Kicking a player out of my gaming group is something I’ve never had to do, but I’ve talked to folks who’ve done it (and had it done to them). It’s not a pleasant prospect, but it’s something that many GMs will have to address at some point in their GMing careers.
Have you ever had to kick out a player?
Unlike some of my other posts, this one has no connection to my current gaming situation — I’m fortunate enough to be gaming with a very good group. But it is something that comes up for a lot of GMs, and I don’t feel qualified to write a post on this topic since I’ve never done it myself.
So I’m turning this one over to the TT community — if you’ve ever had to kick someone out of your gaming group, tell us about it in the comments! I’m very interested to hear how it went, and I suspect a lot of other GMs will be as well.
As a starting point, here are 5 questions that seem like they would be useful to have answered:
- Why did you kick out this player?
- How did you go about it?
- Did you talk to them about it first?
- Was it the right decision?
- What did you learn from the experience?
Depending on what kind of responses this post gets, I may do a follow-up that compiles your tips on this topic into an advice post.
Update: That follow-up has now been posted: How to Kick Out a Player and Respect Yourself in the Morning compiles all of your tips into a simple 3-step process for GMs to follow. My thanks to everyone who shared their stories and advice about this topic!