Am I to seriously believe there are people in the world who think it is a "challenge" to roleplay a particular class, having 'just' chosen it from the die roll?
My previous post was a suggestion that it would save the campaign TIME by knowing what you were going to play in advance ... and yet I received comments that described choosing a class "totally random and challenging myself to roleplay whatever I came up with."
Perhaps it is because I've been a DM. Perhaps its because I've been playing for quite some time. Somehow, having played princesses, dragons, small insects, dryads, brownies, heavenly beings, giants, treants, troglodytes, insane scientists, criminal masterminds, prostitutes and a wide range of classes and characters as NPCs, I don't find it that much of a "challenge" to be only a fighter or an illusionist or an assassin. In fact, the very idea that roleplaying a particular 'class' is a "challenge" baffles the very shit out of me.
Now, please to let the gentle reader TAKE NOTE ... I am specifying, "class" ... writing it in boldface, with quotes and underlined, in the hopes that the ordinary skimming reader will pick it up. ROLEPLAYING in general, YES, I take that as difficult, hard, subject to great amounts of mastery, with people making an effort. No argument from me.
But fighter vs. druid? Cleric vs. thief? Really?
I guess that part of my incredulity is the thought that in someway, a class run in a particular way by a particular player character could be done "wrong." I mean, I've written posts about how classes define people in the game, but I meant NPC's ... not players! Players, I assume, will act in accordance with whatever beliefs they will. I have harped on medieval life and how people used to think back then, but this is by and large directed at DMs to help them to flesh out their world.
This has to be some fucked up perception that's arisen from the use of alignment. "Honest, Alexis, it's really freakin' HARD to run a neutral Druid! You have no idea what a blue-bloody bitch chaotic good can be!" And other similar happy horseshit.
Sometimes I wonder if you people actually know when you're shitting on a toilet and when you're doing it in front of the computer. I can't begin to guess what kind of headspace one has to adopt in order to think that "making lemonade" out of six random scores is something you pat yourself on the back for, in order to give yourself a feeling of accomplishment. This is a kindergarten accomplishment, kiddies. Yes, you've smooshed clay into a flat shape vaguely similar to an ashtray! GOOD for you, Jimmy. Here's a star.
It's fucking sad, that's what it is. It's just sad that people are so bloody weak that playing a set of different, limited classes is a 'challenge' to them. I tell you, if there were only 18 very poorly identified fictional characters in the world for actors to perform, there wouldn't be any of them talking about what a great challenge it was to play #11. Actors step in and play THOUSANDS of different characters ... and it takes a really unique one to be a "challenge."
Oh, oh, oh, acting isn't a fair comparison? Okay. Can anyone think of any craft, from fixing cars and photography through mountaineering and dance where there are only 18 forms of anything? Hm? Anyone?
I had a really, really nasty ending for this post, but I guess I should be charitable. Listen, just go play more, okay? You really need the practice.