Never Underestimate the Power of Ernie Keebler – Part 2

2008 January 29
by Stupid Ranger

Last week, you tuned in to hear Vanir tell The Adventures of Batloaf and Lovin’ on the Back of the Tarrasque. While none of us were terribly surprised, handling this kind of departure from the norm can be a challenge as another PC at the table.

Take It In Stride

The toughest part of being the “Other PC” at the table is watching the action unfold without you. The good part about this is that nothing really important happens to the plot development. Now, the character in the spotlight will argue this last point because s/he thinks that whatever is happening is critical to the story. Just smile. It’ll be over soon.

Have Faith in Your DM

Remember, you’re all in this together, and your DM knows that. Have faith that while s/he may allow some crazy spotlight stealing, s/he will also bring things back to the group so that everyone has a good time. Of course, if you feel like it’s happening too often, talk to your DM; this game should be fun for everyone.

Plot Your Revenge…

Uh, I mean, plot your own spotlighting. Just because Batloaf took over the story for this week doesn’t mean that Ari can’t take over that spotlight for her own story. Just keep in mind a few recommendations for making your story experience enjoyable for everyone:

  1. Plan ahead – decide what you want to accomplish with your character and what kind of story you want to tell
  2. Talk it Over – discuss your thoughts with the DM about what you want to achieve story-wise with your character. If you spring that kind of surprise on the DM, s/he might not make the experience as exciting for you.
  3. Don’t Go Overboard – remember that other people have stories to tell too. Don’t take up all the time with your own story.
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  1. Vanir permalink
    January 29, 2008

    Well, I would have invited you all to join in, except that marital relations on top of a tarrasque are something that need to be kept private between a man and a woman.

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