A Player’s Urge To Murder

Caught your attention, didn’t I? One of the most commonly discussed issues GM’s often have is regarding the idea of “murderhobos”. Characters who kill with great abandon and who litter their campaigns with corpses. Now the term “murderhobo”, while technically correct, isn’t particularly fair because few players actually want to roleplay murdering someone.

They don’t want their targets to have pre-existing lives they’ve been plucked from, don’t want to see family members on the news making pleas for anyone who knows something to please come forward, and if their “victim” has a dog who will soon be sent to the pound, you can bet your bottom dollar that dog is getting adopted and looked after with every kindness.  Or more rarely shot dead by players who are finding this play on their heart strings irksome and wish to discourage it.

Also be mindful that wanting to play trigger happy characters or even fully-fledged serial killers aren’t bad things.¬†¬†Hell, most games actively encourage it by linking loot and experience points directly to your kill count and by golly can it be hard to run a game where your PCs are trying to arrest everybody or give CPR to your Big Bad.

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