My PJ Lifestyle piece on not being a jerk in a online roleplaying game is up.

Found here. Short version: remember that you’re not some sort of special snowflake. Also, learn the fine art of shutting up.

That’s a generic ‘you,’ of course. I have only the nicest and sweetest of readers.


  • Jeffstag says:

    In a tabletop group I was in years ago when I had that sort of time, one member of the group was a complete jerk always. “I’m roleplaying, my character, the half-orc, is an a**hole” he would say. I knew better.

    • sicsemperstolidissimum says:

      Yeah. You can play an odious jerk without being one yourself. Establishing that your character is a trouble maker who is going to be staked out on a bed of fire ants can happen ‘off-screen’.
      In GURPS DF:
      ‘I can play this Martial Artist who is a arrogant bully. Me and the Assassin can go raid the barracks while the folks with Sense of Duty: Companions hit the main objective. The Assassin will come back alone.’

  • sicsemperstolidissimum says:

    I have only the nicest and sweetest of readers.
    I’m actually a horrible person.

  • qixlqatl says:

    Ain’t I just a lil stinker, though?

    • qixlqatl says:

      Not only is this supposed to be a reply to sicsemperstolidissium, above, but also, *Classical reference

  • Luke says:

    He doing know me very well, do he?

  • nicklevi86 says:

    I learned a lot of life-lessons with Gaming: For things that don’t matter[I’m not a “pro,” so no, it really doesn’t] “Shut up” covers over a multitude of sins. For things that do, acting like a petty 10-year-old while *not* shutting up still has the worse effect.

  • BJM says:

    Slightly OT: Have you seen this?
    Ubi may have hooked me for one more iteration.
    h/t Stoaty Weasel

  • Luke says:

    Also, read the campaign prospectus.
    If you don’t, you’re a butthead.
    And no, you can’t be a ninja.

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