My group have been playing various D&D style games for a few years,
I have one player however that often will drift off and start playing on his phone and several times has actually fallen asleep (with his character having to be "nudged" along by his fellow players).
He insists he's "just tired" and "isn't bored" — and besides, he keeps insisting we all get together for D&D and wants to play.
Unfortunately we're all pretty busy, so if I'm to get the group together at all it's usually late on a Sunday. After talking to the player he insists it's not the game, or the story, he just happens to be tired. But, it's the same excuse every week, and the odd times we've played at different times or situations, the falling asleep has happened.
How do I cope with:
- The morale destroying (for me) idea of your players falling asleep through a campaign and story you've put lots of work into.
- The general tone of the room when this player loses interest. (Occasionally a couple of others zone out into Facebook when they're not "active" because the players have split up / gone unconscious).
Given that it's an "all or nothing" situation with the group (there are only 3 players and they won't play unless all 3 are around), how do I best deal with it?