Posted 26 December 2011 - 06:57 PM
I registered because I just had to respond to this thread.
First, I want to thank all of you for playing and recording. I've really enjoyed the Carrion Crown sessions.
Second, Lindsay, I hope you're feeling better. I had back surgery too, and I know it takes time to recover. Hang in there! It definitely gets better.
Third, Gilbert - here's my humble take on some of what may be hanging you up. You seem to want to 'logic' your way through scenarios which is totally understandable. However, you might benefit from a good read-through of some key sections of the rules (e.g. Combat, Spell Casting, Skills). While some rules seem arbitrary, they're in place for structure and balance. They are the framework that makes the game work as a game. If you're familiar with the rules, you won't be so frustrated when you run up against them.
Think of this example. Let's say that you're playing Monopoly, and you'd really prefer to collect $3,000 when you pass 'Go' because you could buy a lot more properties with 3K than $200, and you make more money because you're a robber baron, and -hey- I'm sure you could totally convince the bank to loan you that much. That all may be true, but it wrecks the game balance because the game is set up for players to collect $200 for each pass around the board, not more or less. It may not seem logical, but it's part of what makes the game work as a whole.
Having said all of that, Pathfinder (or even RPGs) might just not be for you. It sounds like you guys are considering a different rules system (I'm not familiar with Rolemaster). Perhaps it will suit your gaming interests better. As others have suggested, maybe you can play some one-shots in different systems, or even just listen to some other actual play podcasts to get a sense of what all's out there. It sounds like you already know that you don't like story-heavy games or games that depict non-combat scenarios unfolding at a leisurely pace. That's a start.
Finally, Hal... Hal, you're a saint and an EXCELLENT GM. You're incredibly kind and considerate of your player's interests, and you do a wonderful job of explaining the rules, maintaining the pacing & story, role-playing the NPCs, etc. etc. (Darus, Bobby the Beast, and the stuttering barrister - all outstanding!) Most players would kill for that kind of GM. Personally, I really, really enjoyed the Carrion Crown story line. That's just my kind of adventure. Combat is nice and all, but to me the exploring, mystery-solving, creativity, and role playing are so much more interesting. It just goes to show that what appeals to one player may not appeal to another. Neither is right or wrong. Keep up the great work, and I hope you keep recording so that we all can keep enjoying.