When I was young and just discovering D&D I was also a terrible athlete (which honestly has not really changed that much.) And being a terrible athlete there was nothing I hated worse than being forced to participate in team sports. At the time, I laid it on the very concept of ‘team’ sports. Looking back there is a certain amount of irony to the time that my 2 friends and I got into trouble for playing D&D when we should have been in gym class, and my complaint was about being forced to participate in a team activity. And if the above makes me sound like the ‘geek’ cliche that inhabits movies and TV shows to this day, then I am fully guilty of living that life.
Later on, I did discover the joy of team sports (even if I was still not a great athlete.) And I became a sports geek, loving watching team sports, really enjoying those great moments of teamwork.
But here is where the interesting dynamic comes in. Are there people who play sports and also participate in the ‘geek’ activities like D&D? Yes, of course, there are. But those are not the people I am talking about. Instead, I am talking about how many of those who end up in the hobby are those who did not spend a lot of time involved in team sports. And I have noticed that this has an interesting effect. Specifically, the result is people who have not developed the concept of how a team of people can accomplish something that a group of individuals cannot.
One of the biggest problems the boys have is that they are a group of individuals, they do not understand how to work together as a team to accomplish their goals. Even the Denver group, which is a very experienced group of role players, is more often a group of individuals trying to defeat the bad guys, rather than an experienced team where everyone knows their place.
One of the other players and I have been going back and forth about this. Now that the groups characters have pretty much established their personalities, it would be good to start adding things that they can use to help out the team. I even created a little form for us to fill out for each character:
AC:HP:Saves:Ranged attacks:Close Combat:Main Spells:Channel?Best Skills: