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Newbiespud 18th Oct 2018, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Monologuing is, itself, a very orderly action if you think about it. One person talks and expects everyone else to wait due to status and decorum. Surely the most chaotic thing would be constant, neverending, hellish screaming. (Then again, kids show.) (Then again AGAIN; whaaaaaat, Discord is a bit of a hypocrite? You dooooon't saaaaaaaay!)

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Guest 18th Oct 2018, 6:07 AM edit delete reply
Monologueing is nice and all, but it tends to leave one open to attacks.
Anyone here ever took that open chance.
albedoequals1 18th Oct 2018, 6:17 AM edit delete reply
albedoequals1
Always. Never let the BBEG say anything, he's only trying to trick you. The GMs I play with have mostly stopped trying to do that, thankfully. We just get down to the try-to-kill-each-other part and skip the GM ego trip.
DuoScratch 18th Oct 2018, 7:06 AM edit delete reply
Ego Trip, HAH! Says the heroes of their own little universe, that basically can get away with anything they want!
Guest 19th Oct 2018, 7:18 AM edit delete reply
Making the players understand that it's not true is important (unless it's a campaign where it's true, in which case they should be informed it is).

Now if they want to RP their PCs like that anyway, it's up to them.
Digo Dragon 18th Oct 2018, 6:24 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Oh yeah, to hilarious effect this one time in a D&D campaign--

The PC party infiltrated the "evil fortress" and found the BBEG giving a speech to his minions on the next phase of his plan. The party hides off in the back behind a door as they listened to this plan. They study it for weak spots to exploit. At one point in the monologue the BBEG held up a book that contained important notes on a summoning ritual to bring forth an aspect of Tiamat into the world.

The party looked at each other and whispered a debate on the seriousness of this plan, then took more notes on what to do to stop this summoning. But then the wallflower cleric, who had been very quiet in the background up to this point, grabs her d20 and says "I shoot the book."

This caught me by surprise in the middle of the monologue as much as it did the party! So the cleric rolled to fire her crossbow and nat-20s her shot.

The table was silent for a moment. I stood up, picked up my notebook with all my DM notes and held it up in the pose that the BBEG did. I spoke the next line of the monologue, but interrupted myself with an action of a crossbow bolt knocking the notebook out of my hand. The notebook fell to the floor and several pages fell out.

I sit down, pointed to the mess on the floor and said, "Okay, so the cleric did that to the BBEG's ultimate plan. What's the next step?"

The party made one heck of a hasty retreat through several fights to escape with their lives, but I was laughing and enjoying just how brilliant the cleric stuck a size 12 wrench into the BBEG's size 6 gears of the plan. I awarded extra experience points that night.
Winged Cat 18th Oct 2018, 10:58 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Wouldn't the BBEG just be able to pick up the pages and put them back into the book? It wasn't a flaming or incendiary arrow, right? A hole in a few pages can be read around, unless the bolt struck a critical rune or something.
Digo Dragon 18th Oct 2018, 11:30 AM edit