Hey guys, I’m having a weird situation here, and If not properly handled it might become a problem later on.
You see, one of my players is always very enganged with the game, he truly enjoys it, more than the other players actually (the others enjoy it greatly too). He asks lots of questions, enjoys his moments under the spotlight, is interested in the story, etc. So far so good, right?
The problem is, this guy is a big hack and slash fan, spent hours and hours playing games like Path of Exile, he’s a true min maxer to the core, and at times he kinda complains about Dungeon World and its “limited options”, suggesting that we should try another, more crunchier system, something like D&D that has more character customization options.
So, one of the players told me he wouldn’t be able to play on the next session, so I suggested the others that we could play a d&d one shot, using the free rules and pre-generated characters available on the Wizards’ website, and they agreed. I made a very small, deadly dungeon populated by goblins and let them explore it during this session, teaching the mechanics as they delved deeper, kinda like a tutorial.
In the end we all enjoyed it, but most players seemed to feel like there was nothing they were missing, kinda like a “nothing to see here, folks” feeling, except for the minmaxer. His eyes sparkled with all the spells and whatnot present on D&D, and loved the more tactical combat (we used a grid and tokens).
Alright then, most players seemed to prefer Dungeon World, but the one that preferred Dungeons & Dragons is being very vocal about it, almost like he’s trying to convince the others to make the change, and I’m not entirely sure about how am I supposed deal with this (I enjoy both games for very different reasons, maybe leaning more towards Dungeon World).
So, what do you guys think? These guys (most of them newcomers) are all very close friends and I don’t want to get into awkward situations because of boardagmes, you know. Any suggestions?