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27th Nov 2012, 6:00 AM
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Newbiespud 27th Nov 2012, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
It could be much worse. Apple Bloom could be behaving like your average, run-of-the-mill NPC.

Story time! Tell a story about an NPC that no one liked, maybe even hated.

129 Comments:

Zuche 27th Nov 2012, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
Little sister is surprisingly informative. Nice save by the DM, though.
Digo 27th Nov 2012, 6:29 AM edit delete reply
Yes, this is one good way to tug the adventurers in the right direction. ...or at least the direction the DM wants. :D
Raxon 27th Nov 2012, 7:42 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
If Applebloom is a little sister...

Yes. Big Macintosh would be perfect for the position of Big Daddy.
Kiana 27th Nov 2012, 10:13 AM edit delete reply
Kiana
Oi, I've been in that situation too many times... You have to carefully word everything you say to avoid forcing demands on the party.

Doesn't help that my current gaming group seems to prefer it when I say "DO THIS, IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO" as opposed to letting them decide. It's... a very strange situation to be put in.
Zuche 27th Nov 2012, 11:03 AM edit delete reply
Kiana, some people just don't want that burden in their games. It may seem strange, but after several campaigns burned to the ground by guys who see it as an opportunity to indulge the inner psycho-demon child, some folks would rather leave guidance in the hands of the person least likely to do that.
Kiana 27th Nov 2012, 11:14 AM edit delete reply
Kiana
Yes, I know SOME people prefer that, but I'm surprised I wound up with an entire GROUP of players where every single one seem to WANT to be railroaded.

Given, I HAVE been in a few games where the DM hated me just for asking the occasional simple question or even remotely acting outside of what he wanted my character to do.

Me: "Forget about burning the bodies, we have to hurry after the orc army."
Everybody else: "YOU'RE EVIL!"
Me: "No, my character is just PRAGMATIC."

Or how the DM got upset that the same character would rather kill a revenant assassin, rather than ask for his life story.
"He was your character's dead brother, raised from the dead!"
"Far as she was aware, he was a threat to the peace and danger to the party. Did you miss the part about being PRAGMATIC?"
Kiana 27th Nov 2012, 11:24 AM edit delete reply
Kiana
Oh, or the really fun one. Same DM.

My character (same as the previous two examples, in fact!) was a member of this kingdom's army. Another player joined around the same time I did and his character was a drow rogue. A very sexed up drow rogue who acted like a complete bimbo.

But on the with the story: The DM says how we see this drow being carted around by two members of the city guard. (I think it was two, maybe only one. The city guard, at any rate.) DM then sends me a note telling me that my character has to get her released from custody so she can come with the party.

Now, note that the information he gave the ENTIRE PARTY was that she was suspected of being an assassin. So right away, I ask "Why would my character do that? She doesn't KNOW the drow or have any reason to want her released."

DM tells me I have to do it. I ag