Read these two descriptions of how two different groups of players deal with a potential threat of otherwise incapacitated humanoids.
Let's assume, for the sake of argument, that both groups are equally as dangerous to the PCs and if given the chance will kill them. Which is the "better" solution?
Now this is not limited to adults or kids as one or the other. I just played a 4e game with a bunch of 10-11 year olds that wanted "to slaughter everyone" and fight the other characters. I have played with adults that are the same way. I have played with both age groups that would rather fine a more rational action.
Here is a question from Tenkar on "Why are PC's so hooked on Torture?"
And we wonder sometimes why we can't get new blood into our games.
Do we as a group encourage this sort of play? Is it something inherent in the rules or the agreed upon reality? That is a "violence begat violence" sort of deal?
I did my fair share of immature violence back n the day, but my DM quickly cured me of that.
I had a thief that I felt was a real bad ass. So while going through the adventure "Death's Ride" he shot a guy in the back with a crossbow. The NPC was annoying him (aka me) so I shot him. Throughout the entire run of the classic H-Series modules (Throne of Bloodstone) this NPC, now an undead revenant kept coming back to screw things up for me at the exact wrong moments. He went from a vague pest to a Deadpool like character that couldn't be killed or turned. And that included the insane humor. In the process the already deadly modules turned into a meat grinder with this guy (Kirkroy was his name) letting all the demons know we were coming.
In the adventures above if I were the DM for both. In #2 (which I was the DM) the characters were rewarded and considered to be heroes and saviors, not mass murdering thugs. In #1 (where I wasn't), well nothing screws up your day like a bunch of unstoppable undead warriors claiming vengeance on the murder of innocents.
What do you all think? Am I being overly sensitive?
Mind you for this argument I am not accepting "it's just a game" as an excuse. Maybe it is just a game. But I am talking about in-game behavior. You might as well say "oh that is because we are on Earth".