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Connor September 8, 2020 No Comments Pin It “That Guy” is a term that has existed for a very long time.
Commonly, it’s used to point out someone who looks, acts, or gives off uniquely distateful vibes.

It’s That Guy” says one friend to another as Jimbo saunters up

ready to open another conversation with an inappropriate joke.
If you’re a human being you’ve met, been around, .

Or maybe even been “That Guy” at some stage

It’s not a gender-determinitive term, but you can just hear the exasperation in the term, as opposed to “That Person”.
In Role Playing, .

“That Guy” is the person that sucks all the fun out of the game

The one who makes you question what else you could be doing with your weekends.
Actually, there’s a few types of “That Guy” and I’m here to break them down, give you their strengths and weaknesses, and best equip you to deal with them as a player.
Physically Offensive Guy.

The Physically Offensive Guy is someone who could be the most lovely

skilled, accommodating player in the room.
The problem is that they’re in the room; their odour, breath, or clothing is near unbearable to be around.
This is the kind of person you want playing next week, so you want to give them a nudge without being obvious.
How do you beat “That Guy”.
Bring Gum and/or Deoderant to your game, when you’re starting to get uncomfortable, use it, and then offer it around.
Not only does this solve the problem today, you’re starting a pattern and they start to realise there’s an expectation of hygeine.
Have a quiet, private conversation.
Honesty goes a long way.
Rules-Lawyer Guy.
Rules-Lawyer Guy has to be right.
Did your DM simplify the 40000 step grapple procedure.
They hate that.
Do they interupt combat to check your to-hit math.
Yeah they’re dragging out the game with their interludes, but what they’re actually doing is putting the spotlight on themselves.
How do you beat “That Guy”.

Typically the DM has the power to rein in the Rules-Lawyer Guy

Ignoring the interjections, overriding the interruptions.

And taking a hard stance that “The DM has control over the story

I make the decisions to better engage with the story” should solve your problems.
As a player, not engaging with the behaviour means they don’t get the spotlight, which is what they really want.
“Lol So Randumb”Guy.
This player can’t help themselves, they have to derail or inject their personal brand of ‘humour’ into the game.
As a result, NPC children are smacked around, essential characters are accosted, and the story generally takes a back-seat to shenanigans.
If this is how you enjoy the game, cool, run with it.
Otherwise: How do you beat “That Guy”.
They’re attention seekers.
Don’t give them attention, don’t get suckered in to their diversions.

The DM has the right to say no to their disjointed garbage

Call them out.
Showing that the group wants to move forward with the story gives them a clear indication that their hijinks aren’t in line with the group’s goals.
Only Here to Flirt Guy.
Sometimes, you’ll get a new player and it becomes absolutely clear after a few sessions that the only reason they’ve joined is that their crush is at the table.
They role-play a self insert character, display ostentatious behaviour, project their most desirable characteristics (ramped up to 11) and in the worst case, start harassing their crush’s character.
How do you beat “That Guy”.

Someone (your DM most likely) should pull them aside and have the conversation

You probably don’t want them to leave, but the tactic of flirting-by-proxy doesn’t really work.
Actually playing the game can lead to a relationship building on its own!.
If this doesn’t work, and the toxicity is too much, they may need to be expelled from the group.
Don’t tolerate harassment (even by proxy).
PowerGamer Guy.
This guy HAS to win.
They comb forums, scour rulebooks, cite obscure material, and do math like they’re Zach Galifinakis in The Hangover to make their character.
This character will outperform everything that the party should be able to, making the other players almost obsolete.
How do you beat “That Guy”.

The DM has the right to veto characters

and limit resources the players might use in character creation (As a DM I’m a Core Races and officially printed Classes only guy).
If it’s going to break the story, .

The DM can fudge numbers and results

Part of the role is to allow each player a time to shine, so you can remove randomness to do so.
If the PGG and another PC succeed a check, give the other PC the spotlight this time.
Of course, there are always more “That Guy”s, if you’ve got more, drop us a comment with your story.
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Starting with chess at age 6, Connor quickly grew to love a competitive challenge and is currently trying to break into the competitive side of MTG and Hearthstone.
He also Roleplays and plays board games socially with friends.
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