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Disorders: 
5th-May-2005 09:17 am
I started playing with a new group last night, and the DM made us all roll for disorders of some type just to keep the game interesting. We each have at least one, I have two. That is where the problem comes in. My cleric has a moderate case of Tourettes Syndrome as well as Severe Indecisiveness. I googled some explanations of the disorders and did some quick reading so that I would know how to actually role play the character next session (I winged it last night), but I'm looking for some feedback from you guys about how you would have fun with the two disorders my character was given.

The most obvious would be the following approach:

*unfold scroll and begin reading off the words for an uber-spell*
Neoscri soimuit meiseo aut glare-*twitch* sh*t! BALLS! I shouldn't be casting this anyway.. or should I.. *twitch* DAMNIT!
*spell fails and cleric's god smites him for being a horrible cleric*

Aside from that and randomly twitching, blinking, and cursing while trying to be diplomatic, I'm looking for any good suggestions outta you fellas.



Also, for laughs, the rest of the party and their disorders:

"Larry" the Fighter: Moderate Homophobia
"Puller" the Cleric: Moderate Tourettes, Severe Indecisiveness
"Ahdre" the Ranger: Moderate Klepto, Moderate Bellemia
"Rhawn" the Paladin: Severe Obesity (lol)
"Enalias" the Sorcerer: ... can't remember. Wasn't anything too bad.
Comments 
5th-May-2005 01:49 pm (UTC)
Hilarious.
5th-May-2005 01:50 pm (UTC)
The obese paladin is cracking me up the most.
5th-May-2005 06:15 pm (UTC)
He was originally a compulsive lier, but we figured that wouldn't work, so we re-rolled him and got the obesity :P



~Ray
5th-May-2005 07:52 pm (UTC)
Oh man! Both! Both would have been the ultimate.

I would have played him like a really fat cop. I'd be all tired after running any distance and just pull out my hand crossbow or something.

5th-May-2005 10:51 pm (UTC)
"Did you eat this box of donuts?"

" . . . no."
5th-May-2005 11:16 pm (UTC)
Now just imagine a 300lb pile of platemail with pudge pouring out of the seems saying that.



~Ray
5th-May-2005 11:18 pm (UTC)
and donut curmbs in his moustaches
5th-May-2005 02:03 pm (UTC)
Tourettes isn't constant, so although that sort of thing could occour it wouldn't be every time.
Must be one of the most fucked up groups of PCs ever:>
5th-May-2005 06:18 pm (UTC)
We almost didn't finish the first adventure. We started off not knowing eachother... degenerated into a street brawl involving the city guard (who the paladin is a member of). I believe that by the end of combat, 3/5's of the PC's were dieng, one NPC Ally, and two street thugs. One of the best campaign openings I ever played :P



~Ray
5th-May-2005 03:07 pm (UTC)
wow why didnt my group think of that?

although i would have went with STDs. Could you imgaine a wizard having crabs. going for an itch and lighting a fireball in his crotch! god im sick....have fun
6th-May-2005 02:57 am (UTC)
Yes, and the cure would be to magic missle...each individual crab. :)
6th-May-2005 09:18 am (UTC)
heeh yeah unless the crabs cast...god what was it shield?...somehow i think i could picture that
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5th-May-2005 04:28 pm (UTC)
well, if you want to make it actually intersting, and not just a side joke, you might look at WHY people develop those disorders. They are, basically, either chemical imbalances or a defense mechanism of your mind.

For example people with Tourette's basically have their brain misfire signals. They don't necessarily say vulgar things - they are just as likely to yell "Car" as "Shit". Also, interstingly enought people with Tourette's tend to have skill at Art. Their brain makes weird connections, and this lets them create some interesting stuff.

and, odd's are Larry the homophobic fighter is really scared that he is Gay, and is externalizing that fear and hatred of himself onto something external he can hit.
5th-May-2005 06:22 pm (UTC)
Yea, we're including the vulgar things for laughs, but I'll remember what you said about him being just as likely to yell "car" as anything else.



~Ray
5th-May-2005 06:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah... studies indicate that homophobic "straight" males get chubbys while watching gay porn while non-homophobic straight males do not. hi-larious.
5th-May-2005 11:49 pm (UTC)
Whatever people wanna do in their spare time is all them, man.



~Ray
5th-May-2005 11:50 pm (UTC)
This was a study... so not quite "spare" time.
5th-May-2005 04:32 pm (UTC)
May I suggest taking the Silent Spell feat as soon as possible? :-) Seriously, it's an interesting idea, although not one I think I'd use.
5th-May-2005 06:25 pm (UTC)
lol, yea, we tried to figure out feats to take to cancel out our drawbacks. The DM was about to kill us :P



~Ray
5th-May-2005 04:36 pm (UTC)
What? A fighter who's homophobic calls it a disability?

I thought it was a set characteristic of all fighter-types.
As well built and homoerotic as they are.
5th-May-2005 06:28 pm (UTC)
It plays out really funny. The DM sporadically made him roll to see if he would flip out at certain things. We were in a prison cell after we met eachother (and tore the street up), so the fighter was being paranoid about every guy that looked at him. He almost started another fight inside the jail cell.



~Ray
5th-May-2005 06:37 pm (UTC)
I see. I was finding it hard to imagine how there'd be ANY sign of homosexuality in a fantasy world (although I'm sure it would exist).


Very funny :P
5th-May-2005 04:48 pm (UTC)
Speaking solely for myself, I think this is a campaign I would sit out. If my character is going to have a psychological disorder, I generally like to pick it myself.
5th-May-2005 05:06 pm (UTC)
A-freakin'-men. I've been in campaigns with randomly assigned character flaws and cute little special abilities, and it's a lot of fun for the first few runs, but by the time you're 6th level, it doesn't much matter if any toe you kiss becomes ingrown.

I have a hard enough time keeping track of the official rules, fer chrissakes...
5th-May-2005 07:13 pm (UTC)
I knew a guy with tourettes who randomly and incontrollably cleared his throat for minutes at a time. He was an excellent artist. Someone else I knew did random things with his legs for periods of times, just like we tap our foot or tap a pencil, he did somewhat stranger things. Maybe go with random attacks with your weapon and spurts of throat clearing at inopportune times. That'd be interesting.
6th-May-2005 04:18 am (UTC)
Tourettes is an obsessive-compulsive disorder, and it manifests itself in many ways, though usually it's a physical "tick". Tick being nearly uncontrollable, reflexive habits, like twitching your face or nodding your head. It could also involve doing things in a certain sequence. So maybe you could show this by having your cleric extra time each morning to pray, because he has to do it in a very specific way.

Maybe he has to start over from the beginning if there is a distraction, and the process doesn't go EXACTLY a certain way. You can be really creative with this one.
6th-May-2005 05:39 pm (UTC)
important thing, for all of them, is not to overdo it. Personally, I think giving every PC a disorder or two is overdoing it already...
having a system like, under X circumstances, role 1d20, on a natural (or 1-5, or make it into a real check, or whatever), the disorder flares up and causes trouble is probably a good plan. Depending on how fond your group is of cheap jokes, the whole game could devolve into

"Fuckin' ASS!!...or not"
"Who's ass?! Not mine!! Git yur eyes off my ass before I kill you!"
"hmm...they're distracted. I think I'll steal something."
"YOU TRYING TO FEEL ME UP!?"
"Hey, toss me that bag a trail mix, would you?"
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