Posted by Owen Smith at
10 November 2016
This is unrelated to this month's podcast, but is possibly an issue you could give some discussion. I'm currently going through my worst period as a player in problems with gaming sessions for many years, possibly ever (with the exception of campaigns I left). I'm in two groups. Both have another player (a different one in each group) who consistently shouts at me, or tells me to shut up, belittles my input, and generally makes the session anything from just not fun to downright miserable for me. Attempts to deal with this by talking to the relevant GMs have produced little improvement (you are not one of the GMs Roger). These are people that I have role played with for decades. We've not had this problem before. I'm at my wits end and I frequently go home from sessions wondering why I bothered to turn up.
The strange thing is it can't be just the players, because this happens in only one of the two campaigns each group runs. So there must be some influence caused by either the characters or the campaigns.
In one case (which Roger doesn't take part in) the other player's character is nominally an officer in charge in a WWII campaign. But he abuses this to dictate everything we do whenever it suits him, or so it feels. No-one else gets a say if he's made his mind up on a subject, which might be realistic militarily but is no fun to play (and my character is a civilian anyway). Roger is familiar with the other situation in Infinite Cabal.
The specific aspects of this probably aren't suitable podcast material but the more general issue possibly is.