EDIT: The terminology in the below has caused quite a bit of confusion among those leaving comments on Facebook. The proper term for what I am talking about is “Munchkin” not power gamer. There is a marked difference between the two. Power gamers, while still quite unnerving to me, are nowhere near the level that muchkins are. Hopefully this clears up any misunderstandings in the future.
This is one of them post, you know the ones that the blogger really hates. I despise power gamers. I mean, really despise them. Not the ones that claim they are “power gaming”. I am talking the dude who takes 100 points of flaws in GURPS because he thinks he can fit in more skills.Those people make me want to choke on my rage. Here are my tips from the other side of the screen from them. Or better yet, how I deal with them:
1. Houserules: This is the first and foremost thing I pull out when a power gamer hits my table. House rules keep them from being able to exploit the loopholes that they have found. Well, that is the idea anyhow.
2. Control what happens at creation: Limit the options at creation. It makes it hard to power game if those options are off the table from the start. 3.x was a great example of a game where you had to do that, or else pay the price.
3. Be strong with your players: Tell them you won’t tolerate their breaking of the game. Putting your foot down will typically drive them away from the table.
4. Ask them to leave: Another time that I will drive a player off. I will ask, beg, plead and even restrict before I do this, but if the power gamer won’t stop, then das boot!
5. Work with the player: Sometimes the player doesn’t realize he is being a dick. Talk to him and work with him or her to fix the problem.
So, how do you deal with the problems that power gamers bring? As always, don’t be a dick!