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The Height of Annoyance

“Why does everyone keep going, ‘KITTY!’ when I’m a dangerous and deadly predator!?”

One of my regular groups has been playing a modern paranormal game using Savage Worlds. It’s a mash up of the Dresden Files along with a little bit of the World of Darkness, but with our own spin on the setting. Our eclectic group of supernatural folk include a nervous changeling fae, a rich kid selkie, a witch blood that talks to dead people, a water wizard that is a descendant of lost Atlantis, and my exiled werewolf. Since I was playing a werewolf, I pictured her human form as muscular and tall, but when the group started talking about what our characters looked like, I learned that everyone else in the group was either the same height as my character, or taller. Hrmph!

Okay, so my annoyance at this is kind of petty and a bit silly. In the grand scheme of the game, so what if most of the group is 5’10” or over 6’? Does it really matter if the character I pictured as tall enough to stand out in a crowd is suddenly eye to eye or overshadowed by everyone else? Not really, but it can still be a little frustrating when the vision you had of your character doesn’t quite work in the light of what the other players have chosen for their characters.

In this particular case, the disputed feature is height, but I’ve seen this kind of disconnect come up with other kinds of physical features before. Someone made a red head, only to find out that almost every character in the party is a ginger. Or, the player who made a character they wanted to come off as tough, only to discover the rest of the party looks like a biker gang on a bad day.

So, what do you do with a frustration like this?

Whatever route you choose to get around your annoyance, the biggest suggestion I can make is to not be a jerk about it. Yeah, it might be annoying that the description you gave your character doesn’t quite line up with what you hoped after you hear about the rest of the characters, but it’s usually not anything someone did on purpose. Figure out a way to get over your annoyance and get back to the important stuff: the game.

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#1 Comment By Wayne On January 31, 2020 @ 3:47 pm

I found myself surprised that 5’10 would be a selected height when thinking of tall. I am 5’10 and consider myself average at best. This also goes to show the differences in perspective between males and females. Was your group a mix of male and female characters or all female? I ask because I don’t think I have ever made a male character that wasn’t at least 5’10.

#2 Comment By Angela Murray On June 13, 2020 @ 12:19 am

Hey, sorry I missed this when you posted it! This is exactly what I mean about perceptions of height. I learned this in a writing group I was part of a while back. We were discussing well-known characters from the writers in the group and people started putting some numbers on the heights. What we realized was that short and tall for the 5’1″ author is vastly different from short and tall for the 6’1″ author.

I’m 5’8″ and consider myself decently tall for a woman, but to my 6’4″ brother, I’ll always be short. 🙂