Social gaming means both the good and the bad of social interactions. And while there are a lot of incredibly enjoyable conversations and encounters that we all have with others, there are also those times when we bump into players who might have been put on this earth to test your patience and forbearing.
These are the trolls, the short-tempered dungeon runners, the foul-mouthed sexists, the rude questers, the attention-seekers, and the like. Just difficult people that wander into your orbit and threaten to ruin your game session. So how do you handle them?
My general approach is to either ignore them or use goofy mockery and light-hearted silliness in response. Depends on the situation, of course, but I’ve learned a long time ago that it’s fruitless to try to stoop to their level. What’s your approach?