I’m a player in a pathfinder campaign on Discord with 3 other friends, 2 players (let’s call them A and B) and the GM.
A little background
- I’m a very close friends with the others players and the GM.
- We’ve played IRL and on discord a few times before, but not all together. I played with A and GM on a campaign and with B and GM on an other campaign and A and B played with GM on a third one.
- We are all very good friends IRL outside of role-playing games.
- Player A plays a rogue, player B plays a paladin-scaled-fist-monk, and I play a summoner. We are a level 3 party.
- Player A likes to ask questions and plan things out-of-character only. Player B is the other way around, very discrete out-of-character but speaks in character if needed. I often take initiatives in and out of character (talking with NPCs, proposing strategies, ect.), and I’m aware of that, so I try my best to include other player in those, and I think that’s a fact that may be relevant.
Last night we were at what seemed to be a boss fight, the scene was set up at our last session, 1 day prior, where the GM explicitly told us that if we wanted to plan something big, he would provide us with necessary non-magical items in our surroundings (for example barrels of explosive powder).
I explain my plan (involving said barrels, and a couple of other things going BOOM), player A proposed other plans but their’s had problems that my plan didn’t. Player B was silent despite my @mentions.
Finally, everybody agreed to try my plan. The fight began… and after the surprise round nothing went as expected as the BBEG won the initiative and throw a big stormy map control spell that wiped out all fire (no BOOM without fire) and throwing B and myself to the ground with no visibility.
As the party caster, I managed to teleport player B out of the spell area, but I was still in the middle of a 40ft radius icy-stormy-hell with no visibility. I was effectively out of the fight, leaving A, B and my eidolon out. I told A and B that they had to make the decisions now, because I was literally no more than a rolling piece of meat inside a fridge at the time.
Then 40 minutes of silence of player B, only broken by questions of player A and GM’s answers. But with no actions. The GM then made the statement that if they don’t play now, the BBEG will go forward. And then player B rage-quit
When our GM informed us that player B had rage-quit, we paused and tried to think about what happened. In fact player A and B were discussing what to do in private. The fact that the GM pushed the game forward upset her. We arrived at the conclusion that maybe the pace of the game was too quick, not letting time for B to give her ideas.
Pace is important in fight, but fun for all at the table is more important.
So how can we handle the situation at our level (player, GM, group), and what tools (on Discord) or tips (social) can we use?