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Sulky player 
5th-Apr-2004 12:34 pm
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For the GMs out there, how do you deal with a sulky player?

One of my players sulks and become hostile if anything negative happens to her character. It's really starting to piss me off.
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5th-Apr-2004 11:01 am (UTC)
Hmm...well you can either completely ignore her the more she sulks, ask her to leave the group, do something really horrible to her character if she sulks alot, or talk to her and say that her attittude is really annoying and to get over it.

Beer works too.
5th-Apr-2004 11:12 am (UTC)
I've got a player like that occasionally, it's even worse in card games. I just tell him to calm down and to relax, and that it's just a game and the point is to have fun. I also point out that bad shit happens to everyone and that the group as a whole is not conspiring to pick on him.
5th-Apr-2004 01:53 pm (UTC)
That happened once. I told him to grow up or get out. It's just a game and if he's going to ruin it for everyone else, I don't want him playing. He realized he was being a jerk and knocked it off.
5th-Apr-2004 03:54 pm (UTC)
Either talk to them and try and fix it, or talk to them and get rid of them. If they are dragging other players down and the bad things happening aren't capricious mean GMness (in which case you need to change, heh), the player either needs to learn to be more enjoyable to interact with, or find something else to do.
5th-Apr-2004 04:33 pm (UTC)
I had one of those.

I let him play an outrageous character that was pretty overpowered. He got hit for 10 hit points and all of a sudden I was out to get him...
5th-Apr-2004 05:22 pm (UTC)
Considering that I use to be that whiny player, I can say from experience that just about everything mentioned above is an immature way to deal with an easily solved problem.

Talk to her about it. Not infront of everyone else, though. Pull her aside before or after a game and say "Look. I don't appreciate the way you are acting. I don't run these games to build up a world around you in which nothing goes wrong to you, but hell breaks loose on everyone else. If something goes wrong with your character, keep two things in mind: 1. Things go wrong with everyone's characters and 2. Its just a fricken game... get over it. If you can't sit there and at least act like you are enjoying it, then that is a biiiiig sign that you shouldn't be gaming in the first place."
5th-Apr-2004 07:14 pm (UTC)
be a total prick to the character until they get the point and then reward the character alot
6th-Apr-2004 01:50 am (UTC) - Tell her..
To quit her bitching or to GTFO!(Get the fuck out)
6th-Apr-2004 08:26 am (UTC)
Ive had this problem, both on tabletop and my online play by post method. In tabletop, you can take the person aside and tell them how you feel and express your dislike. If the rest of the group is complaining, explain to them what you have done and give the player time to redeem herself. If that is not working, you can ask her to leave or be more direct/rude. That works wonderfully well.
In my online game, I moderate on the CORE site (on ezboard) and have dealt with this same problem. People seem to think that their characters are immune or wont be dealt harshly with because its an online enviroment. I treat them the same way, I send them an email expressing my dislike for their actions, what is expected of them and that I hope this could help. IF they still want to act the fool, I tell them to find another moderator cause I wont deal with them. Yes, it may short my group by a player, but the rest of the group benefits from it greatly.
7th-Apr-2004 01:56 pm (UTC)
I had a player like that once but I kicked her out.
15th-Apr-2004 01:02 am (UTC)
i have a character like that in this group i belong to. we got in a battle and he died so after being resurected he lost xp and got up and hit our dm. we talked to him about it and pretty much informed him that this is a game. and games are meant to be fun and he understood pretty well and we haven't had any problems since.
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