First year Ole Miss graduate student. Getting my master's degree in archaeology. I dig things... get it??
Hey TableTop RPG community, I need some help here if you don’t mind.
I have a close core group of friends that I play D&D with every few weeks or so, and this last time I invited a few other friends to join in, more the merrier right?
Well we have one guy who plays as a drunken mercenary, which is all fine and good I guess, but recently his roleplaying has gone from comic relief to just downright obnoxious. We as a party cannot enter a single room or corridor without hearing “GIMME THEM WENCHES AND DUCATS!!” This we could get through, but only until we added a new player who decided to grief the DM (me) by pickpocketing a minor boss NPC of his weapon.
This is how it went down… We were getting ready to fight a minor boss of the area, when the new guy immediately says “I want to disappear into the shadows of the room? It’s dimly lit right?” To which I respond with “yes… but there are torches on the walls, so you’re going to have to roll high.”
Dice Roll: 20….
Okay, cool deal.
Round of fighting goes by, our Cleric does some good damage, our mercenary screams more about wenches and ducats again, our wizard and druid do some good damage and our thief gets in a good backstab.
New guy comes in again, “I want to steal this guy’s weapon..” Now I’ve heard the cardinal rule in being a DM is that nothing is completely impossible, His thievery was 10, so I said “to do that against a minor boss like this you’re gonna have to pass a check of 30”
Dice Roll: 20…AGAIN
It was after that the game went dead it the water. The NPC didn’t have a weapon to attack us with, and the 2 problem characters were laughing their asses off while the rest of us were more frustrated then ever because these guys weren’t having fun with the journey, but by how ridiculous they were being.
My question to you, the Tumblr/Tabletop RPG community, is how do you deal with problem characters like this? We want them to keep playing with us because playing with a big group of characters is fun, but not when 2 of them are causing problems for the entire group.
Thanks for the help everyone!
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