Pissing on the Scene….

It probably happens to everyone at some point in their gaming career.

You’ve been playing the same character for months, have spent many sessions working on personal goals and progressing the story. At long last, your labors have paid off. And now, the big session where it all comes together and tonight is the night where your character gets to rise from the ranks of “just another hero” to establishing themselves as “Kind of a Big Deal” in the game world. Your moment comes, the GM smiles, and begins to speak aloud in character to praise you for your deeds and accomplishments. And as that moment of truth comes, where they enthrust upon you your new title of Bad-Assery…..

Bodily noises commence. Someone may belch, or fart, or in the case of one of my players…..someone decided to take a piss with the door open.

The sudden epic “Ooh-Aah!” mood is then crushed by your peers and compatriots snickering, giggling, and eventually just flat out laughing. It doesn’t end. The long sound of pouring liquids continues to reverberate and echo down the halls. The mood is lost. My poor player sits there with a look of half shock, half sadness to his face as suddenly…nobody cares about his knighthood. No longer is the attention brought to his good deeds. It’s almost as if the scene was still going….the crowd laughing, his compatriot in the corner zipping up and royalty going “Oh god damn it, nevermind! Let’s move on.”

That was a few sessions back. But to this day, the term “Don’t piss on my scene!” has become the new motto amongst my gaming group. It’s one thing to steal another’s thunder, it’s another thing to pee with the door open in hopes of continuing to hear what goes down. In retrospect, it is pretty funny. But it’s still something I’m striving to make up for my player. I felt bad that such a major milestone for his character went by with barely a notice, overshadowed by the crude humor of another’s bathroom break.  This week, I’m aiming to present some special challenges for the party where the said player will have a chance to shine. In doing so, not only will he finally be getting his Dragonborn some wings (he’s been delaying getting his Paragon Path’s wings, wanting it to occur in-character, in-game) but also will have a chance to finally make the alignment shift he’s been working towards.

I guess that’s the real problem when one “Pisses on the Scene”; it’s not only kind of a downer for the player, but for the GM as well. I had rehearsed that particular scene to myself all week; I wanted it to come out bold and natural to the players, not read off some notes. I wanted it to be a as big a deal as they wanted. So, this week, I’m going to make damn sure before any important scenes that we have adequate restroom time, and that any schmuck that forgot to go will go OUTSIDE.

4 thoughts on “Pissing on the Scene….”

  1. Oh man, I certainly feel your pain. Through the years I’ve had more than my fair share of inconsiderate, immature jokesters that seem to live to disrupt key story elements. Granted not all are justly defined by at least one of these adjectives and not all are intentional, but it’s still as frustrating, just the same. Good luck with your next session and I hope your dragonborn gets his day in the sun.

  2. I think that alot of times it comes down to a little bit of jealousy – some players may feel that their character isn’t getting enough attention and acts out during someone else “15 minutes”.

    The only thing I can recommend is making an adventure revolve around every character from time to time. Shining that spotlight around at random, and pretty soon everyone will know what it feels like to have a “moment” and they will be less likely to piss on someone elses.

  3. heh just to make a comment on Neuroglyph’s statement…the player in particular who did the pissing in this case, had actually had his moment the scene before. He really wasn’t trying to throw the scene off; he really was trying to do his business and still listen to the game at the same time. Just….it backfired.

  4. That’s a funny (but tragic) story! Good stuff. Good advice too.

    Something I’ve witnessed is players who get uncomfortable during serious and epic moments in the game. Sometimes the intensity freaks them out so they use buffoonery as a defense.

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