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Newbiespud 28th Dec 2019, 5:00 AM edit delete
Author: GreatDinn

Guest Author’s Note: “Alternate title: Where Does She Keep These Wonderful Toys?

When you think about it, DM and Celestia have opposite problems. Celestia has had centuries of dealing with magical threats and either creating, utilizing, or sealing away magical items by the boatload, yet when the threats come back, her problem-solving team has never heard of them before because Celestia never bothered to make a list of these potential threats.

The DM has done nothing but make potential threats and magical items, and yet their problem-solving team succeeded so well that the list was basically ripped apart on day one.

Any stories about a DM’s unused lore?”

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ANW 28th Dec 2019, 6:16 AM edit delete reply
I did have a prompt, but GreatDinn had a better one.

I'll save it for later.
Steel Resolve 28th Dec 2019, 10:19 AM edit delete reply
In fairness, she sealed them away with the intent of never having them come back. Also, many of the threats she herself never heard of because Starswirl dealt with them.
StrykerC 28th Dec 2019, 3:35 PM edit delete reply
In a world of magic though it's rather foolish to assume anything is permanently dealt with. Even the dead aren't necessarily staying in their graves.

Now onto the prompt. I ended up building an entire planet for the group to deal with thinking they'd definitely jump into a mysterious portal as they had done in the past, only for this to be the One time they decided "nah, we should close it." Planet had a full on socio economic and weather system.
Steel Resolve 28th Dec 2019, 6:41 PM edit delete reply
Yeesh. If you put that much work in it... Maybe you have the portal activate and pull them in.
StrykerC 30th Dec 2019, 2:42 PM edit delete reply
It was tempting to do that but at the same time I hate playing under gms who railroad and so do my best to never do so myself. Honestly I just end up setting aside things like that to use for another campaign or a later one etc. My habit of building more sandboxy campaigns probably causes me to build way more then is neccessary anyhow.
Smithers 29th Dec 2019, 5:33 PM edit delete reply
I believe it's a corollary to Murphy's law that the more thought you put into a sub-area/world/plotline, the more likely the party is to completely ignore/invalidate it.
BackSet 28th Dec 2019, 4:11 PM edit delete reply
Does never having DMed and therefor never having a chance to use any lore I make for DMing count?
Extended Lore 28th Dec 2019, 10:55 PM edit delete reply
For those not as savy that know it everything... Can anyone explain the 'Extended Lore' and the GM reaction?
GD 30th Dec 2019, 10:51 AM edit delete reply
Extended lore, in the context of regular fiction, is all of the content that doesn't make it into the main product. Worldbuilding notes, cut scenes, extra books or movies, stuff like that.

For DM's, the extended lore is whatever the DM planned, but the players don't encounter. Sometimes it gets used later, sometimes it never sees the light of day. Sometimes the DM realizes later that the original idea wasn't that good, and can either tweak it or leave it be.

In this particular case, the reaction is along the lines of "Oh no, all of my notes are being used, even the ones I'm iffy about."
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