January 30th, 2006


Dealing with feuding players?

Prompted by me running an LJ RPG, and recalling the last time I did that...

How do you deal with a problem that polarizes (I *believe* that's the word) a gaming group?

I shall attempt to explain - in one online game I GMed, an argument concerning differences in RP style between two of the players erupted into a full-blown feud, with some of the other players choosing sides and the attendant tensions pretty much ruining things for everyone else. To make matters worse, two of my co-moderators were on opposite sides of the argument.

Attempts to get the feuding players to talk out their differences in a civil manner had mixed results; both were convinced they were firmly in the right, and there were a number of unpleasant accusations made on both sides. This impasse was confounded by some of the feuding players' supporters also making accusations. Things got so bad that I had to shut the game down for almost a month.

I'd rather avoid that sort of pain and suffering with my other games. Could there have been a better way to handle this sort of thing? I'm of the opinion that it's better to talk to players before kicking them out, so I'd prefer not to get answers like, "Just boot offending players at the first sign of trouble."

(x-posted to gmworkshop)
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D&D v3.5

Ok, now don't slaughter me for asking these questions, as I am an old-timer. I haven't play D&D in a number of years. The last time I play it was 2nd edition. I am getting ready to play again and would like to know basically what the new rules for v 3.5 consist of. I understand that there are some new characters and some differences in how skills are assesed. What else do I need to know?

I have created a couple of characters for the new campiagn on this web site

http://www.pathguy.com/cg35.htm (this is not my website, I am not advertising)

Has anyone used this site as a tool, and are there other ones available? (this webpage is really slow)

I am going to attempt to run dual charaters in an Evil campaign.

One charater being a Vampire, one being a Dark Elf

I am probably over my head already by entering this campaign, just need some help stay alive for at least a couple of sessions.lol