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D&D Story: DM Kicks Me Out Because Apparently Creativity & Roleplay Don't Go Together

November 07, 2020 All Things DnD
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D&D Story: DM Kicks Me Out Because Apparently Creativity & Roleplay Don't Go Together
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D&D Story: DM Kicks Me Out Because Apparently Creativity & Roleplay Don't Go Together
Nov 07, 2020
All Things DnD

What is D&D if not a living fairytale?


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What is D&D if not a living fairytale?


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Dear RPG enthusiasts, I'm gonna present you one of the most bizarre game I've ever played in
It happened last a few months ago, when the COVID-19 crisis was just beginning. I saw a post on looking for group recruiting one player for roleplay heavy, character-driven game. Supposedly, they were missing one player for whatever reason. I filled in the enclosed form and a few hours after, I got a message from the DM that I had been chosen.
 
Lucky me.
 
I was sent an invite to a discord server with a pretty generic name - like, “something” D and D. I almost left because I hate when someone writes D and D, but I was foolish enough to stay.
 
The DM seemed like a chill and experienced guy, the other 2 players as well. We talked for a while - they informed me that they allow only official content, and that I have to be polite. When I asked what happened to the third player, they told me he ghosted them. 
 
That’s cool. No red flags so far.
 
Then, I wanted to create my character.
 
The DM wrote, "Uh, sure. We have a wizard and barbarian, so you have to play half-caster to keep stuff balanced." 
 
I was a bit shocked, but I wanted to play paladin anyway, so I pretty much ignored this red flag. I built a pretty generic female dwarf paladin with an oath of vengeance. She was a Hill dwarf though, I didn't want to seem min-maxy with a mountain dwarf. Besides, extra HP is always useful. So, with a hill dwarf paladin in mind, I started writing her backstory.
 
She was the daughter of a dwarven king, and as she was bored of noble life, she ran away to become knight. While running away from the capital, she met some other dwarves and they decided to stay together and train together. However, they got ambushed and everyone except her got killed. She survived being hit by a club and played dead. So she swore that she'd avenge her companions, justifying vengeance subclass. Like I said, pretty generic.
 
The DM liked it. "Nothing crazy, that's good." I was actually excited, because I was expecting that the DM would tie my character into the world with an eventual confrontation with my pursuers. The dwarven king really wants his daughter back. Or at least some act of meaningless violence towards random bandits from my side, leading to weakening my powers, redemption arc, etc. etc. 
 
I know, I sound like I want all the spotlight, but it was supposed to be character-driven. And I'm willing to wait for my turn to shine.
 
So, a few days later, session four starts. They had played 3 sessions with the guy who ghosted them. 
 
I was waiting for some introduction of my character, but all I got was "Welcome our new paladin, Lady Morena." 
 
The other two responded with "Welcome Morena!" and that was it. 
 
No roleplay, nothing. I just magically appeared there. 
 
Then, the DM continued. "You all are in the tavern. During the last session, you killed the goblins. Now, a lady in white approaches you. She is beautiful like an angel. She asks you to help her find her child." The Wizard stays quiet, and the barbarian responds: "My character expresses that he doesn't want to look for her child. He's rude."
 
"She cries and begs you."
 
This wizard jumps in. "Brutus was rude to her. I want him to accept the quest."
 
If you couldn’t guess Brutus was the incredibly original barbarian’s name that also speaks in third person. 
 
"Brutus is ashamed and he agrees with Gandalf.”
 
Take a wild guess who Gandalf was. 
 
Before accepting the quest, Gandalf asks Morena about her opinion.
 
I was honestly shocked. No roleplay, nothing. Just those empty sentences, so it took me a few moments to respond.
 
"Brutus, don't you see that this woman is desperate? She lost her child - how can you be so cold and insult her? Even before thinking about the possible amount of money we can earn if she's rich" I added quietly. Yes, I was chaotic good.
 
"Man, what was that?" The DM asked.
 
"Uh, roleplay?"
"No, no, we don't do it like this. I tell you when to roleplay, just wait." The DM said.
 
Looking at it now, retrospectively, I should have left right then. But my brain said "There will be roleplay. Stay". So I stayed.
 
The DM continued, "You accept the quest. She tells you where to look for the child. You go there. It's a forest, she says she's scared to enter it. Do you enter it?"
 
Gandalf and Brutus quickly respond with a, "Yes"
 
“Wait guys, not so fast! I ask the woman why she is afraid. It could be a trap." I've decided to play along, at least for a while.
 
"Uhhh, you can't do that. I haven't thought of this." The DM said after a long pause.
 
He seriously didn't have a clue how to improvise. Even something like "She doesn't respond" would be better than this.
 
"Ma'am, I sincerely apologise, but I can't enter the forest yet. My codex doesn't allow me to act recklessly - what if you were hag, trying to deceive us?" I said,
 
At this point, I was just desperately trying. Who knows, maybe this was just some stupid joke? Or will they try to play along?
 
"She becomes furious and shouts that this is not a trap. You have to enter the forest or she'll kill you." The DM replied.
 
"I kneel down before the woman. Ma'am, I'm holy knight, member of ancient paladin order, protector of the innocent and bane of the evildoers. Who are you, so powerful you could defeat me, yet so weak you can't enter this forest?" After I finish, the DM goes berserk. 
 
"Spare us this stupid babbling, we are playing a game, not living a fairytale! How old are you, ten? Holy knight, protector of the innocent. You are PALADIN, not holy knight!" Those two lost individuals join him. They basically repeat his words, Gandalf says he casts burning hands on me and DM rules that I'm dead.
 
"And get lost, derailer!'' The voice chat went silent. It was actually funny - being kicked out for roleplaying. I wonder if the guy before me tried to roleplay as well, and how did he last a whole 3 sessions.