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D&D Blog Hop: Day 19

Written by Darkwarren - Published on February 19, 2014

dnd40hopbadgeDay 19: First gamer who just annoyed the hell out of you.

When I got back into tabletop gaming after I graduated college, I responded to an advertisement for gamers to try the new 3rd edition adventure The Sunless Citadel. I met two guys that I’m still friends with today and the DM who put out the ad I still game with regularly every week. But there were two other guys who answered the ad who were pretty much the same guy.

They were friends who attended the local technical college. They both played loads of roleplaying games, they each had gigabytes of anime on their computers, and they both were carbon copies of the same roleplayer stereotype. They were both so socially awkward that it even made me uncomfortable. They didn’t seem to understand any jokes or standard pop culture references and meanwhile we didn’t get any of their anime references. When the campaign moved from the back room of the game store to one of my fellow gamer’s homes one of them abruptly backed out. He claimed it was because he had other gaming responsibilities to other games. I had a feeling that it was actually because he was uncomfortable in someone else’s home. I’m not sure what worried me more at the time: a college student who was struggling to balance his gaming time or someone who struggled to make simple personal connections with other non-gaming adults.

And that same player played a Halfling. A Halfling with a high-pitched voice. It was bad enough that his voice cracked when he spoke – but, you guessed it: he squeaked every time his character spoke. I don’t know why, but the guy’s style coupled with how socially awkward he was, reminded me of my younger, awkward, geeky self. But that squeaky voice? That pushed him over the edge in my book. It just annoyed the hell out of me. His friend didn’t last too much longer. He stayed until the end of the semester and then his new class schedule fortunately didn’t allow him to continue meeting with us.

But I must admit that I’m curious to know how they’re both doing now.

Any gamer peeves of yours?

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Written by Darkwarren

Matt W., aka Darkwarren, has been roleplaying ever since his older brother introduced him to the red box set when he was 7 years old. Since then he has game-mastered SSDC’s Battleords of the Twenty-third Century, WEG’s Shadowrun and Star Wars, and of course Dungeons & Dragons in a variety of forms. At thirty-four years old he takes turns on both sides of the screen with the group that he helped found in 2000 when 3.0 hit the stands and has met every week fairly regularly ever since. Currently they have been running a variety of the Paizo Adventure Path scenarios, so that’s his wheelhouse. He was almost famous when two of his adventures were green-lighted for possible publication right before Paizo relinquished the rights to publish Dungeon magazine.

Matt also has years if experience in improvisational comedy, fiction, and non-fiction writing. He is currently working and studying to attain a master’s degree in theology, to enhance his career as a religious studies teacher. Lastly, his greatest passion is his family, especially the three sons and dog that he shares with his wife in upstate New York.

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