If memory serves, Inquisitor and Drow Priestess don’t get along so well. Maybe Kinesticist’s faction of Quizzies run on the “opposites attract” theory? Either that or her official fan club Inquisitor hat is screwed on too tight.

While our resident fan girl may be a bit overenthusiastic, you’ve got to admire her energy. Sure I’d be weirded out if another player gave my PC the slash fic treatment. But as an admitted diva myself, watching another player take an interest in my character would be all manner of flattering.

It’s not something players generally think about doing. I mean, I’m out here to pursue my own goals and to wallow in my own backstory. If I’m supposed to embody a fictional character, then pursing their interests ought to be my business. That makes fanning-out over fellow PCs a low priority, right?

Well not so fast. RPGs are a team sport after all. And it’s important to remember that this is an ensemble performance, not a one-person play. In that vein, I’d love to hear any of the following from my buddies:

  • “I’m thinking about multiclassing. Could your dude give me a bit of training?”
  • “You’re wise and stuff. Any philosophical advice for my guy? What would your god say?”
  • “Is there any way I can help you achieve your personal quest?”
  • “What do you want to do when you retire? How are you going to spend all that gold once you’ve made your fortune?”
  • “How can I help your character have a cool moment this session?”
  • “Your latest spell gave me an idea… Think we could figure out a teamwork move?”

In other words, it’s all about taking an interest in the other guy. What can you offer their character, and is it possible to help illuminate them?

So for today’s discussion, let’s talk about all those times when you helped somebody else have a cool character moment. Did you pitch a wouldn’t-it-be-cool-if concept for a character? Perhaps you were simply a good audience member during their big moment? Or if you can’t think of one, imagine a way that you might bring this kind of collaboration to the table. What would it look like? Plan out your next big supporting-actor moment down in the comments!


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