So I'm prepping for a game of Sorcerer tonight. Sorcerer is one of those games where you role-play a large number of (hopefully) compelling and sympathetic NPC's.
When I'm doing this stuff, I'll often think of fun little "bits of show business" for role-playing this person or that person. How they look, how they talk, funny stories they might tell, various rivalries and friendships. Right now I'm thinking of a 1950's DJ, "Wild" Bill Acres, and his on-air shenanigans, many of which are making me crack up, and I'm just hoping I remember them for tonight.
But here's the thing--the minute I get to the table, I become the most disorganized person alive. I'm trying to talk to players in real life, process plot-stuff from the NPCs' points of view, and handle mechanics. And often I'm desperately trying to find some little rule tucked away in the text. All the little spiels and fun mannerism stuff gets totally blown away.
Does anyone else have this problem? How do you overcome it?