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greyautumnrain
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Run Guest Stars
Whenever I have someone "guest star" in the run I wonder why I don't do that more often. Its a little more preperation work for me, but the run itself is always way less stressful. It worked particularly well last night. I think part of that was that two of my players were off on their honeymoon and therefore not at the run. Next time when I'm up to the full quota of six players and I have a guest star the room is going to be crowded, and it may get into a situation where my regulars are losing out on spotlight time in favor of the guest.

Its the spotlight time problem that keeps me from having guest stars more often. I think the only reason why my players have put up with my run for the past five and a half years is that I really do try to share the spotlight time around evenly. Its not always easy. Some people are just better at grabbing the spotlight than others. Guest stars always have an advantage in grabbing the spotlight, so they do need to be used sparingly. I'm currently blessed with a group of players who work well together and mostly share the spotlight without my intervention, which is great. My theory is that the if the players all think that their characters are cool they'll be willing to forgive all manner of goofs on my part. I believe I have ample evidence to support this theory.

In other news my players seem to think that I'm not going to be in any shape even to be entertained after the wisdom teeth removal thing next week. Hmm. The oral surgeon made it sound like it was no big deal. He said I should take it easy for a couple of days afterwards. Now my friends are telling me that at most I might be able to lie on the couch and watch a movie. Hmm. Clearly my friends are more credible here because the oral surgeon is the one with the incentive to lie about the procedure.

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firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: October 20th, 2004 05:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Spotlight time is a good example of Advanced Run Engineering. :)
I do think you do a good job of having enough personal plots and specialties that everyone ends up with enough. Though, I admit, I'm almost always just as happy to watch Henri in the spotlight as be there myself - he's like watching TV, but better!

(In my old Call of Cthulhu campaign, there was one session that ran completely off the rails as one party member decided to go sneak around and investigate a second, bringing a third for backup. Hilarity ensued, though a couple of the players did virtually nothing all run. Still, I think it was funny enough that it was a success as a run, if not something I would want to be a model for *all* the runs of the campaign)
twe From: twe Date: October 20th, 2004 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's harder to hog the spotlight when you don't know the system. :)

(The strange number-letter-damage word combat results are all basically Greek to me.)
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: October 20th, 2004 07:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're actually really good at not hogging the spotlight. It was a problem with someone else I asked a long time ago, but its made me jumpy about it ever since.

Ah the joys of Rolemaster. I forget that "31EP" doesn't immediately give everyone a sense of lots of pain, if not instant death. System-wise it really is very nearly the opposite of Amber. You handled the combat well even if it was greek.
twe From: twe Date: October 21st, 2004 07:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're actually really good at not hogging the spotlight.

I've spent a lot of time in runs with other players who do hog the spotlight, so perhaps I'm more sensitive/aware because of that. :)
countertorque From: countertorque Date: October 22nd, 2004 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think lots of talking immediately after wisdom teeth removal my be troublesome. But, in general, I agree with your doctor. It's not that big of a deal. I think I was back to normal in about 24 hours. Of course, my teeth were pretty easy. If yours require lots of digging, you may be out longer.

Oh, and HI :)
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: October 22nd, 2004 10:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi. It took me a bit to figure out who you were. :)

The oral surgeon claims that on a scale of 1 to 10 mine are a 1. They're in and mostly straight. We'll see how it goes. I did opt to be concious for the whole thing.
twe From: twe Date: October 25th, 2004 03:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
My oral surgeon initially claimed mine were about a 6 on a 1 to 10 scale. I think he revised that up afterwards.

Mostly, I had a terrible splitting headache afterwards. The novacaine had worn off by the time I got home. I was pretty diligent about the ice, etc though and had basically no swelling at least.
coraline From: coraline Date: October 23rd, 2004 02:51 am (UTC) (Link)
in my experience, even my impacted wisdom teeth were not a big deal. i think i may have even attended lecture the same day. (if not that day, than the next.)
it should be fine.

(and hi, by the by :)
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