(by Jeff Harris channeling his character)
In the fine tradition of Dear Abbie and Anne Landers, we at The Flying Pincushion wanted our fantasy readership to have access to good solid gaming advice for gaming problems. In an effort to provide the most grounded advice we are tapping a wise dwarven barbarian druid known as Gormie Mountainchewer. Dwarves after all are keen problem solvers, also for some reason they seem to have a little Scottish in their accents. Enjoy.
Oh and neither The Flying Pincushion nor any of its authors condone or even recommend the advise in this column. It is intended for entertainment purposes and we are not responsible for anyone dull witted enough to hurt themselves carrying out this advice… You have been warned.
When adventuring with my two boon companions they often disagree and ruin an otherwise good time. One is a werewolf and the other a troll and they always put me in the middle of their arguments. As an Orc it’s really hard not to lose my temper and mediate between the two, what would you recommend?
I should note we rotate leadership on our adventures and it seems to be heavier when one of them is in charge then when I’m in charge. That said everybody likes to take their turn being in charge.
~GM meat in an angry gamer sandwich.
Dear GM meat in an angry gamer sandwich,
I ‘m feeling your pain lad, because it gets mighty sticky in your place. Not sure that sharing the thinking job is the best for your lot, but if that’s the way you lads do it, then that’s your rub and ol’ Gormie can’t fix that.
So here’s what you should do, you take all the anger your friends create in you and push it WAY down inside. Feel it as a little black ball of rage in your center of being. And for a while every time your two” leaders” argue over this or that, you just keep adding to the ball, saving up all your bad feelings for the right time.
Because for sure there’s gonna come a time that your friends constant battles will go too far, and then the lads will punch out their arguments. The trick here is lad, to make sure they have themselves their tiff at a bad time. And then that when you let all that stocked up rage come flowing out, and you either beat both of them senseless and now you are the leader, or you save their bloody hides and then your the leader.
And there you’ve got it, the real point is once you shame the werewolf and taunt the troll about the womping or saving them, your tusked self will be sitting right fine as the REAL leader, you know, the toughest and smartest one, savior of your companions.
Best o’ luck,Gorm “Gormie” Mountainchewer
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