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Ten Times a Decade
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Newbiespud 30th Apr 2015, 6:00 AM edit delete
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As a DM, if you want to hinder the players somehow without being to obvious, you can try "helping" them instead: Tagging along an NPC that has the same aspirations but messes up in some small or big way. Of course, you'll need to previously have had genuinely helpful NPCs tag along so that they don't suspect the plot twist too quickly.

Oh, I'm not implying anything about Spike here, by the way. Sometimes the "helpful" tagalong is just there to poke fun at the players.

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Toric 30th Apr 2015, 6:02 AM edit delete reply
A team of colorful primitive gnomes hidden in your bedroom may seem like an inconvenience at first, but when they kidnap your ringmaster and take him to the woods for unknown reasons, they become a full-blown pain!

Even if the Woods were where the quest was.
ZhonLord 30th Apr 2015, 1:23 PM edit delete reply
That sounds like an episode of Humanity has Declined.
HiveLordLusa 30th Apr 2015, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
He's right, you know. It does sound more official.

As usual I can't Story Time, oh well. I do want to hear about "Troll NPCs" (TNPCs?) though.
FanOfMostEverything 30th Apr 2015, 7:22 AM edit delete reply
Players of Kingmaker may be familiar with Awks, the huge, brutish idiot who you can recruit after beating the Stag Lord. Our DM had a field day with him, showing far more creativity than should be possible for a character with Int 3 when misinterpreting our commands. Anything we told Awks to do, he turned into an excuse to hurt people. Eventually, we sent him to labor in a gold mine... where he befriended a rust monster and fed it pickaxes.

In the end, the miners broke into a cavern full of all kinds of fungi, and Awks was turned into a yellow musk zombie. None of us were in the least bit upset, except for my druid, who regretted having to clear out such a fascinating ecosystem.
aylatrigger 30th Apr 2015, 9:54 AM edit delete reply
This is different if you mean trolling NPCs, NPCs trolling, or NPCs who are the race troll.

I don't think I have had any of the last yet. But as for the first two:

Trolling NPCs: One time the party had suddenly appeared in a new town. Everyone in the town couldn't see or hear us. We went to the tavern. Eventually we heard the bartender give a plot hook to another adventuring party (barbarian, rogue, cleric, paladin, and wizard) about a cave of evil spirits. Being pretty much spirits at that point, we decided to follow them. As we were following the party, we got bored. So we started playing jokes on them, talking, poking them, and so on. ...My LG monk did not see the harm, as they could not feel, see or hear anything from us, and let it happen. Anyway, as we were going to the cave, we were getting more 'in tune' with the real world. So the ethereal knife that was placed in the wizard's head slowly started itching and hurting him, eventually driving him insane. He ran off. One of our party members talked to the cleric, but the cleric wouldn't listen. So he told the cleric that he was the cleric's god, and now hated the cleric for ignoring him. The cleric broke down. The paladin would not listen to our party, so our trouble makers instead convinced the barbarian that the paladin wanted to kill him, and he needed to kill the paladin first. ...The barbarian thought the voices were his consciousness, and went through with it. At this and the fondling done by our rogue, the rogue ran straight into the cave. Seeing the rogue run and the barbarian kill the paladin, my monk finally got a clue that something was wrong, and went after the rogue to try to console her. ...Being in the cave made me more real, but the rogue took this as a sign of being crazy. She tried to commit suicide. I tried to stop her. I did, but then she succeeded in her second attempt.
aylatrigger 30th Apr 2015, 9:54 AM edit delete reply
NPCs trolling: One game I was GMing had two trolling characters, neither of which trolling on purpose. One was our ranger NPC, who was the stalker/poisoner/yandere for our party's language professor and hexblade (our party was him and his failing students, all from That University). Anyway, her stalking tendencies including numerous attempts to make love to him, mostly through poisoning his tea. This did upset him a lot, and I would say mostly trolled the character as the player sometimes even took over the role of the stalker in order to troll his own character, who hated her. The other trolling character was definitely not trolling on purpose, as his Intelligence was 1. Orc was the High Priest of Bahgtru, orc god of stupidity (and loyalty and strength, but I think those are sec