With this week focusing on new players in our games, I thought it would be fun to have a discussion about our favorite moments with new players.
In the interest of not stealing all of my current group's stories for this game, I think my actual favorite new player moment happened years ago during my first experience with Legend of the Five Rings. This was before I even fully knew what I was playing, but I knew enough about "Samurai Culture" to not have the same culture shock.
The moment was simple enough. Myself and the other new person trying out the game were in a market and had to pick something up. Along the way the other player decided his character was hungry and asked if there was a food stand around. The GM said yes. The player, for some reason, decided he didn't want to pay and instead tried to steal the food. They had a roll, the PC failed, and the GM described the merchant seeing the player, noticing his swords, and then looking away as he took the rice ball.
The player was confused, but also curious. So he took more things. Eventually he asked what was up and the GM explained that because he was samurai the peasants would not talk back to him. In effect they were honored to let him have those things. The player did not catch the hint in the GM's voice that it was still wrong and being noticed. Why would he? Now he was a kid in a candy shop that could take whatever he wanted.
And so the theft continued....until a passing Mirumoto saw what was happening and took offense on the part of the peasants. A quick argument/discussion on the role of the samurai and a sound trouncing later and the player's comeuppance had arrived.
Now, in hindsight, I'm not sure if the GM handled this the way I would have. I think I would have warned the player more bluntly that just because a peasant wouldn't say anyting didn't mean there couldn't be severe reactions. At the other end though, the way the situation played out was a great introduction to Rokugan and that kind of society, including the extreme difference between the classes.
Also, the player totally had it coming. The Rice ball they could have gotten away with, but by the end they were taking just to take. It is the kind of thing that gets noticed.
What's your favorite new player moment/story?