually welcome interruptions these days, as I get to use that time to prep things that weren't ready, and make adjustments that I wasn't planning on but realized at the last minute that I need.
GD 19th Jan 2020, 10:29 AM edit delete reply
I have no problem with players needing to answer phone calls, but I'm the GM for like 75% of my group's games, so a phone call to me is a good way to derail my train of thought and put everything on hold for longer than is comfortable.
Kara 20th Jan 2020, 12:25 AM edit delete reply
My entire group was ruined by a phone call...taking the dog out to the bathroom...cooking dinner, etc.

It was the first time I ever played too and the dangabit DM couldn't do their job.

I tried to keep the story going myself when she'd do that but the others in the group made Fluttershy look like Rainbow Dash in terms of talking.

the group fell apart after six sessions.
jdb1984 21st Jan 2020, 11:02 AM edit delete reply
A couple of people in my group (and I kind of am one of them), do some focusing on our phones more than we probably should during a game session.