So. Let’s talk about PvP and PCvPC.
I love the idea of inter-PC conflict. This is something that is called “PvP” but I think should really be called PCvPC. In what I see as good, high-quality PCvPC action, I and the other player should be working together to create a scene/action/time that is satisfying to both parties. Our characters may get bruised, beat-up, one-upped, or lose status or position, but I as a player and the other player have worked together to make it something interesting and meaty to play with and through.
One of the best examples of PCvPC in my history was shortly after I joined the Camarilla back in 2000. I, being new, hooked up with someone local that was pretty bad news in the global game. Someone globally thought I knew that and took me to task for it on a public list. I e-mailed back with “Eep! I HAD NO IDEA, OMG, I JUST GOT MY MEMBER NUMBER.” The player e-mailed me back and we worked together on crafting some scenes where my poor PC took it pretty hard from some higher ups…but I was included in working out what would happen and what the results would be. I never once felt that I couldn’t go to the other players and say “Hey, X is kind of an issue, would Y work for your PC instead?”
PvP on the other hand means that you, as a player, are working to deny me, as a player, fun through my PC. PvP action is the kind of stuff where a bunch of people get together and decide to killbox someone at a major convention. Or on a local, small scale, one person decides he’s tired of your goody two shoes PC, waits until you’ve put them in a situation where you don’t expect it, and then comes out of the dark to stab you. There’s no fun in that for you as a player and you’ve just lost a PC. Meanwhile Tim (like in Holy Grail) on the other side of the table is gloating that he backed you into a corner and you “never saw it coming, did you? DID YOU?!”
So. Two questions. 1) How do we promote more PCvPC action in games/at the table? 2) How do we work to curb the instinct/desire for PvP action at the same games and tables?