Unfiltered Story #28443

Unfiltered | June 15, 2017

(A few online friends and I do weekly pen-and-paper RPGs online, using Skype and an assortment of other tools. While it’s understandable that, in such things, there would be instances where someone might not hear something correctly, or be away from the computer at a bad time, one of our circle has been having it happen constantly. As one of the “co-leaders” of the group, it falls to me to talk to him.)

Me: So, we’ve been noticing you’ve been having trouble paying attention in the games lately.

Him: What are you talking about?

Me: Like… We’re constantly having to repeat stuff to you, a minute after it was said.

Him: Like what? I haven’t done anything like that lately.

Me: Like when [other player] healed you and you never put it in. Or when you got caught in a net then tried to move anyway. Or when your guy walked right through a wall of fire that erupted literally right before your turn came up.

Him: Okay so, I was having a bad night.

Me: That was over the last several weeks. Would you LIKE me to say what happened *just* last night?

Him: You know, sometimes things happen, we’re talking over the internet. And I’m not the only one that’s messed up.

Me: No, you’re not. But you’re the one that’s been messing up the most lately, except for [different player] because his headset is broken and he’s waiting for the replacement to show up. You literally don’t seem to be listening half the time unless someone outright says your name first, and you’re not the only one.

Him: Well, I just talked with [third player] and he hasn’t noticed anything about me screwing up constantly.

Me: Okay, I’m not trying to say you’re ‘screwing up constantly’, I’m saying you don’t seem to be listening. And when I said ‘you’re not the only one’, guess who the other one I’m going to be talking to is?

(By the end of it all, we were down one player, because apparently pointing out that you have to pay attention and listen when communicating with people over a voice-only chat was simply too much to ask.)