What do you think about the idea of writing a “player profile” you can share with people you play with so they know what to expect, how to entertain and engage you and how to help with things you struggle with?
This is just a short example, but you get the idea:
I know that I struggle when I don’t have a strong motivation or good reasons for my character to engage with the story. I also dislike puzzles that I have to solve as a player, but I love open ended problemsolving and using the environment in creative ways. I am chaotic good and I like long walks on the beach.
I would pin a big flashy disclaimer on these because it is so easy to misunderstand or make assumptions from reading a simple statement, and some people don’t even know themselves that well. When I say “I dislike puzzles” I don’t mean “I hate mysteries, secrets and problemsolving of any kind”, I mean “I’ve had issues with puzzles, let’s talk about puzzles so we’re on the same page before they come up”.
– Do you know your own player profile or personality well?
– Do you often give people a heads up about how you play and what you like or dislike before playing?
– Do you think it is a good idea for people to start writing and sharing their profiles with people they play with?
– Are there any things in particular you would like to learn about people before playing with or running a game for them?