Let him play with 2 beliefs. It’s his loss for not having 3 beliefs. Just don’t let him add a belief when he decides all of a sudden mid session he wants one that he thinks he’s going to fulfill in a couple minutes.
I believe the rules say 3 beliefs and 1-3 instincts, but it sounds like he’s being a bit stubborn so I wouldn’t push it right now. Just hammer on the ones he has and make his life interesting in general. If he gets invested in something he doesn’t already have a belief about, ask him then if he wants to take one.
I think I’ve always had one belief slot open at the start of the first session, and sometimes into the second or third. It’s easier to focus your attention on a few things and pick up the last one once stuff starts to happen.
@noclue: Yes. He’s done this every game we have played so far.
He also has this habit of walking away from the situation at hand. Like, we played The Sword once (he was Szisz or w/e), and the first thing he did was literally walk out of the room. I was stunned and didn’t know what the hell to do.
It’s not a problem to only have two beliefs. He’s shortchanging himself because he has less potential to earn Artha, but it won’t hurt the game in any way. Now the other behavior you describe on the other hand…
Is your player at all aware of the social contract that comes with playing a roleplaying game? I mean, if the player isn’t gonna engage with the GM’s thing and refuses to offer the GM hooks via Beliefs, he’s not playing the game.
It’s like sitting down to play Monopoly and refusing to pick a playing piece.
Yeah, the character walked out the room.
And I put up with it because… well… he’s one of my best friends.
I tried to explain to him the social contract and even the many elements of roleplaying theory. I tried to explain to him what I expected out of him in playing the game, but the response was always the same…
“It’s just a game, dude. Chill out.”
Right, it’s just a game, but if you’re gonna play this game - as opposed to that game - then you’ve got to play as the game expects. You can’t just stand around on the court during a pickup basketball game and say “It’s just a game, dude. Chill out.”
Really, you just need to figure out what he cares about and make sure the game is about that. If you’re already doing that and he’s still not buying in to what’s happening, maybe it just ain’t for him.