i’ve noticed a trend of late when i have the privilege of sitting around a table to play some D&D with friends… nearly everyone plays A-hole characters!
“i’d like to make a slight of hand check to steal the gem he just found from him”
“He’s passed out? i take his pants off and drag him outside.”
“i’m not burning my last heal on you, you can make death-saves if you go down!”
Why does this seem to be such a trend around tables these days? What happened to playing a group of companions? To working as a team? To being fantasy-friends?
Back in the old days we had some jerkish characters, sure. There were jerkish thieves who stole from their party, but they tended to be the outliers. Now even the good aligned fighter seems to want to snag treasure from his companions. Is it a reflection of our change towards each other in general in the world? Is it a case of art imitating life? Are we all frustrated by being worked over by others so when it comes time to escape into a little fantasy we want to be the jerks coming out on top at the expense of others? i’m not sure, but it’s food for thought…
In the meantime, “Adventurer seeks trustworthy and friendly companions to embark on random quests with!”