Not a very interesting story but one I am really reflecting on.
Ok so I just realized I ****** up as a DM with some super important RP timing with a new player that in retrospect would have made for some awesome roleplay and now i'm kicking myself and I want other people to judge.
>New player is a person who isn't a very experienced roleplayer but when it comes to her backstory, she starts to leave her comfort zone and actually gets invested
>Her backstory is that she used to run an orphanage that got taken over by some bad guy.
>roughly 6 ingame months later she returns to her town, to be found by one of the previous children who was at the orphanage. the kid is scared and doesn't want to go back
>finds out that the new owner is bad "oooo big surpiiiise"
>she goes to investigate, has to go undercover with are paladin.
>Gets inside and pretends to be mute while wearing cloth masking her face.
>Paladin has teamed up with druid so druid wildshapes into a cat and has the cat roam around the orphanage to find out why kid was scared.
>During that time, paladin and new player are being interviewed by "Bad guy"
>Druid snooping around, goes and finds some kids, kids are delighted to see cat, think its a gift from "Bad guy" (Bad guy isn't bad to the kids cause he actually kills em and pretends that the kids go missing to the other kids, basically twofacing the kids)
>Bad guy gets near end of interview, is getting suspicious, but then kids burst in saying "thank you!!!"
>Completely forget that New players character is deeply invested in these children that she hasn't seen in 6 months, that she should be incredibly moved by seeing their presence and that some form of emotion should have come out from her.
>proceed to have the interview of the paladin and new player come to a close and they are ushered out by "bad guy".
Other stuff happened later, but the problem is I realized that she would be so much more invested in the story had I just gave her that slight nudge of:
"As you hear the door slam open behind you, cheers of children pouring into the room, you turn and face these kids you have been worried about for the past few days after learning of the possible danger, you see their beaming faces all in grin as they are holding onto a familiar looking cat that looks disheveled in the arms of these children. Many of them look in good health as you hear them say, almost in unison: "Thank you for the cat Mr. Dominikus!" their faces lighting up towards the man you know to be dangerous. you can't help but feel this well of emotion overcome you."
I can't help but want to kick my former self for missing such an obvious ******* point in the game and now I feel like a complete idiot.
Like I said earlier not a very interesting story but one I need to talk say to someone.