Comments on 2019-06-12 Torture in Games

Oh dear, thankfully I have never had players that wanted to torture an NPC beyond some threatening or the patently ridiculous. Whew. I don’t think I would play with those people long or often after that.

Jennifer 2019-06-14 06:53 UTC

You know how it is. It starts with the suggestion of mild abuse and some chuckling at the table, and escalates slowly. It took me a while to realize what was happening, to see the normalization of torture. I think it was at that time that I heard somebody else relate a similar story from their table. Perhaps it was Harald, I’m not sure. And that opened my eyes and from then on I decided to fight the normalization of torture at the table: stop the conversation before it escalates, saying that I didn’t want to hear it. And as soon as I said my magic sentence and added that we all know torture doesn’t work, the issue is gone. Everybody wakes up from the torture fantasy and agrees, of course it doesn’t work, and the game changes direction for the better. And then it’s never brought up again. Phew! 😅

– Alex Schroeder 2019-06-14 16:40 UTC

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