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Just use that instead of freehands, which does exactly what it says and only fails when you are holding something you simply cannot put away (IE giant gun).
I like that it burns you or spills your drink. It teaches mindfullness of your character and their current in character situation.
This would create a situation where if you try to draw a gun to defend yourself when you're sitting at a bar with a cigarette and a whiskey, your character wouldn't spend the time to try and put a cigarette in their pocket, they'll just drop it to draw their gun.
If it had a huge debuff or something (beyond a small burn) I can see how it would be an issue but as it stands, to me, it's just a fun quirk.
This generation of gamers is fucking weak sauce, y'all.
Sure, another party could snag it while you put it aside to mess around with your items or whatever. But that's completely realistic and I think even this generation can deal with it.
'so you really want it to check for....'
I mean, sure? That'd be really nice code to have around and players would probably appreciate it? But also just the simpler solution of dropping it on the floor would be nice enough I think.
I think it's weird we have 'fh' and have people obviously developing the habit / muscle memory of using it except they shouldn't in this very unique case for completely pointless reasons. Spilling on yourself doesn't even...do, anything. If you want to RP it for 2 seconds yay, if you completely ignore it so does everyone else.
This is far from the only time NOT TO USE freehands.
This is a gameplay fact of life. Just because you developed this muscle memory doesn't mean anyone else in particular has. Stash this, lower that, sheath this, unwield that. I use stash, personally.
I'm not saying you or anyone in particular are the only ones so committed to freehands that you can't imagine re-training or ever having learned different in the first place, but:
If you train yourself to stash the things you mean to stash, then spilling a drink when you holy drek for Anor's sake really really need to fh with no more than two keystrokes won't seem so bad.
Make it have a chance to splatter other people in the room. Have it make you smell of alcohol and debuff your charisma. Then we might get some interesting scenarios out of it.
It's an in-joke that nobody finds funny anymore. A character spilling their drink because they're clumsy/drunk/dumb is fine and RP would come of it. A character spilling a drink because you OOC forgot something is awkward and everyone knows it and moves on. It's an OOC joke, at this point. Except it's IC, for some reason.
There are lots of OOC mistakes with IC consequences: leaving your apartment door open, forgetting to shut off your car, leaving your hook on a roof...the list goes on. These are habits the player develops for their character. Even if your character is a super-genius ninja they can make these mistakes. Same goes with this.
I will one up all of you on this subject.
There is something even MORE amusing that spilled drinks.
Nothing makes people around you scratch their heads in a WTF moment than when you pull a drink out of your inventory. Are you about to do something amazing?
give pint to JoeBaka
to joe "Challenge accepted. Hold my beer."