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31st Aug 2013, 6:00 AM
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Prisoner's Dilemma
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Newbiespud 31st Aug 2013, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Author: Path Finder

Guest Author's Note: "In some groups, most players have a hidden agenda. Sometimes even goals that right out oppose the rest of the group (like sabotaging the search for the Gold City in a steampunk setting, because it will destabilize the economy of the character's homeland). These days everybody in my group suspects everybody else, which does not prevent us from working together for most of the time. Tell the story of character working secretly against the party because he was replaced by doppelganger, bribed, or just likes messing with GM expectations."

64 Comments:

Raxon 31st Aug 2013, 6:02 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Niiice. Good to see Paranoia so well represented in the comic for once.
Digo 31st Aug 2013, 6:08 AM edit delete reply
Indeed, that was some hilarious "Gambit Speed Chess" going on that ended in everyone loosing. XD

I remember a sitch in a D&D game where two players had secret agendas. One wanted a demon bound to him, the other a forbidden spell of power.
The above comic illustrates about as well as how our players ended...
Raxon 31st Aug 2013, 6:45 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
I might have such a story too. Allow me to tell you all about Raxdrones.

Raxon grows human bodies from his own, and stays connected to them remotely. He forms the monarch in charge of many, well, I can't say they're mindless drones. They must be programmed. In order to let them blend in with normal humans, they all have different personalities and appearances, and have the ability to learn on their own. However, their life support is dependent on Raxon. They are physically a part of him, literally parts of his body. His home is set to automatically give each one a unique look and a default personality. They could look like anyone. Be a physical copy of anybody. And now you know the secret behind the growing vagrancy problem in Metropolis.

On another front, Raxon has invited not one but two spies into his home(more if you count the chinese), and outright told them that they are welcome to snoop through anything they like, but it's on their own heads if the residents catch them. The first is from some dark, shadowy government organization.

The second came after Raxon went to Mount Olympus, threatened Zeus, mortally wounded Ares, healed Ares, got very drunk on a single cup of Ares' ichor, presented Circe's soul to Athena, and then tricked her into giving him permission to lift the curse on Euryale and Stheno. A curse that Hera placed on them to begin with.

This did not go over well with the gods. They decided that they should watch this mortal who can face them on even terms. They sent Athena in the guise of a woman named Serena to join his house, to watch it, and decide for herself whether he can be reasoned with, or must be destroyed.

The government spy is just a woman who happens to be employed by the US government to steal all of Raxon's secrets. Photographing all the pages of his spellbooks, including his runes of power, is her job. So to recap, one spy wants to steal all his stuff, while the other one might decide to murder him. Fun stuff!

Fun fact: Some of these runes are traps. When you look at them, written on neither stone, not parchment, written without ink, they become active, the rune becomes active, and activates upon being seen by any sentient person, much like exploding runes. These particular runes are summoning runes. They are part of a sinister, widespread plot to fill government complexes with ponies. Yes, Ponies. Dunwich is a fan.

The plan goes like this:

Researcher: Okay, let's see the latest scans from our agent in the field. Huh, that's a funny image. Almost- ACK!

*pony licks his ear*

R: What the- Where did you come from!?

Other researcher runs in. He see the monitor, but is more focused on the pony.

OR: What's all the- Where did you get two ponies?

R: There are two ponies now?

Manager walks in. "This is no place for talk of- WHERE THE HELL DID YOU GET THREE PONIES!?"



Yes, that's right. The runes are schmuck bait. Insultingly effective schmuck bait. Isn't it fun when you can balance espionage intrigue and humor?
zekrom 31st Aug 2013, 6:51 AM edit delete reply
'tis an ingenious plot! And one which I would wholeheartedly support.
Raxon 31st Aug 2013, 6:55 AM edit delete reply