Last week at the L5R game I ran, I had an interesting situation pop up. The game was, for the most part, just down to 3 of the 5 players. One player couldn't show up, and the other was at work until about 3/4 of the way through the session. So, what was so interesting? Well, for the most part I only had 2 players actively playing in the game. The third, was off being in character all on his own.
How does that happen? I can hear some of you asking. Well, the player in question is playing a smith, and in the last session he was given a special order. At the beginning of this session, it came up again, and the player's mind went into overload with ideas. He ran upstairs, grabbed a notebook, sat back down, and began to doodle out ideas for different weapons and tools he wanted to make.
Now, at several points over the course of the game, I turned to this player and asked if he wanted to do anything. Each time, he said he was just sketching out the designs, and happy doing so. I can only take him at his word for this, but he did seem to be doing this in character the entire game.
So, how about you guys? Have you ever had a similar experience, where a player found a way to be In Character for almost the entire game, without really having scene time? How did it work out? Did it benefit the game? Or did you need to pull people away from it to get them involved with what else was going on?