So I am running a LMoP game for a group of new players, and everyone is having a great time. We are all very new to it all though – it’s my first time running a PW Campaign as a DM, (only had a few one-off games before now), but I do have plenty of player experience – and the Players are all new to it as well.
We’re two sessions in, and it has been quickly established that one player is a pretty full-on Murder Hobo. While the player is new, and the enemies have all been pretty much one-hit kills (all goblins), (and let’s face it, we’ve all been guilty of the occasional blood-thirsty trip); this player has gone off the deep end a little.
The player is running a pre-genned* Halfling Rogue with a Shortsword and Shortbow, and so far has managed to take down nearly half of the enemies they have come across, single-handedly. They’ve got a taste fro blood and it’s affecting their gameplay.
Admittedly, they are a True Neutral Criminal, with the “loyalty to my friends, not any ideals. Everyone else can take a trip on the River Styx” Character Ideal. This could be a “My Guy Syndrome” situation (I do doubt it however, none of the players have really gotten into character – simply made choices based on their abilities); but it’s becoming a problem, regardless.
Not only are they not avoiding combat (the only reason they haven’t been one-hit KO’d is due to poor dice rolls), instead charging into melee with nary a second thought; they have suggested any and all characters they interact with, should be killed. The reasons being “because it’s easier”. A sort of “No muss; no fuss” approach.
This has included:
- A goblin, that survived an initial combat to provide information about the Goblin hideout.
- The plot-central NPC, held captive by the goblins.
- The same Goblin that was captured prior, after being tied up, and already admitting to “changing his ways”; that had also been declared to have fallen unconscious due to being tied up, upside down for several hours.
- Other PCs (only a first thought on whether or not PvP was allowed, and I have stated that PvP is not allowed).
What I have tried so far is:
- Reminded the player that they are the small, sneaky one, with little HP. They excel at stealth and in combat, should do their best to sneak attack as much as possible – if the situation calls for it.
Roleplayed the conversation between players as part of the PCs conversations; so the NPCs are aware of the back and forth:
Rogue: “We should just kill him. He’s obviously working for the Goblins.”
NPC: “I can hear you.” He reaches for a sword laying on the ground. He is clearly wounded and in need of rest after being tormented and tortured by the goblins, but he is obviously concerned for his own safety by your frivolity at the idea of killing him.
Even roleplayed the scenario where they killed the captured and unconscious Goblin; which led to a group exploding with protest at the player (not me, who made the decision), leading to a vote to confiscate the Rogues weapons, only to return them when required (heading into dangerous territory or at the beginning of a fight – I will allow a free action to return the weapons at the beginning of a fight).
That is where he have left it until the next session. Currently, while it is frustrating me a little bit as the DM; the rest of the group is clearly getting agitated by it – hence the last situation.
I also don’t want the player to fall into this “Murder Hobo” lifestyle as it could lead to bigger issues down the track. Starting off with simple and weak enemies have allowed this to happen with little resistance. Later on down the track, with larger and more threatening enemies, this PC will likely struggle.
Is there any way that I could/should be handling this better?
*This is the pre-genned characters we are using – we are using the Starter Set.