I once spent six and a half hours creating a Rolemaster character. Six and a half bloody hours. I figured I'd keep it simple for a first character (I knew what to expect as I played MERP) and so I created a warrior 'so as not to complicate things'. Six and a half hours, to work out stats, skills, weight, height, eye colour, bleeding sock size. Six and a half hours.
In his very first game he died. After 30 minutes. After being backstabbed by a frigging assassin.
And I was the only player in the game.
I shit you not.
PS: I hate being a player.