This evening at the regular encounters game we ran into a bit of an unfortunate issue. A group for four new players, players who have never played an RPG before showed up to play encounters. This was the final session in the chapter, and they joined a large group of established players, many of who have been playing encounters since the program started.
We normally have two DM’s on duty, with 8-12 players showing up regularly. Tonight, we have 13, and that is without some of our regulars. Unfortunately, we had to split up the new players across tables, and I ended up with a table of seven, which is bad on a good day. To top it all off, Wednesdays are our busiest day, and it gets loud in there, think Gen Con loud.
I would not have enjoyed the experience, and response from the new players was mixed. They verbally expressed satifaction from the game, but their body language during contradicted that. The group left quickly after the session finished, so I did not get a chance to speak with them outside of the game context. Hopefully the experience did not leave too much of a sour taste in their mouth.