This is actually a bit of classic advice, but - kind of going along with yesterday's post - it surprises me how often I see this trend coming up, even among experienced players. The advice is simple: when making your PC make someone who is willing to be a team player.
Now, this doesn't mean they can't grumble or whine about it. This doesn't mean that they can't act like they're doing it reluctantly. That's fine. Hell, they can even believe that they work better on their own. However, even if they think all those things they still need to be able to work as a team.
See, RPGs are a group activity - shocking I know, right? - and so when you make someone who insists on going against the grain and going off on their own you're doing one, or more, of several things:
- Making the GM have to find something for you to do
- Making the GM have to find a way to fit you back into the group
- Making the group have to deal with being a person down
- Making the group have to come up with reasons why they need/want your character with them
Not one of these things is good. The last point is especially rough because, quite frankly, if all you do is leave or say you'd be better on your own why should the group want you around? Why should their characters have to reach and stretch for a reason when you won't even try? Of course, if they're not expecting you, or wanting you, around then why should they have to deal with being a person down? They can just arrange things for you to be off on your own. Which means the GM would need to find a way to fit you back with the group - which you keep leaving or alienating as they don't want you around so why do that? Which just brings us back to the top point of the GM having to find something for you to do. Except, the GM has every other player in the group to deal with. Why should they have to work harder because you want to be off on your own?
In other words, if you insist on going against the grain and being a loner, don't be surprised if the GM stops inviting you around for game. Frankly it's not worth the time trying to make a character fit into a game when they, and the player, don't want the character in that game.
Of course this doesn't mean you can't play those loner types. However, make sure with your group that it is ok with people, and with the GM, if you play someone who prefers to go off on their own. It's fine, and heck even expected. The Ninja Turtles had Raphael, the Justice League has Batman, the X-Men have Wolverine and they all work fine. Those characters stay loners, but when the group needs them they are also team players.
It makes things easier, and happier, for everyone.