So I saw Markus write this and I was frankly concerned:
Not because of what he wrote but because I had this happen to me just yesterday.
I was playing roboticist as Circe (I have random job enabled for her) and after making a couple of medbots, gifting them to medbay and noticing other scientists were off elsewhere I decided I could try doing the new nanites.
I went to the RD and asked her if I could do nanites instead “because like, I don’t know how to make mechs”.
She instantly grabbed me and pushed me back into robotics where she started printing ripley parts.
And I said “Just because I don’t know doesn’t mean I WANT to know”.
Queue a discussion over what the job is and stuff she then grabs me, takes me outside and tries to steal my ID.
I run and weld myself inside robotics.
I grab the book and start speedrunning reading it.
The HoP comes and refuses to demote me because I told her the RD tried to take my ID away without asking.
And Given that I was finishing a mech right at that moment the RD looked like a fool.
She was clearly a bit OOC angry and argued with the HoP, who then, in a wicked twist of fate decided to demote her instead because she was going on a temper tantrum.
As far as I know she runs out, throws her ID on the ground and says something to the effect of “keep that I don’t care anymore”, now I can’t be sure but I didn’t see her again the entire round so I think she just cryo’d.
Now, why the hell did an IC issue cause OOC frustration?
Shouldn’t we accept demotion as part of THE GAME?
Circe as a character refuses to learn by anyone other than herself, so why did that character trait lead to an OOC problem?
How do we make demotion less about OOC and more IC?
What are your thoughts?