If you’ve been paying even the slightest attention to the hobby at all you’ll be aware of player types. From memory, I’ve seen such lists in the Fantasy Gamers Bible, in Robin’s Laws of Good Gamesmastering and in the Dungeon Masters Guide II for D&D 3.
In the lastest DMG, we get a run through again, but I see there’s a type I’ve not seen called out before: The Instigator
“An instigator enjoys making things happen. She has no patience for careful planning or deliberation. She’ll open an obviously trapped chest “just to see what happens.” She provokes authority figures and opens dungeon doors to bring more monsters into an already difficult fight. The instigator can be disruptive, but she can also be a lot of fun for the other players. Things rarely grind to a halt with an instigator in the group, and the stories that get retold after the game session often revolve around whatever crazy thing the instigator did this week.”
Interesting. Just when you think you’ve got a handle on the sort of players you might have rock up to your table, here’s another one. I can see how this type merits it’s own entry, and in hindsight, the typology has had an instigator sized omission for years.
I’m not sure I’d want a whole table full of instigators at a Con, but a couple could make for a very feisty game indeed.