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16th Apr 2015, 6:00 AM
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Like an Open Book
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Author Notes:

Newbiespud 16th Apr 2015, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Story time! Tell a story like the one in the comic: A time when out-of-character or meta knowledge helped a player get motivated.

(Like I even needed to prompt that, but at this point in the buffer I'm busy packing for the aforementioned long freaking trip that I'll have just returned from yesterday in your time, so I'm tired and ain't got much else for the Author's Note.)

39 Comments:

Toric 16th Apr 2015, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
Kingmaker. All of Kingmaker. Both me and another player were gunning for rulership from the very beginning because we knew that was a thing that would happen. It led to a lot of squabbling and posturing, but I ultimately lost because of smear campaigning and the fact that the other candidate had a total of three votes from the very beginning in a group of seven.
Disloyal Subject 16th Apr 2015, 7:46 AM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
I keep hearing about this premade; I'm gonna have to try it sometime... I -did- pregen an ECL 10 party for a politics-focused campaign to be set in a kingdom; be interesting to see how they did...
Mykin 16th Apr 2015, 10:16 AM edit delete reply
Mykin
You and me both. It feels like I see an ad for the campaign every other week and it always fills up before I get a chance to really look into it. I'm not one for politics, but it could be interesting in this kind of setting.

For one thing, you can actually fireball the smug, slimy jerks you don't like running and still somehow get away with it.
Digo 16th Apr 2015, 6:15 AM edit delete reply
Metagaming as motivation... well in Doc's quest to win the hoof of the fair and kind pony Mirror, there have been some OOC notes the GM passed along that basically said the possibilities are good of them hooking up if I say a few romantic things and let her set the speed of the relationship. So I used that as motivation to have Doc attempt to woo the unicorn.

I think it worked, but now I'm not so sure cause she seems really mad that Doc hasn't done any seriously heinous crime and I'm getting OOC hints that I have to lie and make up some kind of real atrocity to make Mirror pleased. Um...?

Maybe I could steal some ideas from Powder Keg.
Mykin 16th Apr 2015, 10:43 AM edit delete reply
Mykin
I'm starting to see some problems in your relationship in the future. Especially if it becomes a game of escalation with Doc's lying and he hits a point where he has to prove he can kill an orphan for his lollipop or lose her affection forever. Still I'll be rooting for him. *Gives a thumbs up*
Digo 16th Apr 2015, 11:18 AM edit delete reply
Well, Doc isn't going to lie just to please Mirror. I'd rather break off the relationship than have my character spin all sorts of falsehoods and masks just to make someone else happy. Because yeah, that will not end well. Especially when her dad is the pony equivalent of Genghis Khan! O_O
Mykin 16th Apr 2015, 12:53 PM edit delete reply
Mykin
...Past experience is telling me that your GM is only letting Doc date Mirror just so he can eventually get a reason to have her dad come after Doc with a vengeance. The knowledge that her dad is basically Genghis Khan only reinforces this and sets off my "Your about to