Is there anything I can do about a player and his girlfriend constantly making out instead of playing the game without full support of the rest of the group?
I’ve recently started a campaign with my RP group of 2 years. Despite never making a group contract or formally discussing what's expected of everyone there are some basic protocols of etiquette that I believe are being violated.
Recently one of the players has invited his girlfriend to join the group without consulting the rest of the group. At first no one had a problem with this, but as the sessions continued their displays of affection went from subtle to distracting and disruptive.
During character creation they sat at the table making out for nearly an hour. They ignored the setting information provided by the DM, forgot to generate critical stats and forced us to wait around for them to finish their characters for an additional 30 minutes. Playing around them was difficult due to the significant amount of noise they were making.
The group consists of 6 people: the DM, 2 other players, myself and the couple. After the couple left the rest of the group and I had a discussion about the situation. One player felt like I did, that their behavior was disrespectful and distracting. One player seemed uncomfortable, but didn't voice a strong concern either way. The DM seemed only mildly annoyed, attributing the behavior to “young love” and was unwilling to bring the issue before them.
The way I see it 2 (me and the other player) players have a real problem with this, 3 (the DM and the couple) have no problem with it and 1 (another player) could go either way. At best if I were to bring this to a vote with the group we would have a tie. Normally I would go with the will of the group, but I feel strongly that this behavior should not be allowed to continue. If they prefer to be affectionate to one another instead of playing the game then they shouldn't attend.
I realize I could simply remove myself from the situation and refuse to attend until the issue is resolved, but I love this group and it took nearly 2 years to get it started. I don’t want to throw that all away, but without the full support of a group majority I don't feel like I have the authority to demand they stop.