A Public Service Announcement

I have mixed feelings about Power Gaming. I acknowledge it’s a valid expression of the game and that many people extract their enjoyment of the game by designing characters and thinking of builds. Simply put, some people just want to win at D&D. I’m also not fool enough to believe that Power Gaming is the opposite of role-playing and that they’re mutually exclusive.

But Power Gaming can be problematic. If one person at the table has a much more powerful character than it affects the fun of everyone else. They can’t compete.  Bluntly, it sucks when another character is better then your character’s at their own niche. And the GM feels inept as their monsters are defanged, pantsed, and humiliated. Any other behaviour that affects the entire table can’t get condemned fast enough. But power gaming gets a pass…