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Newbiespud 25th Apr 2020, 6:00 AM edit delete
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Author: GreatDinn

Guest Author's Note: "I'm annoyed at myself with this page, because it made me realize there was a way better title for an earlier page. While I'm happy to have the reference I did for 'A Waste of Good Violence,' I feel like 'They're Dead, Gym' would have been way funnier. (Because it's also very bad.)

MD's problem on this page is...one that I encountered a lot in my early GM days. It's...very, very easy to focus on just your players and either their immediate or overall antagonists, which means when you have the realization that 'Of course there would be other people gunning for this MacGuffin,' you have the equally painful realization of 'And I haven't established any of them, so this is going to go over like a lead balloon.' It's not necessarily a bad thing if the players and antagonists are the only ones seeking the same goal, but it depends on the world you've established up to that point. When you're in your head a lot...that can be difficult to keep track of. There's reasons that I do a lot of Player/NPC interaction now, and it's not just because I like making characters.

Any stories about the party or DM forgetting about other potential obstacles?"
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6 Comments:

Guest 25th Apr 2020, 6:39 AM edit delete reply
No problem. I save strips. Since title doesn't appear within the artwork, I just went back and re-titled 1359.
Guest 25th Apr 2020, 7:04 AM edit delete reply
Reminds me of a setup I came up with once for a game I never ran.

To sum up a big, long, complicated mess: there's trouble brewing in the kingdom, the king puts up a bounty for dangerous artifacts that have been appearing all over, and the party is introduced in a popular roadside town that gets more than its fair share of adventurers. They see some royal messenger doing his job to a crowd of clearly seasoned adventurer types, and overhear the bit about a bounty on these powerful but dangerous artifacts, and something about ensuring the safety of the kingdom by having them cleansed in holy flame by the local solar religion and sealed away in a vault. This would also give the party a chance to get to know their rivals and potentially recruit an NPC or two. Which really would just give me someone who wasn't a PC to kill off via plot twist, but you know.

(The artifacts are of the sentient evil sort, so just having one in your possession tends to get you possessed; naturally, the king was possessed first and is actively trying to convert an army by getting powerful adventurers possessed, too. The solar deity is also not actually a solar deity, and is the one behind it all.)
Robin Bobcat 25th Apr 2020, 3:40 PM edit delete reply
Which in turn reminds me of a game that I had prepped bu never ran.

Basically, the Big Bad Evil is gearing up to wreck the local kingdom. Rumor spreads of an Artifact of Pure Good, which could be used to seal away the evil baddie forever. This leads to some heroes (including the party) questing about to find it.

It's found in some abandoned fortress. Nasty things try to stop them, all kinds of shenanegains. They find it, a mossy stone sphere with an aura of good magic.... but nothing artifact level..

Turns out the whole thing was cooked up by the evil, as a method for getting the more powerful folks out of the way, occupying them on a useless quest for what amounts to a rock with some holy water stashed inside...
A Quiet Reader 25th Apr 2020, 9:18 AM edit delete reply
Of course, as in the movie, why would anyone else willing tangle with a tyrant like Sunset Shimmer?
DanaO 12th May 2020, 7:15 PM edit delete reply
My reflexive response would be "because she encouraged them to run so she'd have options to split an opposing vote later". This does just belay the underlying question, but without a more comprehensive coverage of the student body and thus Sunset's relationships with everybody than even the source movie really gave us, it's plausible she could manage it.
Digo Dragon 25th Apr 2020, 1:19 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
MD? Did you have a dyslexia moment?


I ran a Shadowrun session where the PCs had to break into a cloning facility to steal three bodies (these bodies weren't consciously alive. Celebrities and the rich pay to have their organs cloned in case they suffer an accident and need replacement "parts". No active brains are grown in the bodies, so they're basically metahuman veggies).

As the PCs broke in to grab clones, they bumped into another runner team that was paid to collect bodies. The PCs were very surprised in a way that looked like they never considered that other runner teams exist outside them. XD