I have a tabletop D&D game that I go to, I probably have mentioned this before. And it's been okay sort of. We meet at two of the player's house ("C" and "M" they're married) and game about once a month. The GM, "P"; and his wife "K"(who also plays) have two of the most undisciplined kids I've ever seen. Apparently they think that kids, when they're really little, don't understand the concept of "no" and what it means and so they waited until later to teach them. This leads to all sorts of fun things like the little boy (age four) going into the house's kitchen and taking food that isn't his without permission. When his mother says that he has to ask next time before taking the food he completely ignores this because he knows he'll get the food anyway. Thursday the little boy managed to get food coloring all over his apartment because his parents don't have those little cabinet latches installed and have the food coloring in easy reach.
This happened Thursday, our game was Saturday.
I dragged myself out of bed on Saturday around nine in the morning after an awesome Hunter: the Vigil
game which lasted until two in the morning because I had to make a tuna casserole before I left. It was for lunch at the game. This turned out to be a bit of a disaster. First I realized I had no pan to put it in. Then I over-cooked the noodles. After that I discovered the can-opener was missing right after I dumped the mushroom soup into the bowl. Fifteen minutes later and a semi-frantic call to the roommate did not reveal the can-opener. It was getting late, so I dumped everything in a bag and decided to make it when I got at the house as it took about five minutes to throw together.
I get there. The GM, his wife and kids aren't there. They'd sent an email saying they were going to be late. So the four of us (there was a sixth member of the group who isn't married and with kids "E") had to wait.
Eventually I half-joked that we could have been playing Star Wars while waiting for the GM. See the M was running a Star Wars game for us that'd been put on hold for a while. The others agreed with this idea, C going as far as saying that since P & K have a nasty habit of being two hours late at times we should play Star Wars until they get there as a regular thing. E immediately jumped on this idea and I rather liked it myself.
There's some discussion on if we should use our current PCs or make new ones. I think we should use our current ones because why should we be punished for being late. Of course I'm kinda cranky because I'm sitting around doing nothing after having dragged myself out of bed because they can't control their kids. Does that make me a bad person? Also, I have a standing online game at eight on Saturdays which I made because nine out of ten times this group meets on Sundays about once a month. (This is important later)
Finally P and K get there with out much apology and the statement that P was really cranky because of what happened with his kids.
This does not bode well.
I mention that I have to leave by eight and this makes P cranky.
Half an hour later (about four now) we finally get started. The game progresses and we run into things that want to kill us. There are two Warforged NPCs that are occasionally played by K's older sons from her first husband. The two of them aren't there so P asks if anyone wants to play them. I take one and K takes the other. Now we've just started 4th Edition and so we have different ways of hurting people beyond just "I attack it with my sword". There are three kinds, powers that you can use whenever you want, powers you can use once a battle and powers you can use once a day. For easy reference they were put on index cards and color coded.
Upon receiving my cards I immediately sorted them out and took out the at will powers so that I could know what they do with a glance. I also read them. K appears not to have. Initiative is rolled and the battle begins. When it comes time for K's NPC to do something she fumbles around and looks at the cards trying to find something to do, really she doesn't do much planning.
Eventually, P starts saying that her NPC's turn is next so that she could plan ahead which doesn't seem to work. Finally he starts doing the countdown and if she doesn't give an action her turn is skipped. This causes her to get upset and she tosses the cards at him saying she doesn't know what they're supposed to do and he shouldn't rush him.
Eventually the game ends with me just about rushing out the door. There is a confirmation of next Sunday being our next game day. Which is fine with me and that's what I planned for.
Sunday I'm checking my email and there's one from the group where C is saying that there was some brief talk about moving the game to Saturday and she wants to make sure they know which so they can prep the house and stuff.
So, I write back saying I'd rather it be on Sunday because I have a standing game Saturday nights. Which I think is a reasonable thing because, as mentioned above, this group meets about once a month and usually on Sundays.
P emails back with: I thought we occasionally played Saturday. Seems you set yourself up for some conflicts that aren't really this group's responsibility to resolve.
And I'm thinking well... we'd said long before that we were going to meet on Sunday so I was perfectly in my right to make plans for Saturday. He then goes on to say:If you have to leave by a certain time, you can always be there for the first part and we'll Floyd Clause Alec into the background for the second part. E will be FC'd into the background for the first part anyway. My friend is in town and I'd like the group to meet him and play a bit with him, and since he leaves Sunday...
Yes, this is a problem that is the group's responsibility to resolve. If we can't meet Saturday, I can't play - which means no Tales.
So now it's my
problem that I made plans with the assumption that we weren't playing on Saturday but it's the group's
problem that he's suddenly saying he's got a friend he wants us to meet.
That was sort of the final straw for me and the making me start to think maybe I don't want to play.
M however emails back that he might not be able to make game on time Saturday because he might have work. And E -as the email mentioned - is going to be late if the game is on Saturday because of work. So far that's three out of six people who won't be able to make it on time for the game or at least make it awkward. He does also say that he doesn't mind if we play on Saturday even though his character will be side lined. The thing is we're not really in a good place to
have people sidelined.
M also mentioned to the group that he might be starting up the Star Wars game while we wait for P and K to get there because he wants to work on his GMing skills, though maybe with alternate characters.
I dunno. It just seems rather ridiculous to me. My mom says that P's problem is that he thinks he's the center of the universe and what is good for him should be good for everyone.
Also, I don't even know if I'm being a jerk about it... I don't think I am though.