Still true in 4E -- and in my experience, in some ways moreso because rituals meant I couldn't just handwave the utility spells, because people didn't suffer a penalty for preparing them.Kostas wrote:You know how as DM, even in 3.5e, you have to know every freakin spell (At least Core) cause some smartass playa is gonna try and use the most crazy combo of spells to screw over your detailed campaign world. So you have to be prepared to counter it somehow, either with houserules or being prepared. It's hard, but it's also interesting. You don't want to go all restrictive on your players and force them in dungeons where you can control them, but you also want to limit their soapbox open world abilities to as much as you are willing your campaign world to be affected. It takes a lot of effort and skill from a DM to do all that.
I don't mean "shy" as in "would naturally be gregarious but has learned not to be", I mean actually natively shy. Not everyone has a shell to come out of... Sometimes that shy exterior really is the real person.PS: On your point about shy people playing the game, well that's just it. You have to play a role, come out of your shell.
Except this doesn't work, because the shy player simply can't RP that as well as someone else. So the shy player is limited in ability to play an imagined character; 3E's intimidate and diplomacy checks were a start on fixing this, but 4E does a better job of providing people with the tools to play characters they really can't be personally.This is the growing aspect of RPGs. Sure a shy, small person may not be able to intimidate anyone in his real life, but he could play a Barbarian and roll checks to intimidate enemies, or RP a rogue that leads a guild, who uses a thinly veiled threat on the City's ruler, just RPing it, because he has the power to back up that threat.
Disclaimer: I game with some autistic people. Not everyone has the option of turning on the social skills at will.
Not everyone has the option. Humans are pretty diverse.So it comes down to power, real or imagined, overt or covert, it doesn't matter if the real person is shy or not in real life. I'm a shy person and in gaming I can really let loose and immerse myself.