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18th Jul 2020, 6:00 AM in A Canterlot Wedding, Part 1
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Newbiespud 18th Jul 2020, 6:00 AM edit delete
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Social-heavy campaigns can be rough to manage, like keeping plates spinning. If Fallout is Dragons was any indication, it's clearly what I love most - spending time in towns letting characters have ensembles in the limelight - but boy do I get anxious about the players who are waiting.

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ANW 18th Jul 2020, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
When the party is split up(either on purpose or accidental), what do you typically do while waiting?

For example: Rarity apparently draws.
Pablo360 18th Jul 2020, 6:10 AM edit delete reply
While waiting? Gee, I have no idea, since I haven't played in a game where I wasn't the DM for half a year now
Guest 18th Jul 2020, 6:35 AM edit delete reply
Design spells. As a Chaos Mage, I have the ability to use basic 'building blocks' to create and customize spells however I choose to arrange them, whenever and however I learn a new 'block'. Some arrangements are more efficient than others, some are more effective while being higher-risk; it's a fun mental exercise that keeps me in basically the same mindset as my character anyway.
Scissors Rock Paper 18th Jul 2020, 8:12 AM edit delete reply
Because of the nature of 2020 it's pretty easy to not worry about it with play by post. At the table I use the old school approach with one person acting as the Caller so the party can split and regroup in a matter of minutes if not seconds.
As a player, though, I'm usually forming secrets plans with the other players. There's a reason I'm usually a DM, and it's not just my dice rolls.
Jennifer 18th Jul 2020, 9:22 AM edit delete reply
I stack dice, or sketch. When wargaming, I'll take photos of the table.
Prairie Son 18th Jul 2020, 12:24 PM edit delete reply
While waiting? Read. We have some players that are fantastic at beating around the bush and general decision paralysis and commitment phobia, so I can get a lot read while waiting for my turn. And if I pick the right material, I can still keep track of what's happening at the table.
Zab 18th Jul 2020, 7:31 PM edit delete reply
Used to be draw, but now that all dnd is online for us lately I've been playing sims 4 during sessions lol. Sometimes ill even make our characters in create-a-sim then put them all in a house together
Sapphire 18th Jul 2020, 8:58 PM edit delete reply
I'm usually listening in and having to keep myself from wanting to speak up. Of course, this is why I play faces and/or young impulsive characters who don't shut up, so...
Cliffrobotnik 20th Jul 2020, 1:51 AM edit delete reply
Not quite the same, but we have one player whom is a hybrid Munchkin/Roleplayer whom lives on a I.V. Drip of MLP, Code Geass, Gravity Falls, and Tengan Toppa Gurren Lagann, with one or two incredibly passive "Wait for the story train" players... With me being a incredibly Reactive DM.... So nine times out of ten he effectively becomes the driving force of the party, with the other two rather eagerly following him on whatever bullshit plan he came up with, that I inevitably awnser via pulling something out of my ass based on the thousands of hours I've spent on TV tropes, or steal from one of their(mostly his) theories...

So it's less waiting on one player, and more... Following Kamina the Paladin/Fighter/Ranger and helping make his crazy ass plans even more off the wall.

Seriously I can't DM without this particular player, because my players just end up waiting on me, while I am waiting on THEM to DO SOMETHING...

Tho the most recent duo they played actually stole the show...

This last campaign, which was born of an aborted attempt of mine to run Curse if Strahd only to do my completely unique story involving a vampire with a army of Slaad fighting a war against a bunch of Modrons and Inevitables, over the vampire abusjng a literal Dupe Glitch he discovered that deals with how overlapping planes with non-symmetrical temporal synchronicity interact with one another... And the other two players are playing a Bard troupe, a alcoholic hex blade blade-pact warlock/Paladin , and his more sober, Tiefling, and Actual Bard cohort... And their Gnome manager(and high level rogue, for the lulls), and their wagon home... Pulled by a dire pangolin named mimzy(who know gets aggressive when giant bugs show up... That poor, poor anhkeg)... They have the BEST social chemistry, and are a classic duo archetype, one well-mannered, polite, secretive and charming, one boastful, drunk, hilarious, and has gotten more poon then all of California.

The other guy is playing a Warforged Echo Knight with a time theme, and is more of a Obi'wan Kenobi to the others, being refluffed into being a Inevitable related to time, and their contact with the Modron side if the conflict.
Story Time 18th Jul 2020, 7:33 AM edit delete reply
Any story of someone liking something Out Of Character but 'In character' they hate it?
albedoequals1 18th Jul 2020, 9:50 AM edit delete reply
albedoequals1
This happens so often at my table that the individual occurrences blend together. Frequently a grumpy character is rude to an NPC that the player would rather hug and braid their mane.
Draxynnic 19th Jul 2020, 3:53 AM edit delete reply
Had something like that in an organised play game. There was a friendly, lost little girl who'd been separated from her parents, who was obviously the daughter of someone reasonably well-off, that everyone else in the party was trying to help and my character was staunchly This Isn't My Problem-ing. The DM kept giving me more and more opportunities for... well, for my character to give her the cold shoulder.

Eventually, I point-blank told the GM that I could see and appreciate what he was doing, it was obvious there was some favour linked to this and the GM wanted to give me a chance to get it, but that the character I was playing was too much of an uncaring jerk to get it and that I was okay with that.
albedoequals1 18th Jul 2020, 9:52 AM edit delete reply
albedoequals1
Cadance making a point of saying her compliment is OoC should make it clear to everyone that she is playing a jerk character, and is not actually a mean person. Hopefully they remember that when things get bad later.
Jannard 18th Jul 2020, 8:13 PM edit delete reply
There are entire games with heavy emphasis on and/or support of solo content and individual scenes. Vampire: The Masquerade is one such game. Some more modern ones up the ante by making players who aren't present in a scene participate by taking control of NPCs with cues from the game director.

D&D is strongly geared towards group content, on the other hand.
Aeshdan 21st Jul 2020, 6:40 AM edit delete reply
The dissonance between the way Player!Cadence is acting OOC and the way her character is acting IC nicely parallels the dissonance between how Cadence is acting now and how she acted when Twilight last knew her (and how she would have acted in reports the other Mane 6 would have access to), letting the players feel the same unease their characters should feel in this situation. Very clever!