I had been invited to play in a Vampire the Masquerade game that had been running for a while. The Storyteller only had 2 players, both of whom were playing Assamites and both had lots of experience already. Unfortunately, the Storyteller and the players had all played Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Second Edition and had carried over a house rule from that game that all new characters start at level one; hence, I started as a beginning character. In VtM that isn’t as big a problem since the chance to hit someone or to do damage wasn’t affected by level.
My character was introduced in the middle of the story, and that’s where the problems began. The two Assamites were hunting another vampire and a chase had begun along an interstate. My character was introduced, sitting on a motorcycle on an overpass as the other players ran past. One of the Assamite saw my character, saw the motorcycle and did the most obnoxious but logical thing. He punched my character in face and snatched the motorcycle and rode off after his prey. My character was shocked and so was I – easiest role playing moment ever. As quickly as I was introduced into the game, I was taken out of it by a combination of poor forethought on the part of the Storyteller and the logical yet selfish actions of a player.
This was undoubtedly the worst role playing experience that I had. It’s something that I’ve learned from as well. I always keep this experience in mind when I’m planning to introduce a new character.