I had a lot of stuff to talk about on the subject of madness. As it happens, I had so much to talk about that I elected to split it up into two columns instead of writing one monster, scratching and crawling about in a lone column’s space. And as I sat down to write this column, I realized that I have an entire column’s worth of things to say about a single facet of madness: acting mad.
Herein we come to the meat of what bothers me about madness as most players use it: It winds up getting used as something wacky. It’s an excuse to do things that are wild and unpredictable because your character is so crazy. That bothers me because there’s so much to be done with madness and so many ways to make it an interesting character trait. It’s not something for casual or shallow use.