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Newbiespud 30th Nov 2017, 6:00 AM edit delete
By now it should be obvious that we're not in Kansas anymore.

I wanted this episode, along with this grand overarching plot, to end in a certain way that screencaps of the show simply cannot carry. And the only way that could happen without changing mediums entirely was if someone could make "fake" screencaps in the style of the show, right? A tall order.

As the clock ticked down, I remembered ChrisTheS of Star Mares and his several guest comics. So I contacted him again starting in late June, and now here we are.

What saddens me a bit is that I'm only using a portion of this art and covering the rest up with word balloons. Thankfully, it looks like ChrisTheS is posting the full-size raw sequences for each comic if you want to follow his deviantART account and check them out.

On top of all that, there's a ton of Dusk City Outlaws/Tales of New Dunhaven content to push out this week! First up is a session that I managed to find someone else to run.
Tales of New Dunhaven Session 9 - The Castle Antidote Job: Libsyn YouTube


Digo Dragon 30th Nov 2017, 6:20 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Ah, so it's GM BBEG Escape Trick #67B, the "supposedly trapped by the balcony edge over a high drop" scenario. A capital choice!

*adjusts monocle*

The hardest trick of any GM in building a reoccurring villain is how to have them meet the players without getting killed in the encounter. You could have minions stand in for the villain, or have the BBEG call the players by phone or magic spell, but there's just no presence like having the villain show up for a civil chat. On the other hand, players tend not to be civil toward BBEGs.

I find that for certain types of BBEGs, you can try setting the meeting someplace public, where a show of violence on the PCs part is only going to make them look bad. Can work well if the BBEG isn't publicly known to be evil (or wanted by the local authority).

One of my favorite BBEGs was from Shadowrun, a former Johnson turn traitor who would on occasion invite the players to dinner at a very fancy (and well policed) restaurant just to gloat. He even pays for the meal! Players eventually stopped showing up because they couldn't stand it. XD
FanOfMostEverything 30th Nov 2017, 7:34 AM edit delete reply
#67B takes on some new dimensions in a world where pegasi are a character race. On the one hand, the PCs can more easily confirm the BBEG's survival. On the other, he can have henchman waiting with an air chariot.
Digo Dragon 30th Nov 2017, 8:42 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Indeed. I one time had a villain jump out a window in an apparent suicide and the PCs were all like "Well, that was an easy win."

And then the villain cast quickened polymorph and flew away in hawk form. The egg on the player's faces was epic.

(bonus lol: auto-correct thought I meant ponymorph)
Freelance 30th Nov 2017, 11:38 AM edit delete reply
Let's not forget, he's also a unicorn. He may also be able to cast teleportation magic as well.
ChrisTheS 30th Nov 2017, 9:24 AM edit delete reply
I operate strictly on the 'no body, didn't happen' approach to boss recurrence.

And sometimes the boss is a warforged or similar artificial lifeform, which I can make more dynamic by giving them upgrades to compensate for the horrible injuries the PCs inflicted in their last encounter.

(For the record, I was doing this LONG before 'Shadow of Mordor' and its ORCS THAT WILL NOT DIE.)
Akouma 30th Nov 2017, 9:35 AM edit delete reply
Man, thinking of BBEGs gloating reminds me of the single dumbest thing I ever did in an RPG. So we were playing a game where everyone's a low-level super or techie, working as a UN task force to catch a particularly nasty serial killer in Mexico. I was the team's muscle and hacker (weird combo, I know.) Eventually we find the mastermind behind the whole thing, and we take him into custody. He's gloating on and on about how he's got connections and he's going to walk and we're just wasting time. Eventually I go up to him, point my comically large gun at him, and tell him to shut it. He goes &qu