The word “querulous” is an adjective as well as a noun, according to the Oxford English Dictionary (my favorite dictionary, in case you wondered, access provided through our campus library). Why am I writing about the word in a blog challenge about roleplaying gaming? Has the alphabetical nature of it caused me to slip into rubber-roomosity?
Just bear with me.
Yes, I could have written about Q is for Quest, which I nearly did, but the idea bored me, and I don’t really know what I would say about it that hasn’t been said already.
Is your gaming group querulous?
I have read all sorts of horror stories about gaming groups where people didn’t like each other or didn’t get along, or didn’t try. I’ve been fortunate that the groups with which I played back in college and my group now were people who got along and behaved in a friendly fashion. I know it’s common in some groups for the gamemaster to have an adversarial manner toward the players. Again, that’s not been my experience. Maybe it’s because I hate, detest and despise conflict.
If you don’t like the way the game is going, talk about it with the gamemaster one-on-one and make constructive suggestions. Do your part to keep the other players’ complaining to a minimum through positive peer pressure.
For me, life’s too short to put up with querulous people in my spare time. I can go to work and hear that.
How’s the dynamic in your gaming group? Comment below!